Please join us for Planner Palooza and the NHPA Annual Meeting! 
November 7th, 2014

Click here to see the agenda 
Click here to register
CM credits for Planner Palooza are pending. CPG morning session may be worth 2.75 CM, the Getting InVESTED Roundtable may be worth 1.5 CM, and the Claremont Comeback Session may be worth 0.75 CM which means you can earn 5.0 CM for attending the day long event. 

Join the NHPA Book Club!

The Book Club is discussing "Last Harvest" by Witold Rybczynski on Friday, January 16th 2014, 5:30pm at Fratellos, 155 Dow Street in Manchester.  

Experience the entire process of a 90 acre cornfield being converted into a single-family residence detached subdivision.  Meet all of the players from the farmer to the abutters to the political leaders to the first residents of the new homes. 
Last Harvest was voted one of the ten best books of 2008 by the editors of Planetizen, and as Publishers Weekly said, "Rybczynski provides historical and cultural perspectives in a style reminiscent of Malcolm Gladwell, debunking the myth of urban sprawl and explaining American homeowners' preference for single-family dwellings."

Whether you've read the book or not, you are invited to join this FREE event. 

For more information, contact Elizabeth Wood or (307) 751-0296 


 2014 NNECAPA Awards Nomination Period Deadline fast Approaching!

The submission period is now open for the 2014 NNECAPA Awards!
Do you have an innovative project or plan that got recently completed?
Do you know a professional or citizen planner you think deserves the

 Each year NNECAPA recognizes the hard work and accomplishments of the Northern New England  planning community with the presentation of a series of awards. Nominations in the categories of  Professional Planner, Citizen Planner, Plan, and Planning Project of the Year are sought during the  summer. Final presentations are made at the Annual Fall Planning Conference.

 Visit the NNECAPA website for submission requirements

 NNEECAPA has extended their awards submission deadline to July 25th.


The NHPA Executive Committee has selected November 7th for the Annual Meeting and is pulling together an excellent array of professional development opportunities to compliment the annual meeting. If you have a training idea you would like to see us put into action please let us know.

This fall the committee is also working on an overhaul of our website and an update of our database management system. While most of this work is behind the scenes it will ultimately make it easier for you to sign up and stay in the loop on NHPA events, trainings and opportunities. We look forward to seeing you in November!

     Sarah Marchant, NHPA President


The Town of Merrimack, NH has hired Donna Pohli as their new Assistant Planner in the Community Development Department.  Donna comes to us from a recently completed fellowship with the City of Dover, NH’s Community Development Department and completing her Master of Public Administration degree from the University of New Hampshire.  Donna replaces Jeff Morrissette, who left Merrimack in May for the Town Planner position in Westford, MA.

Goodbye and good luck to Vanessa Goold of Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission. She and her husband have moved to Maryland to be closer to their families and pursue new endeavors.

Jodie L. Levandowski joined the Milford Community Development Office as the Town Planner this past June. After graduating from Plymouth State University in 2004 with a degree in environmental planning and GIS, Ms. Levandowski worked for the Manchester Planning and Economic Development Office and the Londonderry Community Development Office, and spent the last two years working as a land use consultant with a private firm on Long Island. 

Mary Brundage is NRPC’s Regional Planner and provides support on a variety of land use projects including the NH Broadband Planning and Granite State Future. Prior to joining NRPC, she has worked at the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission (SNHPC) as an Associate Planner. Her projects at SNHPC included scenic byways, open space plans, hazard mitigation, and source water protection. Mary has received her M.S. in Natural Resource Management at Antioch University New England and her B.S. in Geography from Montana State University.


One of NHPA's own, Steve Whitman of Jeffrey H. Taylor and Associates, has recently co-authored an article titled Taking the Permaculture Path to Community Resilience. The article appeared in Practicing Planner in June, and attempts to get planners to view our communities as the ecosystems they are and consider how the components of these places can be better integrated. Permaculture is a holistic, integrated system analysis and design tool that very few planners are using. Whitman and Ferguson suggest in the article that planners should know about permaculture and begin using it as a framework to guide their communities. The full article can be found at: http://www.planning.org/practicingplanner/default.htm

"Creative Ways to Engage the Public in Decision Making" Brown bag discussion, October 17th.
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