In 2008, GMCG also produced the Ossipee Watershed Municipal Ordinance Book which we gave to town planning boards. Each town’s natural resource ordinance is included in the guide as well as a matrix describing what towns have in terms of natural resource ordinance. The Ordinance Book encourages watershed towns to review each other’s ordinances and see ways to improve their own. Through the creation of this Book, a watershed ordinance matrix was created, which indicates the status of natural resource ordinances across the watershed. This matrix is used to provide town officials and citizens with a method to review the status of these ordinances and see where potential upgrades may be needed.
In 2010 the OWC was actively involved in a new project in partnership with Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC), to help watershed towns update or develop aquifer protection ordinances. OWC members worked with an LRPC planner to help ease the burden on planning boards to develop these ordinances along with use of existing model ordinances. Four of the six towns passed upgrades and/or new ordinances in response to this effort in 2011.
If anyone would like to help out or get their planning board more involved, please call the GMCG office at 603-539-1859
If towns would like to pursue additional projects with help from natural resource planners, they can also contract:
Steve Whitman at Resilience Planning and Design, (603) 381-1798.
Lakes Region Planning Commission, 103 Main St., Suite #3, Meredith, NH 03253. (603) 279-8171
Ossipee Watershed Natural Resource Guide
Town Links to Zoning Regulations:
Eaton Zoning Ordinance
Effingham (Article 22 of the Zoning Ordinance) Groundwater Protection Ordinance
Freedom(Article 5 of the Zoning Ordinance) Groundwater Protection Ordinance
Madison (Article 7 of the Zoning Ordinance) Groundwater Protection Ordinance
Ossipee (Article 20 of the Zoning Ordinance) Groundwater Protection Ordinance
Sandwich (Article 17 of the Zoning Ordinance) Groundwater Protection Ordinance
Tamworth (passed in 2023, Article IV page 4): Groundwater Protection Ordinance
Power Point Presentation: Enacting Zoning Ordinances
Power Point Presentation: Aquifer Protection
Ossipee Watershed Matrix
Ossipee Watershed Matrix Data
Dark Skies Resources
Sustainable Communities Presentation June, 2007
GPS & PCS Inventory Presentation January 31, 2008
GPS and SWP Presentation