New Hampshire’s Regional Planning Commissions were formally established by the NH Legislature state enabling law in 1969 though the enactment of RSA 36. That statute specifies that regional planning commissions are advisory bodies voluntarily formed by the member communities in their planning regions. The Rockingham Planning Commission (RPC) region was established in 1981 after the merging of two smaller regional planning commissions that had each been formed in the mid-1970s. The purpose of the RPC’s is to provide technical planning assistance to communities in development of local plans, to foster regional cooperation among communities, and to carry out regional planning in areas such as transportation, land use, water resources, housing, economic development and emergency management.
Like all regional planning commissions, the RPC is governed and controlled by a Board of Commissioners comprised exclusively of representatives appointed by each of the 26 member communities. Communities may either appoint or elect their representatives to their regional planning commission. RPC Commissioners, who are unpaid volunteers, are nominated by their community’s Planning Board and appointed by their Board of Selectmen or City Council.
More information about each community in the RPC region is available on that community’s page.
NEW! Historical land use data (years 1962-2015) is now available per community, and for the overall RPC region as well. To access each community’s data, visit the community pages. Data for the RPC region is available here.
Land use data is derived from high-resolution image sources, which is used to create land use data layers for the region via the NH Land Use Mapping Standard. For additional information on the mapping standard or the land use information, please contact RPC personnel: Robert Pruyne email@example.com or Christian Matthewscmatthews@rpc-nh.org.