December 6 Puritan Backroom in Manchester, NH NHPA Annual Meeting
THe NHPA Annual Meeting was
Friday, December 6 at the Puritan Backroom Function Center. The event included the Association’s Annual Business Meeting, a buffet
luncheon, and professional development for planners (CM credits
pending). The Association updated members on the results of its
Legislative Survey (check your inboxes in November) and engaged with
attendees on legislative and policy goals for the next session of the
Legislature. Members heard updates on NHPA’s finances,
professional development plans, and progress on the NNECAPA section
efforts with the state associations. Finally, attendees heard about the new fire/building code and how it applies to planners as well as a session from
planners and economic development officials on innovative planning
projects currently underway in the communities of Keene, Laconia, and
Somerworth. Speakers presented in a fast-paced TED Talk style format
and attendees had the opportunity to engage with presenters.
Check out the Agenda
Changes to your NHPA and NNECAPA membership renewal process for 2020
The New Hampshire Planners Association (NHPA) is becoming a
Section of the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association
(NNECAPA). Here is what to expect about how your dues amount and method of
payment will change. Check out this document for more information.
Member of APA/NNECAPA & NHPA
When your APA/NNECAPA renewal comes due in 2020, your Chapter dues will be $80 and will automatically include your NHPA membership. You will not need to renew your NHPA membership separately or pay additional dues. If you were previously an NHPA member through an organizational membership, discuss this with your employer, as you will no longer need to pay NHPA dues separately. During the 2020-2021 transition period, annual Chapter dues will be $80. NNECAPA anticipates returning to a dues system based on a percentage of APA dues (which are income-based) in 2022.
Individual member of NHPA Only
All members of NHPA who renew their membership for 2020 will become members of both the Chapter (NNECAPA) and the New Hampshire Section (NHPA). Later this fall, you will receive an email from the American Planning Association (APA) asking you to renew your Chapter membership (APA manages membership on behalf of NNECAPA) for a period beginning January 2020. You will not need to become a member of the APA to be a member of NNECAPA and NHPA. Your NNECAPA dues for 2020 will be $80 and will automatically include your NHPA membership. You will not need to renew your NHPA membership separately or pay additional dues.
Organizational Members of NHPA Only
All members of NHPA who renew their membership for 2020 will become members of both the Chapter (NNECAPA) and the New Hampshire Section (NHPA). Later this year, your organization will receive membership renewal forms from NNECAPA. A form will need to be completed for each person in your organization that is an NHPA member. The NNECAPA dues for 2020 will be $280 for your organization and will automatically include both NNECAPA and NHPA membership. You will not need to renew your NHPA organizational membership separately or pay additional dues.
NNECAPA will be continuing to offer organizational membership during the 2020-2021 transition period for those organizations that were previously NHPA members. Starting in 2022, organizational membership will be phased out and those people in your organization who want to continue being NNECAPA and NHPA members will need to join as individuals.
Review the Model Groundwater Protection Ordinance
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services created and periodically updates, the Model Groundwater Protection Ordinance to serve as a reference for communities seeking to adopt local controls to protect groundwater that may serve as a source of drinking water.
The Model ordinance was last updated in 2015 and is scheduled to be updated
Please take a moment to review the model ordinance, review your own ordinance, or think back to a recent planning effort in your community, and let us know how the model ordinance can be improved upon. A link to the Model Groundwater Protection Ordinance and the survey is below.
If you have any questions or comments on this process or have additional input, please contact Andrew Madison at 603-271-2950 or Andrew.Madison@des.nh.gov.
The Latest Legislative Activity
Check out the 2019 Legislative Tracker.