BACKGROUND & SCOPE
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:
Why is the City updating its regulations?
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.