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Keene has updated its zoning & permitting processes to create a simpler & more efficient experience for all.

The City’s land use regulations have helped us grow to where we are today, and we’re streamlining them to ensure that we can continue to benefit from new economic opportunities while maintaining Keene’s unique character.



 New regulations will are easy to navigate & include graphics to outline a clear process, from start to finish.


The updated structure provides a set of clear procedures for development queries & will create a more streamlined application process - eliminating the need to navigate multiple points of contact.


Although our regulations have worked in the past, they can be outdated & confusing.  This update will help guide us into the future, while protecting the crucial elements that make this a great place to live, work, & play.

Land Development Code & Downtown Zoning Update (Effective Sep. 1, 2021; Amended April 20, 2023)

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  • On April 20, 2023, the City Council adopted amendments to the Subdivision Regulations (Ordinance O-2023-08) related to the "Preservation of Existing Features," "Utilities," and "Perimeter Building Setback."

  • On November 17, 2022, the City Council adopted amendments to the Conservation Residential Development Regulations (Ordinance O-2022-09-B) and adopted an amendment to allow "Recreational/Entertainment Facility - Indoor" as a permitted use in the Business, Growth and Reuse District (Ordinance O-2022-11).

  • On July 21, 2022, the City Council adopted an amendment to allow “Dwelling, Multi-family” as a permitted principal use with limitations in the Commerce District and amend the use standards in Section 8.3.1.C of Article 8 to require multi-family dwelling units in the Downtown Core, Downtown Growth, and Commerce Districts to be located above the ground floor (Ordinance O-2022-04).

  • On December 16, 2021, the City Council adopted an amendment to the Land Development Code to add "Personal Service Establishment" to the list of permitted principal uses within the Business Growth and Reuse District (Ordinance O-2021-14). The amended code is available here. 

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