How can I join and be a member of the Planning Board?
Contact the Planning Department or attend the meetings and ask if there are any current openings on the Board. Members and alternates serve three year terms, unless someone is appointed to fill a vacancy due to a resignation, in which case the term is for the unexpired portion of the original member’s term.
How can interested citizens raise concerns about a project to the Planning Board?
Abutters and interested citizens are encouraged to contact the Planning Office with questions or concerns, view plans on file in the Planning Office, submit written comments to the Planning Board, attend the public hearings, or watch the meetings on the local cable access channel or on their computer (streamed videos).
What is the difference between the Planning Board and the Planning Department?
The Planning Board is a 10 member board appointed by the Board of Selectmen that meets the third Thursday of the month. The membership is made up of 4 regular members, 1 ex-officio from the Board of Selectmen and 5 alternates. The Planning Board is charged with specific duties and responsibilities as set forth by New Hampshire State Law. These duties include the preparation and amendment of a Master Plan, and review of subdivision and site plans. The Planning Board also prepares and recommends proposed zoning and regulations changes and additions/amendments to the Capital Improvement Plan.
The Planning Department supports the Planning Board in its duties and is the day to day contact for the public. The Planning Office consists of the Town Planner and the recording Secretary. The Town Planner facilitates the subdivision and site plan review process.