Local land use boards, such as zoning boards and planning boards, issue decisions on applications—such as site plan applications, subdivision applications, variances, and special exceptions—based on the information presented by the applicant(s) and considered in accordance with state law and local ordinance provisions. Boards may reject or deny applications or petitions when evidence is lacking, or the board finds issue … Read the rest
Local Land Use Law: A Brief Introduction, Part I
New Hampshire’s system of government is best captured by our state motto: “Live Free or Die.” In comparison to other states, including neighboring states in New England, New Hampshire emphasizes local governance. It empowers municipalities to establish robust local boards to regulate and enforce municipal-specific issues, including local land use issues.
RSA 673:1 permits any local legislative body to establish … Read the rest