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Although our regulations have worked in the past, they can be outdated & confusing.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.

The City of Keene is increasingly seen as an emerging economic and cultural hub, and over the course of the year, an update to the city’s zoning and permitting processes will lead the way to an even brighter future. By prioritizing smarter redevelopment and protecting the distinctive character that residents and visitors love, the new regulations will provide a simpler and more intuitive roadmap for permits.


To guide the update, the city is restructuring these processes around three guiding principles:

For Developers...

This means a more navigable, intuitive, consistent process for redevelopment and new construction. Streamlining points of contact and potential departmental overlap, new processes will reduce confusion and outline a clear planning roadmap.

For Business & Home Owners...

This means a user-friendly permitting process for everything from a lot line adjustment to a home addition. The update is aimed at reducing potential confusion and frustration by providing an easier-to-understand set of land use regulations, accompanied by helpful resources to guide the process.

For City Staff & Elected Officials...

This means a significantly simpler, streamlined system that will make the review and approval process clearer and easier to administer, allowing the city to better serve those in the community, and allocate time to other important tasks and areas of focus.

Why is the City updating its regulations?

project timeline:

The City is working with a land use planning and design consultant throughout 2018 to develop a set of revised land use regulations. It is anticipated that a draft set of regulations will be available for adoption in the summer of 2019. The City may choose to delay the effective date of the revised regulations until six months after adoption. This six-month period would provide time for the community to become familiar with and try out the new regulations. City staff will work throughout the summer and fall of 2018 to share information and engage in discussion on proposed changes to the regulations (prior to the completion of a draft) with elected officials and the public. See "Meetings & Events" to learn more about how you can follow or participant in this process.


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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