As part of Governor Sununu’s $100 million InvestNH initiative, $5 million has been allocated to provide grants to municipalities to analyze and update their land use regulations to help increase housing development opportunities. The NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs has contracted with New Hampshire Housing to administer this program.   

Cities and towns will use these grants to study zoning or other regulatory causes of a lack of affordable housing, identify potential changes to local land use regulations, and/or establish or update those regulations in response to those findings. Community engagement will be an important part of municipal work under these grants.  

These grants are administered by Plan NH, with support of a steering committee. The steering committee is made up of:

  • Tiffany Tononi McNamara, Executive Director, Plan NH
  • Sue Cagle, Field Specialist, Community and Economic Development, UNH Cooperative Extension
  • Noah Hodgetts, Principal Planner, Office of Planning and Development, NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs
  • Stephen Buckley, Legal Services Counsel, NH Municipal Association
  • Mollie Kaylor, Director of Housing & Community Development, Community Development Finance Authority
  • Ben Frost, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Legal Officer, New Hampshire Housing
  • George Reagan, Director, Community Engagement, New Hampshire Housing
  • Sarah Wrightsman, Manager, Community Engagement and Education, New Hampshire Housing