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New Hampshire regional planning commissions were established by NH state legislature in 1968. Regional planning commissions are governed and controlled by a Board of Commissioners comprised of representatives appointed by each of the Commission’s communities. Communities may either appoint or elect their representatives to their regional planning commission. RPC’s are required by NH Statutes to carry out a variety of duties, such as creating a regional Comprehensive Plan, completing a housing needs assessment and reviewing developments of regional impacts.
The primary role of a Regional Planning Commission (RPC) is to support local municipalities in their planning and community development responsibilities. This is done in a variety of ways such as:
- Assisting communities in preparing local planning documents such as master plans, CIPs, natural resource inventories, open space plans and hazard mitigation plans;
- Developing local ordinances and providing technical assistance and general guidance to local land use boards;
- Helping to secure funding for transportation and other infrastructure projects;
- Working with municipalities to obtain and administer state and federal grant programs; and
- Reducing costs to municipalities through regional coordination, intermunicipal cooperation and problem solving (NHARPC.org)