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City of Laconia Planning Department


The Laconia Planning Department reviews land use, development, and zoning issues in Laconia. The Planning Department is usually the first stop in building or establishing a new business or development in the City. In any case, a telephone call to our office (603-527-1264) will always prove useful as you begin your project.

The Planning Department provides support for the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA), Capital Improvements Committee (CIP), and the Special Events Review Committee (SERC), which now encompases the former Motorcycle Technical Review Committee (MTRC).  Each of these committees provide reviews for larger or more complex residential and commercial projects and may or may not be required for your specific proposal. A quick check with the Planning Department will provide this information.

The Planning Department will provide you with the submittal requirements for each of these committees and will notify you of the date and time of any hearings required.


The Planning Department also provides comprehensive planning services for the City including:

  • Development and implementation of the Master Plan
  • Preparation of land use ordinances and regulations
  • Plan review for site development and subdivision plans, including oversight of the Technical Review Committee (TRC)
  • Technical and administrative support to the Planning Board
  • Site visits and construction monitoring including as-built approval
  • Economic Planning including Capital Improvements Committee (CIP) 
  • Transportation planning at the local and regional level
  • Temporary land use approvals for Motorcycle Week and other Special Events
  • Grant writing
  • Assistance to business owners


Planning Board Meeting Schedule 2017

Minor Site Plan Meeting Schedule 2017

Special Events Meeting Schedule 2017



William Contardo, Chair
Michael DellaVecchia
Jay Tivnan
Edwin Bones, Vice-Chair
Elizabeth Merry
Charlie St. Clair
Gail Denio, Admin Officio
Hamilton McLean, City Manager Ex-Officio
David Bownes, City Council Appointee
Vacant, Alternate 1
Michael Limanni, Alternate 2
Vacant, Alternate 3


Contact Information:

Dean Trefethen, Planning Director
Kalena Graham, Administrative Assistant
City Hall, 45 Beacon St. East, Laconia, NH 03246
Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Monday - Friday
Phone: (603) 527-1264
Fax: (603) 524-2167



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