Local Solutions to the State’s Housing Crisis Webinar Series

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Plan NH is partnering with the New Hampshire Municipal Association, the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs, and others to promote a five-part webinar series titled, “Local Solutions to the State’s Housing Crisis.”

This series will take place every Thursday from 12:00-1:00 PM from February 15 – March 14 with the goal of sharing successful examples of how municipalities throughout the state have addressed the housing crisis. This free series is being offered for municipalities, members of the public, planners, and others who have stake in New Hampshire’s current housing crisis.

Read more about each session below and on the series flyer here.

Thursday, February 15 – Our Housing Shortage

This presentation will focus on the background of the housing shortage and the direction that housing development appears to be headed. It will include an overview of OPD’s “New Hampshire’s Housing Supply: Current Estimates and Trends – 2023 Update”, a report on residential building permit activity throughout the state in 2022.
• Ken Gallager, BEA, Office of Planning & Development, Principal Planner
• Natch Greyes, NHMA Government Affairs Counsel
• Noah Hodgetts, BEA, Office of Planning & Development, Principal Planner

Register for the 2/15 session here.

Thursday, February 22 – The Intersection of Development and Clean Water

This presentation will discuss Town of Enfield’s efforts to provide additional opportunities for development while also balancing water quality issues.
• Brandon Kernen, NH Department of Environmental Services Drinking Water & Groundwater Bureau Administrator
• Rob Taylor, Town of Enfield, Land Use and Community Development Administrator

Register for the 2/22 session here.

Thursday, February 29 – YIMBYism: A Different Approach to Development

This presentation will focus on how two different communities worked to not only change their zoning ordinances, but also their approaches to development, focusing more on working with applicants to help them fit their proposals to their respective zoning ordinance.
• Bryce Kaw-uh, City of Manchester Planning Board Chair
• Bart McDonough, Town of Newmarket, Planning & Community Development Director

Register for the 2/29 session here.

Thursday, March 7 – Transfer of Development Rights 101: A Primer

This presentation will focus on the City of Dover’s Transfer of Development Rights Ordinance and how it could be adapted by other communities to allow development to grow organically while also preserving greenspaces.
• Donna Benton, City of Dover Planning and Community Development Director
• Christopher Parker, City of Dover, Deputy City Manager – Development & Strategic Initiatives
• Ryan Pope, City of Dover Community Housing Navigator

Register for the 3/7 session here.

Thursday, March 14 – Attracting Developers

This presentation will focus on the factors, conditions, and incentives which attract developers to propose new housing developments in a community and the barriers which keep them away.
• Jack Franks, President & CEO, Avanru Development Group Ltd.
• John Randolph, Owner, GSD Construction
• Maggie Randolph, Architect, GSD Studios
• Sal Steven-Hubbard, Real Estate Development Director, Lakes Region Community Developers

Register for the 3/14 session here.

Each session must be registered for individually. Slides and recordings will be posted here after each session.

This series is a partnership between the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs, New Hampshire Municipal Association, New Hampshire Planners Association, New Hampshire Association of Regional Planning Commissions, Community Development Finance Authority, Plan New Hampshire, New Hampshire Housing, and the Center for Ethics in Society at Saint Anselm College.