As my first introduction to such a comprehensive, multifaceted topic, I was truly inspired by Steve’s Permaculture training. He unleashed a new passion in me to combine my planning skills to create sustainable, more resilient communities. His examples, expertise and willingness to learn from others make him an excellent teacher and mentor.
In 2013-14, Steve assisted the Alton Planning Board to address Workforce Housing with a Community Planning Grant funded by the NH Housing Finance Authority. Steve guided the community public outreach sessions, did an analysis of Alton’s existing housing stock, preformed an analysis of the Town’s land use regulations, and worked with the Planning Board to craft an Inclusionary Housing Ordinance for Workforce Housing. In very trying and politically difficult circumstances, Steve was able to maintain a professional and calm demeanor. He was very responsive to following up on questions raised during the process from start to finish. Due in large part to his diligent efforts, the community was successful in adopting the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance for Workforce Housing he crafted. Steve was a joy to work with and we would not hesitate to work with him again.
As a newcomer to the field, I was very concerned about getting my project right and was looking for some one to help me with a plans for a community-based demonstration site. Steve was a great listener, passionate teacher and supportive planning partner. He left me with the tools and confidence to take action and lay the foundation for a sustainable venture in my village.