The Planning Department provides research, advisory and administrative support for an array of comprehensive and land use planning functions within the City of Keene.
Development and implementation of the City's Master Plan is the highest priority. These plans set forth the community's vision for the future and lay the groundwork for the policies and programs intended to achieve that vision.
In addition to its long-range planning activities, the Department administers the Planning Board's Subdivision and Site Plan Review process.

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Principal Activities

Development and maintenance of the City's Master Plan.
Reviewing of private development projects and proposed capital improvements projects and other physical projects involving City property for consistency and conformity with the Master Plan and the community's vision
The formulation of planning policies and standards that will ensure a quality living and working environment for Keene neighborhoods and districts.

Providing assistance to citizens in understanding and applying the policies of the Master Plan and the provisions of the Planning Board's standards and regulations.
Anticipating and acting on the need for new plans, policies, and regulation changes.
Applying the Planning Board's standards, regulations, and applicable sections of the Zoning Code to applications for permits.

The Department is administered in a manner designed to fulfill the objectives of the Master Plan, provide applicants with efficient application processing services and provide citizens appropriate opportunities to participate in land use decisions.

The hours of operation in the Planning Department are from 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Contact Information

Planning Department
3 Washington Street
4th Floor
Keene, NH 03431
(603) 352-5474
FAX: (603) 283-5611


W. Rhett Lamb, Planning Director
Michele Chalice, Planner
Tara Kessler, Planner
Will Schoefmann, GIS Technician
Lee Langella, Administrative Assistant

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Current Programs

Keene's Master Plan Implementation Community Presentations

OCTOBER -Economic Development - October 14, 2014 

Mary Ann Kristiansen of the Hannah Grimes Center, Rich Grogan of the UNH Small Business Development Center and, Jack Dugan of the Monadnock Development Center will speak on their current endeavors and thoughts on Economic Development in Keene.  Each guest brings a unique perspective from our area’s entrepreneurs, small enterprises and larger public/private re-development or 
re-purposing projects in our City.

Video of Evening's Meeting
Hannah Grimes Presentation 
NH Small Business Development Center

10% Challenge Program


Events Coming Up