Community Planning

21Jan 2015

As I reflect on 2014 and the first year of our work as Resilience Planning & Design a large smile forms on my face. The work we are doing is what we are most passionate about and it enables us to work with inspiring clients and colleagues. Some highlights from 2014 include five Permaculture design courses, a Teacher Training course, work on a land use plan for the City of Dover, subdivision designs that go beyond municipal requirements to create new vibrant ecosystems, efforts to reduce road salt use in New Hampshire, a plan for increasing solar pv systems on homes in the Northeast, and countless other inspiring efforts and experiences.

As 2015 unfolds it appears that exciting new experiences are upon us again. We are currently talking to several potential clients about Master Planning work, policy audits, design work, and new courses. If you are aware of a project that you think we could contribute to in a meaningful way please let us know. We really want to work with clients and communities that are ready to transition to more resilient and sustainable futures. Groups and Boards that are excited to innovate, and projects that will result in meaningful change for our communities, watersheds, and bioregions are what excite us most!

06May 2014

inhabitWe are really excited to be part of such an exciting film project that will transform how many people view their role in the world. The pending documentary reflects the hard work of two brilliant film makers Costa Boutsikaris and Emmett Brennan, and they have framed the journey with some profound questions. What if our impact and footprints on the planet were beneficial? What if we could meet human needs while increasing the health and well-being of our planet?

This is the reason so many of us are committed  to using Permaculture on our sites and in our lives. Permaculture provides a dynamic design process based on the replication of patterns found in nature. Last August Costa and Emmett visited us in Plymouth, NH to see how Permaculture is expressed on our property and in our lives and to see the amazing range of projects in our community. Now the film is coming together and we can all have a role in supporting its creation and launch! A Kickstarter campaign has been launched for this project and has gotten really exciting. More details are available at:


This is especially exciting to share after participating in another inspiring New Hampshire project last weekend. For three days a team of 14 designers collaborated on a four acre urban site along the Ammonoosuc River in Littleton, NH. The results of this effort include a redevelopment vision driven by ecological repair and community building. This includes a renewed purpose for the historic tannery building and adjacent structures, significant habitat repair, site remediation, a renewed transportation corridor for all modes of travel, recreation space and access to the river, new business opportunities, community gardens, and a significant amount of new vegetation all stitched together with stormwater management swales. This all happened with the support of the property owners and the Town’s River Commission and local business owners.  This is just one more story unfolding that shows the power of community and the ability of Permaculture to be used to create a new path forward.

17Apr 2014

As the waTactical Urbanism Montreal open streets planning permaculturerm weather begins and summer approaches there are some amazing opportunities for communities to take back their streets! This image is from Montreal in the summer of 2013 and shows the potential to convert existing parking spots to parks, patios, and other uses that capitalize on existing underutilized spaces. Plus they are portable and can be shared! This strategy is one of many that fall under an exciting approach called tactical urbanism. Tactical urbanism examples have been nicely highlighted in Tactical Urbanism 2. The examples highlighted allow for limited use of streets and plazas for building community connections, interesting techniques for trialing larger changes, and tools for supporting the local economy. Some of the other techniques for communities to consider include open streets, popup town hall, intersection repair, and micro-mixing of businesses. Get creative, take bold chances as a community, and work together to make a more resilient future possible!

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