NHPA 2024 Spring Conference

The NHPA 2024 Spring Conference is scheduled for Friday, Jun. 14, at Keene State College in Keene, NH


9:30 - 10 a.m. Registration with Breakfast - Register, network and enjoy breakfast.

10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks from NHPA President

10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Keynote Address on Keene's History - Featuring Andy Bohannon, Deputy City Manager, City of Keene, William Dow, Records Manager/Deputy City Clerk, City of Keene, Rhett Lamb, former Planning Director, and Jenna Carroll, Director of Education, Historical Society of Cheshire County

11:15 - 12:15 p.m. Plenary Session - City of Keene Land Development Code, featuring Jesse Rounds, Community Development Director and Rhett Lamb, former Planning Director

12:15 - 1:45 p.m. Lunch and 2024 NHPA Awards Presentation 

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. Plenary Session - 21 in 21: Keene's Middle Neighborhoods - featuring Keith Thibault, Southwestern Community Services

2:45- 4:00 p.m. Mobile Tours

Option #1: Winchester Street Reconstruction (Drive to Walmart then walk to roundabouts)

Participants will have the opportunity to see the ongoing reconstruction and improvements to Winchester Street from the Route 101 Roundabout to the bridge over the Ashuelot River. In line with the City's Complete Streets Policy, the project seeks to address the needs of all users including bicyclists and pedestrians. For more information, visit: https://www.keenewinchesterstreet.com/

Brett Rusnock, Engineering Tech, City of Keene

Option #2: Keene Downtown Core

Participants will have the opportunity to visit several sites in downtown Keene including the Cheshire Rail Trail, Monadnock Food Cooperative, Hannah Grimes Center, and the Patricia T. Russell Park.

Mary Ann Kristiansen, Executive Director, Hannah Grimes Center

Andy Bohannon, Deputy City Manager, City of Keene

Evan Clements, Planner, City of Keene

Option #3: The Magical History Tour: A Historic Walking Tour of Public Art

Participants will have the opportunity to take a tour of a series of murals in Keene’s downtown. For more information, visit: https://keenenh.gov/our-city/events/walldog-murals

Wall Dog Murals

4:00PM – 5:00PM Planner Meet Up: Modestman Brewing

100 Main St, Keene, NH 03431 (6-minute walk from conference)

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Thanks to our sponsors!

The Dollars and Sense of Multifamily Housing

The Dollars and Sense of Multifamily

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Program | NHPA AICP Scholarship

Starting in 2021, the NH Planners Association started its scholarship program which can be used towards AICP certification for first time exam candidates, those in the AICP Candidate Pilot Program, and those who are repeating the test.

The scholarship program will be provided on a rolling basis, with up to three (3) scholarships available for the May and November examination windows, each, with a maximum of four (4) available per calendar year.

A candidate cannot receive the scholarship twice in the same 365 days. Scholarship recipients will be reimbursed up to the maximum of $220 which may be used for the Planning Experience Essay Fee or AICP Exam Registration Fee. The scholarship will be in the form of a reimbursement.

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Past Event [12/2/2022] | NHPA 2022 Annual Meeting

NHPA held its annual meeting at Fratellos Italian Grill on Dec. 2! Members were asked to vote for Executive Committee members.

NHPA 2022 Annual Meeting Agenda

Past Event [11/18/2022] | "The ins and outs of Stormwater Utility Ordinances"


Gretchen Young, PE, City of Dover, NH

Renee L. Bourdeau, PE, Senior Water Resources Engineer, Geosyntec Consultants

Emily Scerbo, PE, Vice President, Stormwater Practice Leader, Tighe&Bond

Past Event [6/15/2022] | Places For Everyone -NHPA 2022 Spring Conference

NHPA held its first in-person spring conference since 2019 on June 15 at the Holiday Inn Downtown Concord. Session topics included a law update, affordable housing, placemaking, and outdoor dining and accessibility.

Agenda: View the conference program.


“The Role of Trust, Relationships & Vulnerability in Building Places for Everyone” (Anthony S. Poore, Keynote Speaker)

"Ending Zonings Racist Legacy" (Jennifer Raitt)

"2022 Land Use Law Update" (Natch Greyes)

"Navigating Outdoor Opportunities in Downtown"(Beverly Mesa-Zendt and Anne Weidman)

“Planning, Implementing, and Surviving a Successful Downtown Renovation: The Story of Concord’s Main Street Project” (Carlos Baia)

Award Winners:

City of Manchester for its Master Plan (Plan of the Year)

Strafford Regional Planning Commission for its Promoting Outdoor Play! project (Project of the Year)

Charlie King from Farmington (Citizen Planner of the Year)

Diane Hardy, AICP and Ross A. Moldoff, AICP (Jeffery H. Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award)

NHPA Spring 2022 Conference Award Winners

Past Event [6/2/2022] | NHPA Field Trip to Franklin, NH

Franklin Field Trip header

On Thursday, Jun. 2 NHPA hosted a Field Trip to Franklin, a professional development workshop highlighting several revitalization efforts in the Three Rivers City

Over 35 people attended this insightful walking tour led by Steve Whitman of Resilience Planning & Design LLC; Seth Creighton, AICP, planning and zoning director for the City of Franklin; and Marty Parichand of Outdoor New England (ONE).

Attendees learned about the role public-private partnerships have played in the downtown's ongoing revitalization, in addition to the significance of the new whitewater rafting feature built into the Winnipesaukee River. This is the first phase in building out a whitewater rafting park at Mill City Park. When completed, this recreation resource is projected to be a huge economic driver for this former mill town and has even been a factor in procuring developers to build out new housing in the City.

The speakers, including Marty Parichand, also talked about the importance of creating community buy-in and how important it is for citizens to advocate for their city and get involved in making a difference. In addition to owning the community's outdoor outfitter, Marty is also involved with the non-profit Mill City Park at Franklin Falls, whose mission is to, "Let the Winnipesaukee River repower our community." Steve Whitman is also active with this non-profit.

Past Event [12/3/2021] | NHPA 2021 Annual Meeting

NHPA held its annual meeting at Fratellos Italian Grill on Dec. 3! Members were asked to vote for Executive Committee members and by law changes! See the voting form that was used.

NHPA 2021 Annual Meeting Agenda

Past Event [8/2021] | UNH Student Presentations

In August 2021, UNH students shared the results of their research regarding the effects of the COVID pandemic on UNH facility utilization and community outreach strategies. View the UNH student presentations.

Past Event [12/2/2022] | NHPA 2021 Spring Conference 

The 2021 NHPA Spring Conference was held as a three part webinar series. The sessions were recorded and can be accessed through the links below. The sessions were recently approved for AICP CM credits.

Collaborative Economic Development and COVID-19

The Seacoast Economic Development Stakeholder are a group of economic development directors, chamber of commerce executives, and other public and private economic development stakeholders in the greater seacoast region that have held weekly teleconferences since March 2020 to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on our economy and businesses. The session demonstrates how peer learning and collective action have helped communities in the seacoast to respond to the pandemic and why these efforts are likely here to stay.

Speakers: Natalie Moles, Economic Recovery Coordinator, SRPC; Mark Laliberte, Business Resource Specialist, NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs; Robin Comstock, Economic Development Manager, City of Somersworth

Moderator: James Burdin, Senior Regional Planner, SRPC

Engagement in a Virtual World - Pros and Cons

Lisa Wise is an engagement specialist who will share her experience working on several municipal engagement campaigns during the recent pandemic. Chris Parker and Jen Czysz then discuss the pros and cos of in-person versus virtual planning board meetings.

Speakers: Lisa Wise, Climate Adaptation Program Manager; Jen Czysz, AICP, Executive Director, SRPC; Christopher G. Parker, AICP, Assistant City Manager, City of Dover

Moderator: Cordell Johnston, Government Affairs Counsel, NHMA

Broadband Planning Panel - Access to a Growing Digital World

This session highlights the importance of broadband considering the lessons of COVID-19. As appointments, classes, jobs, and access to basic needs have migrated online, the need for broadband connection has expanded and become central to conversations around equity and recovery.

Speakers: Carol Miller, Director of Broadband Initiatives, National Collaboration for Digital Equity; Dr. Robert McGlauphlin, Executive Director, National Collaboration for Digital Equity; Michelle Moren-Grey, Coos COunty Broadband Group; Glenn Coppelman, Carroll County Broadband Group

Moderator: Kaela Tavares, Community and Economic Development Planner

NHPA puts on multiple events each year from our annual spring conference and fall annual meeting to brown bags, webinars, and even planner therapy cocktail hours. We hope you join us at our future events and offer you the opportunity to look through our archives below for information on previous events.

Event Archives



We were happy to host this year's NNECAPA conference at the Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire on November 13-15.

Check out the program (print friendly version available)

NHPA Ethics Session in Nashua, NH June 2018

NHPA Brownbag Series: Municipal Regulations for Tiny Homes

Thank you for attending the Municipal Regulations for Tiny Homes session on Friday May 10th.

Speakers included:

Ben Frost, Esq. AICP--Director, Legal & Public Affairs, NH Housing

Steve Paquin, NH Building Officials Association

Robert Tardif, NHDES Administrator, Subsurface System Bureau

Check out the presentations