The Planning Board is entrusted with the task of promoting the health, safety, and general welfare of the residents of the Town; protecting and conserving the rural, recreational, and historic value of properties; encouraging the most appropriate use of land throughout the Town; and promoting the efficiency and economy in the process of development. The Board uses the Master Plan and related processes as its guide to make recommendations and establish long-range goals for the proper development of the Town
DUTIES OF THE PLANNING BOARD
The duties of the Planning Board are established pursuant to New Hampshire statutes (RSA 674:1, 5, 35, & 43). Among these duties, the Planning Board is responsible for:
- Prepare and update the Town master plan;
- Prepare recommendations for programs for municipal development, programs for the erection of public structures, and programs for municipal improvements;
- Prepare and draft recommendations for amendments to the zoning ordinance and zoning map;
- Prepare and update the capital improvements program; and
- Prepare and administer land development regulations such as subdivision regulations and site plan review regulations.
PLANNING BOARD COMPOSITION
The Planning Board is composed of four (4) citizen volunteers approved by the Board of Selectmen for a term of three (3) years. The terms are staggered so two members of the board are appointed each year. A member of the Board of Selectman also sits as ex-officio voting member of the Planning Board. Alternate Members are appointed by the Planning Board.