In 1991, the NH Office of State Planning completed a Squam Lakes Watershed Plan. In the twenty-three years since the plan was adopted, a lot has changed in the region, but yet this plan has not been updated.
This winter, several graduate students at Plymouth State University are enrolled in a land use planning class that focuses on teaching local planning concepts through an applied project. The class is working with the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) to learn about local town planning, identify current land use issues and priorities in area towns and the watershed, and determine how a new watershed plan might be cooperatively developed.
There will be a public meeting on Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 6:30-9:00 pm at the SLA Resource Center at 534 US Route 3 in Holderness to learn more about this project and discuss past, present, and future land use issues in the Squam Lakes Watershed. We are inviting Boards of Selectmen, Planning Boards, and Conservation Commissions from Ashland, Center Harbor, Holderness, Moultonborough, and Sandwich as well as the Lakes Region Planning Commission to this meeting, but anyone is welcome to attend.
The meeting agenda will include an overview of watershed planning and the 1991 Squam Lakes Watershed Plan; preliminary work by the students in reviewing town Master Plans and land use regulations; a summary of the SLA’s conservation, education, and recreation programs; and discussion and input from all of you to gather your thoughts and ideas for future watershed planning efforts in the Squam Lakes Watershed.
For more information, please contact June Hammond Rowan (603-535-3218).