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Planning Board

Created to develop long-range goals in order to harmonize the City's community standards with maximum opportunities for each individual. Encourage and coordinate community efforts to provide a sound economic base for the City. The Board shall encourage the establishment of a balanced economy of diversified manufacturing, commercial and service industries sufficiently vigorous and dynamic to allow the accomplishment of the community goals.

Staff Liaison

W. Rhett Lamb: 603-352-5440


The Planning Board generally meets once a month.  Click here to view the City Meetings calendar.

2020 Meeting Schedule - Revised

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the COVID-2019 State of Emergency, the Planning Board will be holding its meetings remotely using the web-based meeting platform, Zoom.  Board members and applicants will be participating in this meeting remotely (not at City Hall).

Members of the public will be able to access these public meetings through a variety of options, which are described below and in the document: Guidance for Public on Accessing Remote/Online Board Meetings.



  • Instructions for Accessing Remote/Online Meetings of Planning Board

    GUIDANCE FOR THE PUBLIC ON ACCESSING REMOTE/ONLINE BOARD  MEETINGS                                                                                                                    

    Due to the COVID-2019 State of Emergency, the City of Keene Planning Board will be holding its meetings remotely using the web-based program, Zoom. Board members and applicants will be participating in this meeting remotely (not at City Hall). Members of the public will be able to access these public meetings through a variety of options, which are described below.

    If you have questions about these meetings and how to participate, please contact the Community Development Department at (603) 352-5440 or email:

     How do I access the meeting online?                                                                                                                                           

    • Go to the weblink:
    • Enter the Meeting ID: A box will appear asking for a Meeting ID. Enter the Meeting ID advertised for the meeting (It will be on the top of the agenda for the meeting). Meeting agendas are posted on the Planning Board webpage at (scroll to Agendas), and on the bulletin board in the front lobby of City Hall.
    • Choose how you listen to the meeting: You will have the option to listen to the meeting using your computer audio or to call into the meeting. Zoom will provide you with phone numbers to choose from, if you select to call into the meeting.

     How do I access the meeting if I do not have a computer or smartphone?                                                                                                                                           

    • Call (603) 766-5646 and enter participant code 981441 or toll-free at (888) 475-4499 and enter meeting ID 857 8338 6440.
    • You will only be able to listen - You will not be able to see any visuals or graphics that are displayed during the meeting unless you access the meeting through
    • Note: As an attendee of the meeting, your microphone and/or phone will be muted. To provide public comment during a public hearing, please see below.

     How do I provide comments during a public hearing?                                                                                                                                           

    If you are a member of the public with an interest in speaking or providing comment on one of the applications being reviewed at the meeting or during a public hearing, please review the following guidance for how to participate in this meeting.

    • You may send written comments on the application to City staff in advance of the meeting by emailing: and put “Historic District Commission” in the subject line. Written comments will only be accepted until 3:00 pm on the day of the meeting.
    • You may speak during the public comment period on an application by one of the following methods:
      • If you are participating online on a computer or smart device, click on the “Raise Hand” icon at the bottom of the screen. The moderator will ask to unmute you and let you know when you are able to speak.
      • If you are participating by phone, press *9. The moderator will let you know when you are able to speak.
    • The Board will only accept public comments or questions related to the application for which the public hearing is being held.
    • Note: Public comment will only be accepted for a specified period of time. The Board Chair will inform the public when the public comment period of the public hearing is closed.

     What if I have issues accessing the meeting?                                                                                                                                           

    • If you encounter any issues accessing this meeting, please call 603-757-0622 during the meeting.
  • Planning Board Applications

  • Active Members

      First Name Last Name Type Term Expires
    1 Chris Cusack Regular 12/31/2020
    2 Andrew Weglinski Regular 12/31/2021
    3 Pamela Russell-Slack Regular 12/31/2022
    4 Douglas Barrett Regular 12/31/2020
    5 David Orgaz Regular 12/31/2022
    6 Gail Somers Regular 12/31/2022
    7 George Hansel Mayor 12/31/2021
    8 Michael Burke Staff 12/31/2021
    9 Michael Remy Councilor 12/31/2021
    10 Emily Lavigne-Bernier Alternate 12/31/2022
    11 Position Vacant Alternate 12/31/2007
    12 Tammy Adams Alternate 12/31/2020
    13 Position Vacant Alternate  
      Last updated: 04/24/2020    
  • Planning Boad Presubmission Meeting

    The City of Keene Planning Board Presubmission meeting for May will take place on Wed. May 6, 2020 at 11:00 am.  This meeting is by appointment only and will take place electronically (i.e. online) for the months of April and May due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    If you wish to attend the next meeting, please email Tara Kessler ( or call: 603-352-5440.  We will send you further instructions for participating in this meeting after we hear from you. 

    Attending a presubmission meeting is a requirement for all proposed projects that meet the threshold criteria for site plan review before the Keene Planning Board, subdivisions proposing to create three (3) or more parcels, or projects requiring a conditional use permit. The purpose of this meeting is to review the proposed project when it is still at a conceptual stage of development, to identify any potential concerns with project design, and to ensure that the applicant is aware of all information that must be submitted with the application by the submittal deadline. Section IV.D.1.c.  of the Planning Board Site Plan and Subdivision Regulations (pages 14-15) provide more information on Presubmission Meetings.

Minutes are posted after they have been adopted by the public body.  If you do not see the set of minutes you need on the website, please contact the City Clerk’s Office.

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