Commissioners

The NRPC Commission consists of a voluntary board of commissioners that represent each member community. Commissioners are nominated by the planning board in their municipality and appointed by the governing body.  Each community is entitled to two commission representatives. Communities with over 10,000 in population are entitled to three representatives and communities with over 25,000 in population are entitled to four representatives. The Full Commission meets quarterly to adopt and oversee an array of planning programs provided to NRPC members. The Executive Committee, which is elected from the body of the Full Commission, meets monthly.

Amherst

Martin Michaelis | Michael Dell Orfano | Susan Ruch

Brookline

Jill Adams | Tom Rogers

Hollis

Robert Larmouth | Venu Rao

Hudson

James Battis | Ted Luszey

Litchfield

Kim Queenan | Thomas Young

Lyndeborough

Bret Mader

Mason

Louise Lavoie 

Merrimack

William W. Boyd III | Karin Elmer (Treasurer) | Margaret Morris (alt) | Anant Panwalkar

Milford

Janet Langdell | Chris Costantino | George Skuse

Mont Vernon

Mike Fimbel (Vice Chair)

Nashua

Mark Cookson | Dan Kelly | Roger Houston (alt) | Sarah Marchant | Mary Ann Melizzi-Golja | Daniel Moriarty (alt) | David Schoneman (alt) 

Pelham

David Hennessey (Chair) | Hal Lynde

Wilton

Kermit Williams | Jim Kofalt

Other Representatives

Nancy Mayville (NH DOT) | Leigh Levine (FHWA) | Timothy White (NH DES) | Leah Sirmin (FTA) | Nashua Transit System Representative

Information for New Commissioners

Purpose and Responsibility of Regional Planning Commissions

As authorized under RSA 36:45-53, the state has delineated nine planning regions for New Hampshire "so that each municipality of the state shall have the opportunity of forming or joining the regional planning commission for that region." Formally established in 1970 as an inter-municipal forum it was designated the official transportation planning organization for this portion of New Hampshire in 1973, and is recognized as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Nashua Metropolitan Statistical Area. NRPC's purpose is to coordinate planning and development in the region, to serve its member jurisdiction through programs of technical planning assistance, and to represent the region of issues of state and federal significance. NRPC is also an affiliate State Data Center.

The NRPC maintains a professional staff whose responsibility is to complete the elements of an annual work program adopted by the Commission. Individual Commission members representing the thirteen communities within the NRPC region serve as a policy board for the regional director, the chief executive and fiscal officer of the NRPC.

The role of regional planning commissions in New Hampshire is advisory. The Commission itself has no formal decision making authority. Rather, the regional planning commission is intended to act in an advisory capacity on issues of inter-municipal concern.

Composition of Membership/Role of the Commissioner

As provided under RSA: 46, each community is entitled to the representation of two Commissioners. Communities with populations between 10,000 and 25,000 (as determined by the most recent federal census) are entitled to three representatives. Communities with populations greater than 25,000 are entitled to 4 representatives. Each municipality may also appoint alternate representatives. According to NRPC policy, one Commissioner from each community should be a selectman or alderman.

All Commissioners are nominated for a 4 year term by the planning board and appointed by the Boards of Selectmen/Aldermen.

  • The Role of the Commissioner is to represent the official interests of the community to which he or she was appointed.
  • Commissioners shall not use the Regional Planning Commission as a forum by which to advance a personal agenda.
  • Only the Chair and the Executive Director may represent to the media and to the public official positions of the Commission.

Meeting Frequency and Location

The full Commission meets to conduct official business four times per year on the third Wednesday of the months of September, December, March and June at 7:00 in the evening. The Executive Committee shall meet monthly or as needed. Other events requiring Commissioner attendance include the annual Legislative Forum in January or February. NRPC operates on a fiscal year beginning on July 1st and ending on June 30th.

Committee Membership

Committees are formed from time to time on an as needed basis to deal with specific issues confronting the region. The Executive Committee forms committees. In order to participate formally on a committee, Commissioners must submit their names for consideration and approval by the Executive Committee.

Special Requirements

NRPC Commissioners should be sitting members of local boards; have experience as a former selectman, alderman, councilor, planning board member, conservation commission member, etc., or have a direct link to the decision making process of the community. A prospective candidate should be willing to serve as a conduit of information both to the Agency from the community, and from the community to the agency.

On the Calendar

Executive Committee Meeting

Aug 16 2017, 6:00pm-7:00pm

Executive Committee Meeting

Sep 20 2017, 6:00pm-7:00pm

Commission Meeting

Sep 20 2017, 7:00pm

Executive Committee Meeting

Oct 18 2017, 6:00pm-7:00pm

Executive Committee Meeting

Nov 15 2017, 6:00pm-7:00pm

Executive Committee Meeting

Dec 20 2017, 6:00pm-7:00pm

 

See Calendar for full Commission and Executive Committee schedule