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Laconia, New Hampshire To Get Assistance from EPA on Growth Issues

Release Date: 03/31/2006
Contact Information: David Deegan, (617) 918-1017

(Boston, Mass. - Mar. 31, 2006) - Laconia, N.H. is among only four communities nationwide that will receive EPA-funded technical assistance from a team of private sector experts to help plan for environmental and economic progress, providing a better quality of life for all their citizens.

EPA's assistance will be customized to help each of the selected communities put the principles of more efficient, affordable, and environmentally sensitive growth into action.

"EPA is committed to do our part as communities search for development strategies that grow their economies, build their neighborhoods, and protect the environment," said Robert W. Varney, regional administrator of EPA's New England office. "Our approach is to provide the best information, research, options, and resources to communities as they plan their future growth."

In Laconia, a booming tourism industry and strong market for vacation and retirement homes have put substantial growth pressures on the city. In response to these trends, city officials have engaged the public in adopting a new master plan that protects water resources, creates walkable neighborhoods, and strengthens the downtown core. The city is seeking EPA assistance to review their ordinances so that they are consistent with the goals of their master plan.

The other three communities selected for this assistance are Driggs and Victor, Idaho; Mecca, Calif.; and Spokane, Wash. The four municipalities were selected under a competitive, nationwide application process, and each will receive approximately $45,000 in contractor assistance. EPA and the contractors will organize multidisciplinary teams to help the communities by providing resources, information, and technical assistance to inform local decisions.

For more information about EPA's Smart Growth program in general, visit:

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