The Orford Planning Board is responsible for the development and implementation of Land Subdivision, Curb Cut, and Excavation regulations for the Town of Orford. In addition, the Board is responsible to update the Town Master Plan.

Notices & Minutes

Notices & Minutes, Per RSA 91-A:2, Ch. 234 (HB 170)
OPB meeting notices and minutes are officially posted and available for review at both Orford Town Hall, Route 25A and on this webpage.
Time permitting, unofficial, courtesy copies may be posted on the Orford ListServ.


Click headings below to see contact information:



Terry Straight – Chair
(603) 728-7569
[email protected]
Term Expires: March 2025

Harry Osmer – Vice Chair
(603) 353-2188
Term Expires: March 2025

Faith Knapp
(603) 353-4333
[email protected]
Term Expires: March 2026

Kenneth King – Vice-Chair
353-9055 home
252-1842 cell
[email protected]
Term Expires March 2024

Open Position
Term Expires: 2024

John Adams, Selectboard Ex-Officio
(603) 353-9201
[email protected]



Nicholas Kellogg
(603) 667-8143
[email protected]

Paul Griffin
(603) 353-9838
(520) 490-6025 (cell)

Selectboard Ex-Officio Alternate
Kevin Follensbee
[email protected]
(603) 252-5723



Orford Planning Board Assistant
Vickie Davis
UV Lake Sunapee Regional Planning
603-448-0170 fax
[email protected]

Selectboard Administrative Assistant
Esther Dobbins-Marsh
(603) 353-4889
[email protected]



The Planning Board will hold a public hearing to amend the Town of Orford Subdivision Regulations at 5:30 pm at the Town Offices on Tuesday, September 12, 2023.  All are welcome to attend.  The full regulations with amendments are available for review at the town offices (paper) and electronically on the home page of the town website: https://orfordnh.us/. The hearing can be accessed virtually on Zoom with meeting ID: 883 0012 4030 and passcode: 12345 or contact the Selectboard office to get an email with the link.

The following is a brief summary by section number.

  • Change Board of Selectmen to Selectboard throughout Subdivision Regulations.
  • Remove all sections and references to Accessory Dwelling Units throughout regulations as this is not a subdivision matter and is ruled by State law.
  • Add definitions for “Public Hearing,” “Public Meeting,” and “Verified Mail.” Delete definition for “Lot in Subdivision” as repetitious.
  • Change name of “Voluntary Merger of Lots” to “Lot Merger” throughout regulations.
  • Section 2: Clarify in 2.02 that condominiums are a type of subdivision and remove unnecessary language.
  • Section 3: Separate 3.01 into two subsections to address “Lot Line Adjustments” and “Boundary Line Agreements” separately as they are treated differently by State law.
  • Section 4: Update application procedures according to State law and reference RSAs. Change days for application submittal prior to public meeting from 18 days to 21.
  • Section 5: Remove number of application and plan copies required and reference specific applications for requirements. Add “accessways” to 5.10 as possible information required and note that the Board may require third party review and inspection as provided in RSA 676:4-b.
  • Section 6: Amend 6.01 to reflect State law. Clarify 6.07 about mylar and paper map requirements; in 6.10, remove lot line adjustments from expedited review and clarify notice requirements for boundary line agreements.
  • Section 7: add Orford Natural Resources Inventory as reference for subdivision review in regard to natural resources.
  • Section 10: Add that application to build in flood hazard area requires permit from Selectboard.
  • Section 12: Amend 12.02 to add that existing streets meet minimum design and layout standards in a subdivision. Also, that an engineer may be selected by the applicant if the Town agrees.  Reimbursement is per RSA 676:4-b.

Contact & Hours

Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm in the Niles Room of the Orford Town Office. The public is always welcome.

During the monthly meetings business is conducted, i.e. applications reviewed, mylars stamped, mail read, checks administered, etc. We emphasize functions such as these and others are not undertaken between the regular monthly meetings. Please appreciate this and plan your projects accordingly to allow for enough time to be available to complete the required work, especially considering others in town are also putting forth business for the monthly agenda. Thank you!

For inquires on the application process, please contact the Planning Board Assistant, Vickie Davis, (603) 448-1680, or via email [email protected] . Applications for Minor and Major Subdivision, Voluntary Lot Merger. Boundary Line Agreement, Lot Line Adjustment and Excavation may be obtained at the Town Office and on this web site. Application materials are to be submitted and fees paid at the Town Office, to the Orford Planning Board.

Curb cut applications are available at the Town Office and this website and are to be submitted to Orford Road Agent at the Town Garage, Town Shed Rd, Orford, Tel. 353-9366



The Planning Board meets the second (2nd) Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at the Orford Town Hall. Application are due at least twenty-one (21) days prior to the scheduled meeting.


December 12, 2023                        November 21, 2023

January 9, 2024                            December 19, 2024
February 13, 2024                         January 23, 2024
March 19, 2024                              February 27, 2024
April 9, 2024                                  March 19, 2024
May 14, 2024                                  April 23, 2024
June 11, 2024                                 May 21, 2024
July 9, 2024                                    June 18, 2024
August 13, 2024                             July 23, 2024
September 10, 2024                     August 20, 2024
October 8, 2024                            September 17, 2024
November 12, 2024                      October 22, 2024
December 10, 2024                      November 19, 2024