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Housing Study

6-7Photo-20-300x225Planning Board to host an Informational Meeting
about Proposed Zoning Amendments

Thursday, March 7th, 2024
6:30 pm | Meeting Room at Town Hall

In 2022, The New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs (BEA) launched the $100 million InvestNH initiative with ARPA State Fiscal Recovery funds.  This includes InvestNH Municipal Planning and Zoning, or HOP (Housing Opportunities Planning) grants. This program is providing funding to municipalities (with no match requirement) to hire qualified consultants to assist with assessing housing needs, analyzing land-use regulations, and suggesting updates to regulations where appropriate. The Plymouth Planning Board, along with the Planning and Development Department, decided to proceed with applying to the program in the fall of 2022. The Town’s application was successful, and Plymouth was awarded a $134,000 grant through the program.*

The funding is helping the town gather information which will contribute to a comprehensive understanding about housing in Plymouth including current status of housing, housing needs, and what the Town wants to do to address housing in Plymouth. Specifically, the project includes:

  • Image-4Gathering current data about housing (number of units, cost, location and land area, condition, etc.), demographic information (population, age, household income, etc.), economic trends, and employment in Plymouth and develop a report that addresses our current housing situation and future needs.
  • Undertaking a substantial public engagement effort to understand the community’s needs, preferences, and perceptions about housing and development in Plymouth.
  • Conducting an audit of our current land use regulations that impact housing including density, location issues, available infrastructure, and cost of development of different types of housing. Identify and report about barriers to housing development presented by the Town’s development regulations. (Zoning Ordinance, Site Plan Review Regulations, Subdivision Regulations)
  • Drafting amendments to land use regulations which are consistent with the values and needs of the community, and with the identified deficiencies in the current regulatory structure.
6-7Photo-3-1-300x225In November, a Housing Committee was formed. The Committee includes people with knowledge of housing and land use regulations from various sector of our community to help facilitate and spread awareness about the project. In November/December, the Committee interviewed prospective consultants and selected Barrett Planning Group, LLC to assist with the project tasks.

This will be a major project, ongoing throughout 2023 and into 2024. We will be asking all members of the community, including residents, property owners, realtors, and employers, to provide input on housing needs and issues. Together we will work to improve our understanding of housing in Plymouth, including housing needs and preferences and how our land use regulations might better address housing issues. At present there have been multiple public meetings, a survey, and stakeholder interviews. Check this website regularly for information about new and ongoing opportunities to get involved in the project.

*This project is being supported, in part by, federal award number SLFRP0145 awarded to the State of New Hampshire by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Important Dates:

On August 3rd, 2023 the Planning Board and Housing Committee held a joint meeting to discuss takeaways and initial findings from the first two phases of the project (Housing Needs Assessment and Regulatory Audit), and began providing guidance to Barrett Planning for phase three (Regulatory Development). The video of this meeting can be viewed under “videos” below.

Thank you to all of those who attended the April 6th Community Meeting; took the community survey; attended the June 7th community meeting; or otherwise provided input into the process so far! Information about what occured at these meetings and results of the survey are available below under “resources.”

Housing Committee:

Many thanks to the committee members listed below who are giving countless hours to the project. The Committee generally meets on Tuesdays at 9 – 10 am at Plymouth Town Hall. Please know that we have set this as our meeting time, but we might not meet every week. All meetings of the Committee are open to the public. For more information, please contact planning@plymouthnh.gov.

  • Mike Ahern
  • Patti Biederman
  • Brian Chalmers
  • John Christ, Chair
  • Brian Eisenhauer (Plymouth State University)
  • Bruce Wiggett
  • Susan Wood, Vice Chair
  • Matt Yeaton
  • Town Staff: Joseph Perez (Community Planner), June Hammond Rowan (Planning & Development Director)
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Phase 1 Report: Housing Needs Assessment1 document

  • Phase 1 - Planning for Housing Opportunities in Plymouth September 2023.pdf
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Phase 2 Report: Regulatory Audit and Strategies to Address Housing Needs1 document

  • Phase 2 Audit and Recommendations 9-25-23.pdf
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Resources30 documents

  • Interview Themes Summary
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  • Housing Terms and Definitions (NH Housing, 2019)
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  • Meeting Plymouth's Housing Needs (Applied Economic Research, 2003)
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  • Lakes Region Housing Needs Assessment – DRAFT (Lakes Region Planning Commission, 2023)
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  • Lakes Region Housing Needs Assessment - FINAL (Lakes Region Planning Commission, 2023)
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April 6th Community Meeting5 documents

  • Flier for April 6th community meeting
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  • Agenda for April 6th community meeting
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  • Slides from Barrett Planning Group presentation
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  • Summary of April 6th Community Meeting
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  • Meeting Plymouth's Housing Needs (Applied Economic Research, 2003)
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June 7th Community Meeting3 documents

  • Flier for June 7th Community Meeting
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  • Agenda for June 7th Community Meeting
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  • Summary of June 7th Community Meeting
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October 25th Community Meeting2 documents

  • 10-25-23 Community Meeting Agenda
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  • 10-25-23 Community Meeting Handout
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Community Survey: Housing in Plymouth2 documents

  • Community Survey Flier
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  • Community Survey – All responses
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Videos9 documents

  • Planning Board discussion with Judi Barrett (3/9/2023)
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  • Community Connections: Housing Opportunity Planning (3/29/2023 Interview)
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  • Community Meeting #1: Presentation and Discussion (4/6/2023)
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  • Planning Board/Zoning Board discussion with Judi Barrett (5/4/2023)
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  • Community Meeting #2: Presentation and Discussion (6/7/23)
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  • Planning Board/Housing Committee discussion with Barrett Planning (8/3/23)
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  • Community Meeting #3: Presentation and Discussion (10/25/23)
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  • Zoning Amendment Public Hearing #1 (12/7/23)
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  • Zoning Amendment Public Hearing #2 (1/4/24)
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Statewide Data and Reports4 documents

  • New Hampshire Statewide Housing Needs Assessment (Root Policy Research for NH Housing, 2023)
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  • New Hampshire Housing Market Snapshot (NH Housing, March 2023)
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  • 2023 Residential Rental Cost Survey Report (NH Housing, 2023)
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  • New Hampshire Housing Toolbox (Outwith Studio for NH Office of Planning & Development, 2023)
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