Planning/Zoning – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com Official News Portal Fri, 15 Jun 2018 20:52:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 https://i2.wp.com/rochesternhnews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/114/2017/06/cropped-color-seal-correct.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Planning/Zoning – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com 32 32 129230579 Rochester City Planners Earn Nationally Recognized Industry Certification https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/25/rochester-city-planners-earn-nationally-recognized-industry-certification/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/25/rochester-city-planners-earn-nationally-recognized-industry-certification/#respond Fri, 25 May 2018 20:15:15 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1707 City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick is pleased to announce that two Rochester city planners have earned certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners.

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City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick is pleased to announce that two Rochester city planners have earned certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Director of Planning and Development Jim Campbell and and Chief Planner Seth Creighton both passed the AICP exam on May 18 and 19, respectively. The certification affirms their qualifications in the field and their understanding of industry history, standards, ethics and professional conduct. 

The exam, which is administered by the AICP and the American Planning Association, evaluates planners on their ability to analyze real world scenarios and theories so they can demonstrate their ability to implement industry best practices.

By earning the certification, Campbell and Creighton also demonstrated their practical knowledge of planning issues on both a local and nationwide scale. As planners in the northeast, they regularly evaluate issues that differ from those their peers face in different regions — like water rights in more arid regions, the complexities of high-speed passenger rail or the issues related to tribal territories.

“These certifications are a reflection of Jim and Seth’s deep knowledge of the planning field,” City Manager Fitzpatrick said. “I’m proud of the effort they both put forth to earn this accolade, and their professionalism is ultimately a great positive for the city.”

To maintain their certifications, Campbell and Creighton will be required to take a minimum of 31 hours of training every two years.

Campbell has been with the City of Rochester since July 2012, while Creighton joined the planning and development office in August 2013.

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Rochester Working to Attract Craft Brewers https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/11/22/864/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/11/22/864/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:09:01 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=864 The City of Rochester is actively working to promote the city as an option to craft brewers looking for a brick and mortar location on the Seacoast.

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When Karen Pollard saw the types of commercial properties available in Rochester, and dove into analytics that suggest there are thousands households nearby with at least one person interested in craft beer, it was obvious to her that the city should have at least one craft brewery in town.

Pollard, Rochester’s economic development manager, was eager to get the city in front of brewers at the New Hampshire Craft Brew Conference in Durham earlier this month, letting them know that Rochester is ready to welcome them.

With a goal of growing its commercial profile, Rochester has worked proactively to showcase itself as accommodating for small breweries that can serve as catalysts for activity in the city. That approach is the result of industry-specific research performed by Buxton Analytics, which shows there are more than 80,000 households within a 30-minute drive of downtown Rochester and of those households, over 23,500 people have identified as craft beer enthusiasts.

“We really want to see more activity downtown, and a brewery would add a vibrancy that’s hard to match with just about any other kind of business,” Jenn Marsh, the city’s economic development specialist, said. “We can see that there’s an appetite for it among our residents and among people in surrounding communities, and we’re looking forward to having productive discussions about paving the way for craft brewers to move into the city.”

In anticipation of attracting a brewery to town, Rochester has done significant work to eliminate the barriers to entry that breweries have encountered elsewhere.

The city’s team arrived at the conference on Nov. 10 prepared with extensive information about available incentives, including the downtown revitalization property tax credit, the Rochester JOB Loan program — a low-interest loan incentive that allows businesses to borrow between $30,000-$75,000 — as well as opportunities for grant money to rehab signage and facades, and tax credits for opening in the downtown state-designated Revitalization Zone.

“Given all of the incentives and opportunities the city offers, I think it’s simply a matter of time before a brewery comes to Rochester,” said Building, Zoning and Licensing Services Director Jim Grant. “We’ve done a lot of work to make Rochester fertile ground for businesses of all kinds, and breweries are just part of a larger effort to create a diverse set of options for residents.”

Rochester has already relaxed its zoning requirements for breweries — significantly shortening the bureaucratic process they would need to go through — in an effort to foster a more inviting atmosphere for entrepreneurs, whose businesses would benefit from the amenities that city staff has identified as well-suited for a future brewery.

“The most important thing is that there’s a significant market for a brewery in Rochester,” Marsh said. “We’re right at the heart of a region that’s eager to support a robust craft brewery scene.”

The Gonic Mill Building, the former Rochester Bank and Trust building, a former dance studio downtown and a former restaurant at 12 Hanson St. are properties that offer ample parking, while the building at 73-77 North Main St. downtown is zoned to allow an outdoor patio, a hallmark of breweries and beer gardens in other cities.

“There’s nowhere else on the seacoast with this combination of a population center and buildings with essential amenities,” said Economic Development Commission Member Troy Dillow. “Each of the locations we’ve identified has tremendous potential and would allow a brewery or restaurant owner do a lot of really creative things.”

Of the brewers the Rochester group spoke with, several said they felt discouraged by onerous requirements in the communities where they currently operate, while others said they’re actively scouting options for second locations. According to Marsh, one said they have plans to explore Rochester in person in the coming weeks.

Those interested in learning more about Rochester’s economic development activities may do so at www.RochesterEDC.com.

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Rochester Residents Invited to Three Upcoming Public Hearings https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/11/16/rochester-residents-invited-three-upcoming-public-hearings/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/11/16/rochester-residents-invited-three-upcoming-public-hearings/#respond Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:04:32 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=823 City Clerk Kelly Walters announces that residents are invited to offer input at three public hearings scheduled for next Tuesday’s City Council meeting.  The hearings will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, and will address the following matters:  Amendments to the Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 42 of the General Ordinances, Regarding Variances:  Citizens are invited …

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City Clerk Kelly Walters announces that residents are invited to offer input at three public hearings scheduled for next Tuesday’s City Council meeting. 

The hearings will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, and will address the following matters: 

Amendments to the Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 42 of the General Ordinances, Regarding Variances: 

Citizens are invited to submit input and ask questions on the issue of whether to make changes to the city zoning ordinance that would require the Zoning Board of Adjustment to vote individually on the five criteria necessary to obtain a variance and to make accompanying findings of fact.

Community Development Block Grant Annual Action Plan 

Residents may provide input on the development of the city’s fiscal year 2018-2019 Community Development Block Grant Annual Action Plan, which is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Projects under consideration for the coming year’s plan include homeless shelter services, substance abuse treatment and recovery services and housing rehabilitation efforts.

Comments and concerns can be submitted ahead of the hearing to Rochester Community Development Coordinator Julian Long via e-mail at julian.long@rochesternh.net, phone at 603-335-7519 or by mail to the Office of Economic and Community Development, 31 Wakefield St., Rochester, N.H. 03867.

A draft of the action plan, as well as public postings regarding the plan, are available online at http://www.rochesternh.net/community-development-division.

Comcast Request for a Cable Television Franchise Agreement

The City Council will discuss a request by Comcast to evaluate the future cable-related needs and interests of the City of Rochester. A copy of the proposed franchise agreement may be obtained in the City Clerk’s Office. 

For each hearing, persons with disabilities who would like to request accommodations should contact the City Clerk’s Office (603-332-2130) on or before Nov. 21 in order to make arrangements.

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Rochester Planning Office to Close Tuesday, Other Departments to Have Limited Service This Week https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/08/28/rochester-planning-office-close-tuesday-departments-limited-service-week/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/08/28/rochester-planning-office-close-tuesday-departments-limited-service-week/#respond Mon, 28 Aug 2017 19:36:08 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=505 City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick announces that the City of Rochester's Planning Department will be closed Tuesday, Aug. 29

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ROCHESTER —  City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick announces that the City of Rochester’s Planning Department will be closed Tuesday, Aug. 29, as employees move into their new office space in the City Hall Annex. 

Other departments will have limited service throughout the week as they move into their new spaces in the Annex as well. The Office of Economic and Community Development will operate on an appointment-only basis this week.

The Department of Building as well as Zoning and Licensing Services will be moving this week as well. All departments are expected to be settled into the renovated building by the end of the week. 

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*Media Advisory* Mayor’s Entertainment Zone Committee to Hold Public Meeting https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/03/10/media-advisory-mayors-entertainment-zone-committee-to-hold-public-meeting/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/03/10/media-advisory-mayors-entertainment-zone-committee-to-hold-public-meeting/#respond Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:32:00 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=22 ROCHESTER — City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick and Mayor Caroline McCarley announce that the Mayor’s Entertainment Zone Committee will hold a meeting later this month. All are welcome. There has been significant public interest in the Entertainment Zoning proposal for the City of Rochester, and meetings like this are intended to clarify the issue and educate …

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ROCHESTER — City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick and Mayor Caroline McCarley announce that the Mayor’s Entertainment Zone Committee will hold a meeting later this month. All are welcome.

There has been significant public interest in the Entertainment Zoning proposal for the City of Rochester, and meetings like this are intended to clarify the issue and educate the public while allowing for a full course of public input and discussion.

WHEN:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 5 p.m.

WHERE:

Rochester City Hall, 31 Wakefield St.
City Council Chambers

AGENDA:

  1. Planning Department or Planning Board explain why the zone is an overlay and expanded.
  2. Committee discuss and decide to retain or remove the overlay district and expanded area.
  3. Public input and discussion.
  4. Other changes and committee discussion.

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