Community Development

04/15/2021 City Council Public Hearing on Proposed Land Development Code & Downtown Zoning Update

On April 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm there will be a public hearing before the City Council on the proposed ordinances O-2020-10A and O-2020-11A, which relate to the establishment of the City of Keene Land Development Code and changes to the City's downtown zoning districts.  

The full text of the ordinances and the proposed Land Development Code, as well as a summary and maps displaying the proposed changes are available at, or by appointment at City Hall during business hours by emailing or calling (603) 352-5440.  

Ordinance O-2020-10A proposes to consolidate and update the City's multiple land use regulations into one Land Development Code. The regulations impacted by this proposal include the City’s zoning, planning board, and historic district, floodplain, and public improvement regulations.
Ordinance O-2020-11A proposes to establish 6 new downtown zoning districts (Downtown Core, Downtown Growth, Downtown Limited, Downtown Edge, Downtown Transition, Downtown Institutional Campus), which would replace the Central Business District and Central Business Limited District, and to remove the Gilbo Avenue Design Overlay District and the Downtown Railroad Property Redevelopment Overlay District; and, to modify the SEED Overlay District.

Due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, this public hearing will be held remotely. Information on how to participate in this public hearing is included below.

How to attend/participate in the Public Hearing:  

  • To participate online: Go to and enter Meeting ID - 872 3897 2857
  • To participate by telephone:  Call (312) 626-6799 or (877) 853-5257 (toll-free) and enter Meeting ID - 872 3897 2857
  • If you encounter issues accessing this meeting call (603) 757-0622 during the meeting.
  • Written comments on the ordinances may be emailed to: or mailed to: City Hall, 3 Washington St, 4th Floor, Keene, NH 03431. 
  • Meeting Information will be available on the City Council webpage (scroll down to “Agendas”)

Resources to help understand draft Code and proposed changes:

  • Change Summary Provides an overview of major changes to the draft Code (click here)
  • Zoning ComparisonThis link brings you to a listing of all the zoning districts to review existing vs. proposed uses and/or dimensional requirements as part of this draft (click here)

One-One Meetings - The public is encouraged to schedule time to speak with City staff directly by contacting Tara Kessler at 603-352-5440 or

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