Housing is an important concept to consider when planning for the future of the Strafford Region. The main planning document that analyzes housing in the region through a qualitative and quantitative approach is the Strafford Regional Housing Needs Assessment. The RSA that states that Regional Planning Commissions are resposible for compiling a Housing Needs assessment is RSA 36:47.
Strafford Regional Planning Commisison has worked with multiple communities to draft Housing and Demographic chapters as part of municipal master plans for approval by towns and cities in the region. In 2015, the Town of Durham approved the Demographics and Housing chapter as part of their Master Plan. In 2016, both Barrington and Newmarket approved Housing and Demographic chapters drafted by SRPC as part of their respective Master Plan updates.
The 2015 Housing Needs Assesment was completed as an appendix to Local Solutions for the Strafford Region. Bruce Mayberry of BCM Planning was contracted to complete this assesment along with input from SRPC staff and stakeholders.
The purpose of the regional housing needs assessment is ro evaluate supply, demand, cost, and affordability of housing within the Strafford Regional Planning Commission boundaries and to project the regional need for houisng for all age and income levels. When preparing the housin section of a local amster plan, a community should indicate how it plans to address the regional needs identified in this assessment.
The Fair Housing and Equity Assessment is another guiding document that was created as an appendix to Local Solutions for the Strafford Region. This document illustrates a regional picture of both opportunity and equity in access to affordable or fair housing. Five components that are included in this analysis are the identification and assessment of:
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Download: Barrington Housing and Demographics Chapter [Approved 2016]; PDF;
Download: 2015 Fair Housing and Equity Assessment; PDF; 5.2MB;
Download: 2015 Regional Housing Needs Assessment; PDF: 3.25 MB;
Download: SRPC 2009 Housing Needs Assessment; PDF 6.5 MB 22pg; Dec 2009
The purpose of the regional housing needs assessment is to evaluate supply, demand, cost and affordability of housing within the Strafford Regional Planning Commission boundaries and to project the regional need for housing for all ages and income levels
Download: SRPC 2004 Regional Housing Needs Assessment: Toward Housing; PDF 238kb, 22pg; 10/30/2008
Download: NHHFA - NH Housing Needs Study; PDF 1MB 37pg;
Download: Affordable Housing Covenant; PDF 1mb 26pg;
Download: Pursuit to Permanent Affordable Housing ; PDF 476 kb, 13 pages;
Strafford Regional Planning Commission
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Rochester, New Hampshire 03867
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