Municipal Land Use Planning Audits
Under a contract with New Hampshire Fish & Game to develop tools for implementing the New Hampshire Wildlife Action Plan, Conservation Department staff developed a template for evaluating how well municipal land use regulations protect wildlife habitat and other natural resources. We prepare these assessments as stand-alone documents (see Review of Land Use Planning Documents for Deerfield, New Hampshire with respect to Wildlife Habitat and Natural Resources Protection), and also collaborate with the Lakes Region Planning Commission to integrate this work with a Smart-Growth Assessment (see Coordinated Review of Land Use Planning Documents with Respect to Wildlife Habitat, Natural Resources, and Smart Growth Principles: Franklin, NH and Laconia, NH).
NH Audubon Conservation Department staff received a Federal Highway Administration STEP grant to develop tools for improving the coordination of transportation and natural resource planning in New Hampshire. This project included convening a Partnership Work Group, refining the NH Wildlife Connectivity Model, and prioritizing resources and potential impacts of transportation projects on those resources in an impact assessment framework.