The Planning Board is responsible for the following:
The Master Plan is adopted and amended pursuant to RSAs 674:2-4. The purpose of the Master Plan is to aid the planning board in the performance of its duties. The comprehensive document contains multiple sections which provide a detailed plan for future growth based on sound planning principles, smart growth, housing needs, economic factors and wise resource management.
Capital Improvements Program (CIP)
The CIP is a recommended plan of municipal capital improvements projected over a period of at least six years. Its purpose is to aid the Selectmen and the Budget Committee in their consideration of the annual budget. (RSA 674:5) The planning board or CIP committee has complete control over the CIP, but statute requires the board or committee to confer with the Selectmen, Budget Committee and other local officials in the preparation of the CIP.
Subdivision and Site Plan Review
Subdivision and site plan regulations are adopted and amended by the planning board according to the procedures set forth in RSA 675:6. The law enables the planning board to adopt such regulations following a public hearing.
Excavations (RSA 155 E)
Local regulation of earth excavations.
Changes and updates to the Zoning Ordinance, Site Plan & Subdivision Regulations
The Planning Board regularly updates both the Zoning Ordinance and Site Plan/Subdivision Regulations after holding a public hearing announcing such changes.
The Bristol Planning Board meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. The meetings begin at 7:00 pm and are held in the downstairs conference room at the Bristol Town Offices, 230 Lake Street.
Approved Scenic Roads (RSA 231:157):
Hemphill Road - Approved 1973, Warrant Article #6,
Round Top Mountain Road, now known as New Chester Mountain Road - Approved 1973, Warrant Article #6,
Peaked Hill Road - Approved 1975, Warrant Article #15,
Smith River Road - Approved 1976, Warrant Article #16.