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Workforce Housing Forum Scheduled

As we all know, workforce housing is of great importance to the health of a community and economic development efforts. The good folks at the Rockingham Planning Commission and the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast are partnering to hold a great forum that will help local officials learn about the state’s new workforce housing law. Here’s the text of the flyer we received: 

The Rockingham Planning Commission and the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast have partnered to present a forum on November 30th from 5-7  p.m. at RiverWoods at Exeter – The Ridge Campus on municipal responses to New Hampshire’s new workforce housing law, which takes effect January 1, 2010.

workforce-housingThe goal of the workshop is to provide guidance to local officials working to meet their community’s obligations under the statute. Learn about how to assess your current regulatory environment, and hear from your peers about how they’re working to provide opportunities for workforce housing.

The forum will be broken into two parts:

Community Housing Audits – Brian Groth and Glenn Greenwood of the RPC will outline an audit process that helps to determine if a community provides adequate opportunity for workforce housing or if additional steps need to be taken in order to ensure compliance with the law.

Community Responses to the Workforce Housing Law – Philip Wilson (Town of North Hampton), Kim Reed (Town of Rye), and a member of the Deerfield Workforce Housing Advisory Committee will share their experiences as they have attempted to expand workforce housing opportunities in their communities. How did they determine what kind of regulatory response to pursue? What were lessons learned in the process? Were they successful with voters? What’s next? Time will be allotted to allow audience members to ask questions of the panelists.

There is no cost for this workshop but pre-registration is required. Refreshments will be provided. Contact Roxanne Rines to pre-register at 603-778-0885.

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