For the first time in 50 years, the City of Keene is pursuing a new approach for zoning in the Downtown.  


See below for more info


While zoning may not seem like an interesting topic or one that might impact you directly, you may be surprised. 

Do you love the look and feel of Main Street?

Do you wish parts of downtown looked different?

Keene's downtown zoning update can play a role in addressing these questions.


Recognizing the importance of downtown to Keene and the  region, the City is working with the firm, Camiros, to update its downtown zoning regulations. This effort is the first of its kind for the City, as it has been over 50 years since Keene's zoning was examined comprehensively.

In April of 2019, Camiros released a “Technical Review and Approaches Report that reviews key observations, proposed concepts, and important questions for how Keene might update its downtown zoning.  This report reflects input received from the public and the Joint Committee of the Planning Board and PLD.



The City will be accepting comments on the draft Downtown Zoning changes until December 31, 2019. Comments can be shared via email with, or by using the form at the bottom of this page, or by submission to the Keene Community Development, 4th floor, 3 Washington St, Keene, NH 03431.

Community Workshop Presentation

  • On Dec. 9 & 10, the Consulting firm Camiros presented on the proposed zoning changes. A copy of this presentation is available here.

Draft Ordinance of Downtown Zoning Changes:

Info Sessions:

  • Info sessions were held on Nov 19 or Nov 20 to review the proposed zoning changes and receive more info on the draft Ordinance. The presentation from these sessions is available here.


Tara Kessler, Senior Planner

Tel: (603) 352-5440

Community Development

Keene City Hall - 4th floor

3 Washington St

Keene, NH 03431


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