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Innovative Land Use Planning Techniques Handbook
To address the need for guidance and technical assistance on Innovative Land Use Controls authorized by RSA 674:21, DES and its partners, the NH Association of Regional Planning Commissions, the NH Office of Energy and Planning, and the NH Local Government Center, produced the Innovative Land Use Planning Techniques: A Handbook for Sustainable Development.

This Innovative Land Use handbook includes sections dealing with development density, environmental characteristics, and site level design. Each of the 23 chapters includes model ordinances and regulations for use by municipalities interested in implementing the innovative land use techniques.

Please Note! Updates and new chapters will be added to this document as they are created. Please check this site regularly for new information.

Innovative Land Use Planning Techniques: A Handbook for Sustainable Development

To assist users, the handbook is available in three versions.

New Chapters added as addendums to Complete Handbook

  • Individual Complete Chapters (links below): These are available in pdf for quick chapter access and printing.
  • Model Ordinances in Word (links below): These are only the model ordinance sections of the chapters. The models are intended for use as a starting point. It is recommended that planning boards thoroughly review the model language, adapt the language for specific municipal needs, and seek legal review prior to adoption.

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Section 1: Multi-Density Zoning

1.1 Density Transfer Credit:
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1.2 Lot Size Averaging
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1.3 Feature-based Density
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1.4 Conservation Subdivision
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1.5 Village Plan Alternative
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1.6 Infill Development
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1.7 Agriculture Incentive Zoning
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1.8 Urban Growth Boundary and Urban Service District
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1.9 Inclusionary Housing
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Section 2: Environmental Characteristics Zoning

2.1 Permanent (Post-Construction) Stormwater Management
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2.2 Steep Slopes and Ridgeline Protection
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2.3 Habitat Management
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2.4 Wetlands Protection
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2.5 Protection of Groundwater and Surface Water Resources
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See Also: DES Drinking Water Program's
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2.6 Shoreland Protection: The Importance of Riparian Buffers
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2.7 Flood Hazard Area Zoning
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2.8 Erosion and Sediment Control During Construction
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2.9 Fluvial Erosion Hazard Area Zoning (NEW CHAPTER added Sept. 2010)
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Section 3: Site-Level Design

3.1 Transit-oriented Development
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3.2 Pedestrian Oriented Development
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3.3 Access Management
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3.4 Preserving Dark Skies
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3.5 Energy Efficient Development
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3.6 Landscaping
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For more information or comments on the content of these chapters, contact Eric Williams at the NH Department of Environmental Services, eric.williams@des.nh.gov or (603) 271-2358.

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