News & Events
Wednesday January 20, 2021
From the Outskirts to Downtown: Taxes, Land Use & Value in 2 Southwest NH Communities
January 20, 2021 | 6:30 pm - 8:00pm
What types of development create the greatest tax revenue for New Hampshire communities – suburban sprawl and big box stores, or dense, downtown development? In New Hampshire, property taxes are the key revenue source for local governments. Tax rates, land use and land value from one end of town to the other often vary in surprising ways. On Wednesday, January 20 at 6:30 PM, Joe Minicozzi of Urban 3 analyzed property tax revenues in two southwest region communities of Keene and Peterborough in an engaging, free webinar for residents and public officials. WATCH VIDEO RECORDING The presentation was hosted by Keene, Peterborough, and the Southwest Region Planning Commission; it is presented by New Hampshire Housing, which contracted with Urban3 to analyze what types of development offer the greatest tax return in 15 communities around the state. By using data to create 3D visualizations, Urban 3's analysis reveals the potential for improving the fiscal health of these communities. The visuals present a clear and data-driven understanding of the economics of place. With these 3D depictions of its data, a community has a tool to make public policy adjustments, with the goal of creating long-term financial resiliency. This is one of a series of live New Hampshire-focused webinars Minicozzi is presenting (most of which will be video recorded and available online). On October 15, he launched his first presentation with a statewide focus on Berlin, Claremont, Concord, Dover, Exeter, Hanover, Hudson, Keene, Laconia, Lebanon, Nashua, Pelham, Peterborough, Portsmouth and Rochester. (In 2018, the Orbit Group hired Urban3 to conduct an analysis of Manchester.) Joseph Minicozzi, AICP is the principal of Urban3, which looks at how land is used and affects tax productivity. He is an urban planner who utilizes new ways to think about and visualize land use, urban design, and economics.WATCH NOW
Wednesday January 27, 2021
Manufactured Housing on the Seacoast
January 27, 2021 | 8:30 am - 9:30am
Wednesday February 17, 2021
Matters of State: Monadnock Region
February 17, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:00pm
Wednesday February 24, 2021
Matters of State: Seacoast Region
February 24, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:00pm
Wednesday March 10, 2021
Matters of State: Mt. Washington Valley
March 10, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:00pm
Wednesday March 17, 2021
Matters of State: North Country
March 17, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:00pm
Wednesday March 24, 2021
Keeping Kids Out: Virtual Session on Educational Barriers in NH
March 24, 2021 | 4:30 pm - 6:00pm
Matters of State: Greater Nashua
March 24, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:00pm
Wednesday May 05, 2021
Building Smart for Stronger Communities
May 05, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00pm
To address our region’s housing crisis, many new homes are needed. Through thoughtful planning, we can tackle this challenge in a way that strengthens community bonds, bolsters local tax bases, and ensures quality of life for residents. This workshop will cover a variety of planning tools available to communities, including strategies around land use, transportation, infrastructure, and conservation.REGISTER NOW!
Thursday May 06, 2021
Virtual Small-Scale Development Boot Camp (May 6 – 27)
May 06, 2021 | 9:00 am - 12:00pm
Building on the Incremental Development Alliance's Small Developer Workshop hosted by New Hampshire Housing and Build Maine last fall, this Virtual IncDev Boot Camp gives those participants an opportunity to apply that training to their actual development project. Participants will work through exercises like building and refining their pro forma, creating an investor proposal package, and drawing out the zoning parameters for their lot. Participants can also practice pitching their project to the group and instructors in order to get feedback in a supportive environment.
Attendance at a previous Incremental Development one-day Workshop Course is required (either the Small Developer Seminar or Workshop). Send an email to be considered for a special exception.
Important Notice: Due to ongoing COVID-19 precautions, this Boot Camp is a virtual event. Logistical details and additional information will be sent to all registrants prior to the Boot Camp start date.
Virtual Boot Camp Dates:
May 6: 9 AM - 12 PM
May 13: 9 AM - 12 PM
May 20: 9 AM - 12 PM
May 27: 9 AM - 12 PMScholarships are available! Contact: George Reagan, Community Engagement Manager email@example.com REGISTER NOW!
Wednesday May 12, 2021
Land Use Regulations
May 12, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:30pm
Land use regulations can help our communities provide the homes needed for resident health and economic vitality; however, they can also be barriers to a community’s ability to respond to specific needs and adapt to change. Come learn about how land use regulations impact our region’s homes and strategies to better provide the homes we need now and In the future.REGISTER NOW!
Tuesday May 18, 2021
Belonging by Design with Talmira Hill (hosted by Plan NH)
May 18, 2021 | 9:00 am - 11:00am
Will be hosted via Zoom “Integrating Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) by Design,” will engage participants in considering how basic DEI concepts are defined and applied using examples from the built environment. The session will include three segments:
- reviewing working definitions of “diversity,” “equity” and “inclusion” that can be applied to the built environment and in other contexts;
- considering examples of how DEI concepts are being applied (or implemented) through specific projects in the U.S.; and
- discussing in small groups how DEI concepts are being (or might be) applied in New Hampshire.
Wednesday May 26, 2021
Employer Assisted Housing (hosted by Keys To The Valley)
May 26, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00pm
A shortage of affordable homes creates many challenges for employers seeking to attract a workforce. Some employers have responded to the challenge by developing new homes themselves or investing in new home creation. Learn about strategies that employers of all sizes have undertake to address this challenge, and how you business or organization could get involved.REGISTER NOW
Wednesday June 02, 2021
Missing Middle Housing (hosted by Build Maine)
June 02, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00pm
Maine is feeling the housing crunch with less than 30 days of housing inventory on the market, driving up prices to unsustainable levels. In order to protect the parts of Maine we all love most — our open fields, forests, farms, long views, and wild areas — we are going to need to quickly make it easier to develop and redevelop in our village, town, and city centers. Dan Parolek, planner, developer, architect, and author of Missing Middle Housing holds the key to overcoming many of the challenges that have prevented housing development in the hearts of our communities. The answer is in the smaller multi-family building types that form the fabric of our communities and that continue to be a key part of our affordable housing stock in Maine. More information can be found at www.opticosdesign.com and www.missingmiddlehousing.com.REGISTER NOW
Tuesday June 08, 2021
Jeff Speck: Planning That Belongs in NH (hosted by Plan NH)
June 08, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 5:30pm
Plan NH is pleased to host a session with Jeff Speck, national thought leader on the role of walkability in economic and community development. Mr. Speck will address Planning that Belongs in NH in a fun and thought-provoking way. If you have not yet heard him speak, you are in for a treat! The event is free but registration required. Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who advocates internationally for more walkable cities. As Director of Design at the US National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he presided over the Mayors' Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design. Prior to his federal appointment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at DPZ & Co., the principal firm behind the New Urbanism movement. Since 2007, he has led Speck & Associates, a private design consultancy. Mr. Speck is the co-author of Suburban Nation, which the Wall Street Journal calls "the urbanist's bible.” His more recent book Walkable City, was the best selling city-planning title of the last decade. Its sequel, Walkable City Rules, is described by Kurt Andersen as “a must read for urbanists, city-builders, and everyone who lives in cities.” His TED talks and YouTube videos have been viewed more than four million times.REGISTER NOW
Friday June 11, 2021
Housing Solutions Breakfast (hosted by Vital Communities)
June 11, 2021 | 7:30 am - 9:00am
Are you ready to be part of the effort to improve home availability and affordability? Join residents, employers, officials, and other leaders ... Learn about exciting housing approaches being used in the region ... Help unveil “Keys to the Valley,” an online information tool for organizing and encouraging dozens of different strategies and tools that will help us meet this regional challenge! Presenters and projects: -ADU partnership, Montpelier -Homeshare, Thompson Senior Center, Woodstock, VT -Mixed Use Zoning, Hartford, VT -Capital for Affordability, Corporate Council & Evernorth -Rental Rehabilitation, Windham and Windsor Housing Trust PS. the Zoom link will be sent a few weeks in advance. Please bring your own coffee and bagel to this virtual "breakfast."REGISTER NOW
Wednesday June 16, 2021
Innovative Multi-Family Design & the Pandemic Influence
June 16, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 5:00pm
A 2-part webinar presentation on innovative multi-family affordable housing design from the perspectives of an architect and developer, with a look at trends prior to, and influenced by, the pandemic. PART 1 The pandemic and its impact have underscored the importance of having safe, healthy, and affordable housing. With this has come an examination of design and development considerations and trends that have proven beneficial, and those that are coming to the fore. These trends include access to open space; building ventilation, technology and efficiency; designing units for home/work adaptability; community engagement; and the use of commercial spaces. NICK COOPER, AIA, a principal and design director for HKS Richmond, and BERNARD HARKLESS, a developer with Lynx Ventures and an affordable housing advocate, will discuss developing and designing multi-family affordable housing. They’ll also explore how their experiences apply to other housing and development initiatives. There will be a Q&A and participants are encouraged to submit questions when they register for this free event, as well as during the webinar. PART 2 Wednesday, June 23 | 4 – 5 PM A regional look at how some leading professionals in the fields of development, architecture, and engineering have been planning for multi-family post-pandemic design in affordable housing developments. Presenters: KENDRA HALLIWELL, AIA, ICON Architecture; REBECCA HATFIELD, Senior Vice President of Real Estate, Avesta Housing; JAMES PETERSEN, Petersen Engineering.
Thursday June 24, 2021
Small Solutions: Tiny Houses in New Hampshire (hosted by Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast)
June 24, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00pm
The Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast is sponsoring a free webinar on Tiny Houses. Thursday, June 24 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. You can register here: https://www.seacoastwhc.org/event-details/small-solutions-tiny-houses-in-new-hampshire. With family sizes shrinking and the proportion of one-person households growing, New Hampshire is looking toward smaller solutions to the state’s housing crisis: accessory dwelling units, pocket neighborhoods, and, of course, tiny houses. Small homes are more affordable to build, make use of existing land, can be grouped together on one parcel harmoniously, and fit into even the most rural seacoast communities. In this webinar, attendees will hear from three tiny house enthusiasts:
- Caroline Corriveau, AAIA is an architect with Warrenstreet Architects who lives in a tiny home she built herself.
- Steven Paquin, the Code Official for the Town of Wolfeboro and Vice President of the NH Building Officials Association.
- Don Powers, the Founder and President of Union Studio, will share his decades of experience designing diverse and vibrant communities.