The laid back life is what I like best about this area.


Central New Hampshire
Regional Planning Commission

CNHRPC_Green_Logo_2007_medium.jpg28 Commerical Street, Suite 3
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: 603. 226.6020
Fax: 603.226.6023

Central New Hampshire Regional Plan 2015

The Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission (CNHRPC) prepared the draft Central New Hampshire Regional Plan 2015 to provide communities with important information, analysis and recommended strategic actions that can be used in the preparation of master plans and other local documents.

The Regional Plan build on past and present planning efforts and projects that have taken place not only at the regional level but in partnership with communities.  Some topics, such as energy and weather hazards, are being introduced for the first time; others cover topics that have long been a focus in the region – transportation, natural resources, housing and economic development.  Throughout the entire planning process, Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission staff had the advice and assistance of the Regional Plan Advisory Committee and reached out to the public through many venues such as community events, surveys and meetings. The action items developed for each Plan Chapter are based on themes that tell the story of our region in the future: Connect, Invest, Partner and Sustain.

A complete copy of the Central NH Regional Plan can be downloaded from CNHRPC’s website.

The plan includes the following chapters/components:

  • Chapter 1: Regional Story
  • Chapter 2: Vision
  • Chapter 3: Implementation
  • Chapter 4: Housing
  • Chapter 5: Economic Development
  • Chapter 6: Transportation
  • Chapter 7: Natural Resources
  • Chapter 8: Weather Hazards
  • Chapter 9: Energy
  • Appendix A: Existing Conditions
  • Appendix B: Housing Data

The public hearing on the draft plan was held on December 11, 2014 and was adopted by CNHRPC’s full commission on February 12, 2015. 


For more information on what CNHRPC is doing to work on the Central New Hampshire Regional Plan, please contact Stephanie Alexander at or 603.226.6020.

What People SAID About the Region

What do you think about what people have to say about the Central NH Region communities? If you have differing, or even similar, opinions, we'd love to hear about them.  Click on the "Share Your Idea" button above. It's quick, taking less than 2-3 minutes.

What They Like Best

  • "Everything you need is in close proximity." - Allenstown

  • "1. Proximity to Interstates, the mountains, the seacoast, and Boston. 2. The geography, the climate. 3. The people. 4. Ease of travel throughout the area" - Boscawen

  • "Working in town." - Bow

  • "Rural envirnonment." - Bradford

  • "Our forests, landscape, people; community, youth programs (4-H), schools, small town atmosphere" - Canterbury

  • "Rural countryside and forests." - Chichester

  • "Merrimack River, State Capitol politics, good business opportunities, lots of open space, great local and state government services, a sense of place & community. " - Concord

  • "Community events, outdoor recreation and scenic beauty." - Henniker

  • "Rural atmosphere, small businesses, friendly people. " - Hopkinton

  • "Current use laws. Diverse economy (fewer extremely large employers)." - Loudon

  • "It's a small town with a close knit community. It's close to both Manchester and Concord but still has small town charm." - Pembroke

  • "More open areas being managed for public access." - Pittsfield

  • "Mountains, scenery, country living, history." - Salisbury

  • "Rural character, sense of community, conservation lands." - Sutton

  • "Rural life but within driving distance of cultural projects available." - Warner

  • "The beautiful rural landscape and historic background of the region." - Webster

What Could Make it Better

  • "More businesses to give more variety. Also attractions for families." - Allenstown

  • "Improved mass transit (rail?); freight - rail would encourage industrial expansion." - Boscawen

  • "Enhancement of industry and lowering the tax rate so the younger generation can live in town." - Bow

  • "Less sprawl." - Bradford

  • "More bike forms." - Chichester

  • "More middle class jobs with benefits. More trails and parks. Cleaner environment." - Concord 

  • "Banning unnecessary motorized equipment on lakes and streams and trails!" - Loudon

  • "More recreational facilities." - Henniker

  • "Public transportation." - Hopkinton 

  • "Better bike routes and safer traffic/bike routes." - Pembroke

  • "Rezone for more apartments in large older houses." - Salisbury

  • "I would like to see more opportunities for small businesses and more housing choices at all price points." - Sutton

  • "TDS internet service - we should be able to choose who we would like for a carrier." - Warner

  • "More community involvement and marketing of what opportunities are available in our region." - Webster

Event Photos

CNHRPC_Warner_Holiday_Shopping_Tour-Farm_Mrkt_12-08-12_small.JPGWarner Holiday Shopping Tour-Farmer's Market Venue 12-08-12


Canterbury Winter Farmer's Market, 11-14-12

NH Assocation of Conservation Commissions Annual Conference, 11-03-12


NH Healthy Homes Conference, Concord, 10-15-12


Concord Farmer's Market, 10-13-12


Henniker Community Market, 09-27-12 (also 10-11-12)


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