Plan New Hampshire, The Foundation for Shaping the Built Environment (Plan NH), is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization formed in 1989.
Illustrations Courtesy of Candia, NH Charrette
Way back in the ‘80s. a group of architects came together with an idea. They wanted to create a way for architects to talk with non-architects – like landscape architects, planners, interior design folks and even engineers, historic preservationists and others who cared about the built environment and community design and their impact on towns and neighborhoods.
And so Plan NH was born, officially in 1989.
Today, we are a 501 (c ) 3, with a still-growing membership of planners, designers, builders and others.
We have a Vision of vibrant communities across the state.
To achieve that, our mission is to “foster excellence in planning, design and development of New Hampshire’s built environment.”
Plan NH champions principles and ideas that balance what we build, where we build and how with:
Needs of People
The needs of people – where they live, how they get about, what services are necessary, what they value.
Sense of Place
Maintaining the “sense of place” of our towns, cities and villages that makes them unique.
Needs of Environment
Protecting our air, water, flora and fauna.
Plan NH fulfills its mission through promoting Smart Growth and other sustainability principles via
The Community Design Charrette program – an exercise in which local citizens and Plan NH volunteers come together to explore potential solutions to planning or design issues in individual New Hampshire towns.
Recognition of outstanding examples of work that reflects Plan NH’s Mission through a Merit Awards program.
Scholarships & Fellowships
Scholarship & Fellowship awards that support students from New Hampshire who are studying in a field related to Plan NH’s Mission.
The Municipal Technical Assistance Grant (MTAG) Program, offering financial assistance to communities who wish to expand housing options through zoning changes.
Plan NH cannot do its work alone.
Besides the many, many volunteers, members and financial supporters in the organization that make our programs happen, Plan NH has good relationships with New Hampshire Housing, UNH Cooperative Extension, the NH Planners Association, AIA-NH, the Granite State Landscape Architects, NH Preservation Alliance, Workforce Housing Coalitions, AARP, the Endowment for Health, and more.
Plan NH is a member of the NH Center for Nonprofits, Smart Growth America, Strong Towns, the NH Planners Association and the NH Preservation Alliance. Plan NH also serves on the steering committee of NH Alliance for Healthy Aging, is on the editorial board of AIA-NH’s Forum and is a member of the 2019 Housing We Need Roundtable.