Workshop in New London on Workforce Housing – May 21

SAWCThree state and regional experts on workforce housing will be in New London this evening (May 21) to participate in a workshop about implementation of New Hampshire’s new workforce housing law SB 342. The Sunapee Area Watershed Coalition is sponsoring the program. On hand will be Ben Frost from the NH Housing Finance Authority, Jenny Devost of the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission, and Anne Duncan Cooley from the Upper Valley Housing Coalition. The program will to be held at the Colby Sawyer College Ivey Center (Room 201) at 7 p.m. and is open to the public free of charge. The purpose of the workshop  is to inform and discuss the implications of new workforce housing legislation on local communities and the connection between the law’s requirements and local ordinances and plans.

The Granite State’s new law that goes into effect July 1 was designed to alleviate the the long-term shortage of affordable housing across the state. It “requires municipalities that exercise the power to adopt land use ordinances to provide opportunities for the development of workforce housing” and it “establishes a mechanism for expediting relief from municipal actions which deny, impede, or delay qualified proposals for workforce housing.”

Related audio: NHPR – The Exchange – New Life for Workforce Housing (Aired May 12, 2009)

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