Keene is updating 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 be easy to navigate & will include graphics to outline a clear process, from start to finish.


The updated structure will provide 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Although our regulations have worked in the past, they can be outdated & confusing.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.

Proposed Land Development Code Update (Oct 2020): 

Ordinances O-2020-10 & O-2020-11 proposing the establishment of a Land Development Code and proposing changes to the City's downtown Zoning Districts were introduced to City Council on Oct 15, 2020. For more info on these ordinances, and the schedule/process for adoption, click below.


  • The Public Workshop phase for these Ordinances concluded on February 8, 2021. More info on the public workshop is available at the Joint Committee webpage. 

  • City Council held a public hearing on Ordinances O-2020-10A & O-2020-11A on April 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm. 

Upcoming Dates of Interest: 

  • May 12, 2021 at 7:00 pm - Planning, Licenses and Development (PLD) Committee meeting to review O-2020-10A & O-2020-11A, which propose to establish a Land Development Code and update the City's downtown zoning district, and O-2021-04, which proposes changes to Chapter 46 of the City Code of Ordinances to establish a Congregate Living and Social Services Licensing process.  (Click here to access PLD agendas)

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