The Community Technical Assistance Program (CTAP) is being developed through the State of New Hampshire’s Office of Energy and Planning (OEP). CTAP’s purpose is to help communities in the I-93 region plan for future growth. The program was initiated in response to issues raised during the Public Hearing and Public Outreach programs conducted during the Preliminary Engineering phase of the project and was made part of FHWA’s Record of Decision (ROD), which is their approval to proceed with the final design for the Salem-Manchester I-93 highway improvement project. The concern that the majority of the communities within the project corridor had was how to deal with and manage the anticipated additional growth that the region will experience as a result of the I-93 Improvements. NHDOT and OEP’s response is the commitment to a five year comprehensive Community Technical Assistance Program (CTAP). This $3.5 million initiative will provide technical assistance to the 26 towns and cities impacted by the I-93 project. CTAP will help these communities meet the wide range of challenges faced in the region, by providing technical assistance and access to tools for innovative land-use planning practices.
The CTAP program is unique in that the NHDOT had not predetermined the specific type or form of assistance that communities can receive. Instead, over the past several months through a series of work sessions, NHDOT engaged local governments, local non-profit organizations, community groups, and state, regional, and federal agencies in both planning the technical assistance that is needed and working together in providing this assistance over a five-year period. Fifteen representatives from non-profit organizations are working with representatives from government agencies and the 26 client communities to plan for the future of the region. The results to date have been:
For more details on the individual work sessions, available resources, and next steps in the CTAP program, please visit the CTAP section of this web site.