People and the environment are central to our mission and one way in which they come together is through land use planning. Many land use decisions are made locally by our Planning Boards and these decisions shape our communities. Associate director June Hammond Rowan’s research is focused on understanding these boards and the decisions they make. A goal of this work is to help improve long-range, comprehensive land use planning when making short-term decisions about development.
CFE is working with the Squam Lakes Association and other partners on developing a new Squam Lakes Watershed Plan. PSU graduate students have assisted with public meeting facilitation, interviewing stakeholders, surveying visitors to the region, and comparing watershed modeling tools for application in the Squam Watershed.
Analysis of Master Plans and Land Use Regulations
Land use and development are shaped by the plans and decisions made at the local level by municipal Planning Boards. Master Plans are created and adopted by these boards and serve as a comprehensive, forward looking policy statement to guide the overall character, physical form, growth, and development of a community. We are working on a comprehensive analysis of Master Plans in New Hampshire in order to determine how communities are addressing possible future changes in the natural and built environments and related impacts on the population. In 2017-2018 we will be expanding this work to to determine how communities are addressing stormwater impacts in land use planning process to determine successes and gaps in protecting both the quality and quantity of our water resources.