Hanover Master Plan 2003

Copies of the Master Plan are available for viewing at the Howe Library, at the Town Library in Etna, and at the Planning and Zoning Department in Town Hall during normal business hours.
Copies may be purchased for $25 each at the Planning and Zoning Department or by mail at:
Town of Hanover
PO Box 483
Hanover NH 03755
Hanover Today
Core Principles
Guiding Development Over the Next 25 Years
A Vision for Hanover
A Sense of Place
How Hanover Measures Up
The Call for a Regional Perspective
Transportation Network
Economic Significance
Institutional/Cultural Significance
Regional Considerations
Guidelines for the Future
2-1 Organizations Concerned with Planning or Mentioned in the Hanover Master Plan
Community Vision, Values and Goals
Driving Forces and Constraints Influencing Growth in the 21st Century
Strategies and Guidelines for the Future
Public Policies, and Land Use and Development Recommendations
3-1 Community Attitudes Toward Growth and Land Use
3-2 Summary from Scenic Locales Committee Report
3-3 Summary of the Open Space Priorities Plan
3-4 History of Land Use in Hanover
3-5 Residential Build-Out Analysis, Hanover, NH 1998
Community Values and Goals
Existing Resources
Policies and Recommendations
4-1 Botanical Biodiversity
Community Visions and Goals
Public Open Space Lands
Private Open Space Lands
Miniparks and Greens
Open Space Connections
Agricultural Use of Open Space Lands
Open Space Protection Through Land Use Regulations
Policies and Recommendations
Community Values and Goals
Existing Resources
Policies and Recommendations
Historical Trends
Natural Increase and Migration
Household Size
Age Distribution
Pre-School and Student Population
Working Age (Labor Force) Population
Senior Citizen Population
Seasonal Population
College Population
Year-Round Population Projections
Community Values and Goals
Existing Resources
Policies and Recommendations
Community Values and Goals
Business Assumptions
Downtown Hanover
Business Policies and Recommendations
9-1 Commercial Locations
Current Status of the Institutional Zone
The College
Hanover Schools
Capital Improvement Program and Budget
Town Offices
Meeting Rooms
Fire Protection
Police Department
Human Services
Public Works
Solid Waste and Recycling
Energy and Power Supply
Cable Television and Related Services
Community Vision and Goals
Community Transportation Needs, Critical Issues & Existing System
Community Values and Goals
Existing Resources
Policies and Recommendations
Regulatory Change
Environmental Planning
Housing and Neighborhood Planning
Transportation Planning
Municipal and School Facility Planning
Regional Planning
Capital Planning
Schedule and Mechanics
List of Maps (Maps are linked at the end of each chapter)
Chapter Map No. Map Title 
1. Introduction and Overview 1-1 Location Map

2. Regional Context 2-1
2-2 Regional Context
Upper Valley

3. Land Use & Community Vision 3-1
3-5 Existing Land Use
Existing In-Town Land Use
Zoning 200
In-Town Zoning 2003
Simplified Future Land Use
Simplified Future In-Town Land Use
Land Use Concept
Build-Out Analysis map & table

4. Natural Resources 4-1
4-5 Topography
Soils, Slopes, and Habitats
Scenic Resources

5. Open Space Lands 5-1
5-4 Protected Open Space Lands
Trails, Trail Easements, and Class VI Roads
Open Space Priorities Plan
In-Town Open Space Priorities Plan
Current Use Tax Status

6. Historic & Cultural Resources 6-1 Historical and Cultural Features

7. Population 7-1 Population Density
8. Housing 8-1 Housing Density
9. Business and the Economy 9-1 Commercial Locations

10. Hanover's Institutions 10-1 Institutional & Public Lands
12. Transportation 12-1 Transportation
12-2 Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Public Transportation

List of Figures

Chapter Figure No. Figure Title
4. Natural Resources
4-1 Master Plan Survey-Resource Protection Responses
4-2 Agricultural Soils in Hanover, New Hampshire
4-3 State Listed Endangered and Threatened Species, 1995

5. Open Space Lands
5-1 Positive Responses to Open Space-Related Features as
Something Respondents Value About Hanover
5-2 Survey Respondents' Attitudes Toward Various Open
Space Protection Methods
5-3 Town-Owned Open Space Lands
5-4 Town-Owned Conservation Easements and Restrictions
5-5 Conservation Lands (Non-Town)
5-6 Town-Held Trail Easements
5-7 Miniparks and Greens

7. Population
7-1 Hanover Historical Population Trends
7-2 Age Distribution in Hanover, 1999
7-3 Linear Projections of Possible Population Growth
7-4 Historical Population Trends: Hanover, Grafton County,
New Hampshire, USA, 1767-2000
7-5 Historical Population Trends: Hanover and Dartmouth
College 1767-2000
7-6 Relative Shares of Population: Hanover, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA, 1767-1996
7-7 Population Density: In Select Communities 1960-2000
7-8 Births, Deaths, and Population Change: Hanover Residents 1970-2000
7-9 Mean Number of Persons Per Occupied Year-Round Housing Unit: Hanover, Grafton County, New Hampshire 1970-2000
7-10 Age Of Hanover Residents
7-11 Elderly Population as a Percentage of Total Population: Hanover, Grafton County, New Hampshire
7-12 Age Distribution by Group: Hanover 1970-2000
7-13 Seasonal Housing Units in Hanover: Hanover 1970-2000
7-14 Residence in 1995: Hanover
7-15 Dartmouth College Enrollments 1930-2002 (Fall Term)
7-16 Dartmouth College Undergraduate Enrollments

8. Housing
8-1 Selected Population and Household Statistics of Upper
Valley Communities, 2000
8-2 Housing Stock- Selected Upper Valley Communities, 2000
8-3 Median Purchase Price for Single Family Primary
Residences in Selected NH Municipalities, 2000
8-4 Comparative Median Family and Median Household
8-5 Increases in Housing Costs and Family Incomes
8-6 Residence of Hanover Employees: March and April 2001

9. Business and the Economy
9-1 Comparative Median Family, Median Household and Per
Capita Income Levels, 1999
9-2 Household Income Distribution Hanover, 1999
9-3 Distribution of Household Income
9-4 Poverty Status by Age Groups: Hanover, Grafton County,
New Hampshire, 1999
9-5 Percent of Employment by Economic Sector: Hanover,
Grafton County, New Hampshire, 1989, 1999
9-6 Percent of Employment by Occupational Categories:
Hanover, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, 1999, 2000
9-7 Major Employers in Hanover and the Upper Valley: 1981,
1993, 2002
9-8 Total Number of Establishments (businesses): Hanover,
Grafton County, New Hampshire 1991-2000
9-9 Hanover Average Annual Employment
9-10 Average Weekly Wage: Hanover, Grafton County, New
Hampshire 1991-2000
9-11 Equalized Tax Rate for NH Towns in the Upper Valley, 2001

9-12 Equalized Valuation Per Person for NH Towns in the Upper Valley, 2001
9-13 Mean Travel Time to Work

12. Transportation
12-1 Roads by Functional Classification
12-2 Class VI Roads
12-3 Scenic Roads
12-4 Intersection Level of Service (LOS) Criteria for Intersections
12-5 Average Daily Traffic Volumes 1990-2001
12-6 Level of Service (LOS) Comparison Selected Years 1986-2001

13. Recreation
13-1 1994 Survey Responses
13-2 Programs offered by Hanover Parks and Recreation Department
13-3 Town and School Playing Fields
13-4 Playing Fields and Recreational Facilities Owned by Others