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.
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.
Working with Steve Whitman on Lancaster’s “Main Street Rezoning” project was an extreme pleasure and privilege. He is an absolute professional with tremendous knowledge of planning techniques and philosophies. His attentiveness to resident’s insights and wishes helped create a valuable document that fits the unique characteristics of our small, Northern NH town. I look forward to an opportunity to work with Steve again and consider him an invaluable resource.