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Planning Board

Planning Board

Elected or Appointed

Duties of Position:    The Planning Board approves subdivisions of land and site plan approvals for multi-family, commercial and industrial uses of land. The board oversees the writing and updating of the municipality’s master plan and proposes zoning amendments and holds public hearings about those amendments before approval by town meeting or legislative body. The board may also grant certain zoning permissions under Innovative Land Use Controls. Planning Boards also prepare a municipality’s capital improvement plan, unless delegated to a capital improvement plan committee.

Responsibilities:    Attend planning board meetings, develop a understanding of local land use regulations.

Appointing Authority:  In Towns, appointed by the governing body unless the town has chosen to have members elected by the voters In cities elected or appointed as provided in the city charter

Length of Appointment:  Three-year term.

Time Commitment:    Attend regular monthly meetings of the Planning Board and undertake such other duties that are assigned by the Board.

Qualifications:      Eligible candidates include adults over the age of 18 who are U.S. Citizens and who reside in the town or city. Prior interest in and knowledge about land use planning and regulation preferred but not required.

Support Provided:    The town or city may pay for training programs provided by the New Hampshire Municipal Association and the NH Office of Planning & Development.