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Coastal Land Use Guide & Sustainability Framework

The Rockingham Planning Commission, in partnership with the Strafford Regional Planning Commission and New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Coastal Program, is developing a user-friendly coastal innovative land use guide (CLUG) to inform municipal decision makers about climate change adaptation and resilience actions.

The guide will provide coastal municipalities with:

  • Innovative model regulations and land development standards
  • Companion natural resource protection measures and planning tools
  • Case stories of implementation successes and challenges
  • Examples of implementation options and strategies

The CLUG is intended to cover a wide range of adaptation and resilience issues, priorities and needs in all 17 New Hampshire’s Coastal Zone municipalities.

The CLUG will help facilitate adoption of recommended best practices by local decision makers using the best available New Hampshire based science, policy and guidance. Implementation of model regulations and standards will be supported by ready to use products (e.g. models, case studies, and examples) and provide multiple mechanisms for long-term adoption success and tracking of their effectiveness.

The project will also develop a framework for a regional sustainability and resiliency program (including a funding concept) as the long-term strategy to implement the CLUG recommendations, and more broadly to increase the capacity of coastal municipalities to adapt and thrive given the challenges posed by climate change. The regional sustainability and resiliency program will be modeled after similar initiatives undertaken in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Examples of successful regional cooperation, organization and implementation will be showcased.

Bookmark this webpage to keep up to date on new information in the content areas below or submit your email to Julie LaBranche to receive periodic updates as content on the webpage is added!

For more information contact Jenn Rowden, Senior Planner at jrowden@therpc.org or 603-658-0521.

Project Press Release (PDF)

This project was funded, in part, by NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act in conjunction with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Coastal Program.

Project Steering Committee

This section will include posts of Project Steering Committee meeting schedules, minutes/meeting notes, presentations and links to technical resources.

Innovative Case Studies

In this section we will post inspiring case studies detailing innovative land use actions by coastal municipalities, their process, challenges and successes as they forged ahead to take action on climate adaptation and resilience for their communities.

Coastal Land Use Guide

In this section, we will post draft and final versions of model regulations as they are developed for the Coastal Land Use Guide. Please check back frequently for updates!


RPC Commissioners April 14, 2021 presentation


Customized Municipal Regulations

In this section we will post drafts and final regulations customized for coastal municipalities. Please check back for a list of the municipalities that both Rockingham Planning Commission and Strafford Regional Planning Commission will be working with.

Regional Coastal Sustainability Framework

In this section we will post information, technical resources, draft documents and opportunities to participate as the regional coastal sustainability framework is developed.