Plan NH is pleased to announce that the Municipal Technical Assistance Grant (MTAG) Program will continue in the coming year. Applications for the next round of funding are due September 29, 2017. Selections will be made in October.
The program is for NH communities who want to expand options for places to live (eg, by location, and/or design) and need to change their zoning regulations in order to do so. For example, the community may want places to live in the town center, but current zoning does not allow it. Or people may be looking for denser neighborhoods of smaller homes, but current zoning does not allow it.
Funds are for hiring consultants to review current regulations and re-writing what’s there and/or creating new ones to address the changing wants and needs of the community’s members.
A 25% cash match is required. The timing of the process allows for those communities who need to go to Town Meeting in 2018 for the cash match.
A key part of the program is community outreach and engagement in the process.
Updated information and application materials will be available the last week of July. Meanwhile, interested community members may review the 2017 information here: NH MTAG Program Description and Application Materials 2017-18 to get a sense of the program.
In 2016, the towns of Boscawen, Franconia, Hinsdale and Peterborough were selected. Currently, the towns of Candia and Rochester are just getting under way.
If you would like to learn more about how this could work for your community, please give us a call at 603-452-7526.