New Hampshire Housing Announces 22 Community Planning Grants for NH Municipalities

New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority today announced its first round of awards to New Hampshire cities and towns through the Community Planning Grant (CPG) Program. The CPG Program was created by New Hampshire Housing, in collaboration with a consortium of public agencies and state-wide institutions, to help New Hampshire cities and towns improve their land use regulations and create more resilient local economies. Funding is provided through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). New Hampshire Housing is one of 27 state and local agencies to be awarded a share of $28 million in FY2011 grants through HUD’s Community Challenge Grant program, which aims to reform and reduce barriers to achieving affordable and economically vital communities.

The CPG Program will help municipalities reform and streamline their regulations to help promote development that will have a lasting positive impact on communities while also helping them conserve important resources.

Based on the recommendations of an advisory committee, New Hampshire Housing has awarded 22 grants to municipalities totaling over $550,000 in this funding round. These awards were made on a competitive basis and awardees were selected from 32 applications seeking nearly $830,000 in funding, collectively.

Grant awardees in New Hampshire Housing’s first round of CPG funding are: Amherst, Brookline, Dover, Dunbarton, Enfield, Farmington, Goffstown, Greenfield, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Hooksett, Keene, Laconia, Lebanon, Manchester, Milford, Peterborough, Portsmouth, Rindge, Salisbury, Seabrook, and Temple.

Projects receiving funding include the development of mixed-use and multi-family housing overlay zones in village centers; downtown infill ordinances; neighborhood heritage districts; form-based codes; building codes that focus on energy efficiency; conservation subdivision ordinances; corridor planning for areas of heavy commercial and automobile activity; and others. Some communities have been awarded grants to review land use regulations to help determine which changes should be made in the future to align these codes with community master plans.

Information about the second round of CPG grants will be announced later this year. Special funding allocations will be made specifically for communities that seek to create neighborhood heritage districts or to adopt inclusionary zoning ordinances that promote affordable housing. For more information about New Hampshire Housing’s CPG Program, please visit the NH Citizen Planner Collaborative at www.nhcitizenplanner.org.

 

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