News & Events
Wednesday October 06, 2021
2021 BIA Forum on Workforce Housing: New Hampshire’s Housing Crisis and The Economy
October 06, 2021 | 11:30 am - 1:00pm
Thursday September 23, 2021
Missing the Middle Housing hosted by Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast
September 23, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00pm
Defined as “a range of house-scale buildings with multiple units that are compatible in scale and form with detached single-family homes”, missing middle housing includes duplexes, triplexes, quads, rowhouses and townhouses, cottage clusters, garden apartments, and more. Missing middle housing isn’t new or innovative – in fact, these types of housing are all around us, hidden in plain sight! There is a movement across the country – in Minneapolis, Oregon, California, Washington D.C., and elsewhere – to relegalize these housing types to allow for greater diversity, increased density, and greater affordability without changing the feel of beloved neighborhoods. Join Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast for a discussion about missing middle housing and the planning tools, including form-based code, we can implement to diversify our housing supply. Panelists: · George Proakis, AICP, Executive Director, Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development, City of Somerville, MA · Heather Shank, City Planner, City of Concord This conversation will be moderated by Jodie Nazaka, Senior Planner, City of Manchester.REGISTER NOW
Wednesday August 25, 2021
The Impact of the Housing Shortage (hosted by NH Business Review)
August 25, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:00pm
The lack of housing options in the state not only affects residential buyers, but high rents and tight inventory make attracting young professionals and top talent to the area increasingly difficult as well. What else is the housing shortage affecting and what impact does it have on business?
Harrison KanzlerHarrison is the Executive Director of the Mount Washington Valley Housing Coalition. A North Conway native, Harrison grew up in the family owned and operated Cranmore Inn where he learned about the tourism industry of the Mount Washington Valley first hand. After settling down and starting a family in the Mount Washington Valley, Harrison realized the threat of housing shortages facing the Valley he called home and wanted to get involved. He held office as Representative for Carroll County District 2 during the 2019-2020 biennium and worked with the Mount Washington Valley Housing Coalition to put forward pro-housing legislation. When the position of Executive Director opened up for the Mount Washington Valley Housing Coalition, Harrison decided to exit State politics and focus on working with the towns of the Mount Washington Valley on their housing issues. Harrison currently lives in North Conway with his wife and two children.
Benjamin Frost, Esq., AICPBenjamin is the Managing Director of Policy and Public Affairs at New Hampshire Housing, where he manages legislative initiatives, communications, research, and strategic planning, and also serves as internal legal counsel. He frequently presents on issues concerning affordable and workforce housing, land use law, and ethics. Frost is on the board of the NH Planners Association and the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association and serves on the Amicus Curiae Committee of the American Planning Association. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in geography from Colgate University and Syracuse University, respectively and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.
Elissa MargolinElissa serves as director of Housing Action NH, a statewide organization of 80 organizations and businesses working to improve state and federal policy so everyone in New Hampshire has a place to call home. Since its founding in 2009, Housing Action NH has successfully secured appropriations for the Affordable Housing Fund, increased funding for NH’s homeless shelters, increased federal resources for housing, established a new Medicaid benefit for supportive housing services, helped pass accessory dwelling unit legislation, created the Housing Appeals Board, and protected the Workforce Housing Law. Elissa holds a J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law and a B.A. from McGill University. She resides in Portsmouth. VIEW RECORDING
Wednesday July 07, 2021
Charrette Reveal (hosted by Mount Washington Valley Housing Coalition)
July 07, 2021 | 5:30 pm
Wednesday June 23, 2021
Innovative Multi-Family Design & the Pandemic Influence (Part 2)
June 23, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 5:00pm
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. 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.
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.
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 Wednesday, June 16 | 4 – 5 PM 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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 March 17, 2021
Matters of State: North Country
March 17, 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 February 24, 2021
Matters of State: Seacoast Region
February 24, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:00pm
Wednesday February 17, 2021
Matters of State: Monadnock Region
February 17, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:00pm
Wednesday January 27, 2021
Manufactured Housing on the Seacoast
January 27, 2021 | 8:30 am - 9:30am
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