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Posted on: January 6, 2020

Planning Board to Discuss Smart Growth Overlay District

At its regular meeting on Monday, January 13th the Manchester Planning Board will hold a final community discussion before voting on whether to proceed with a 40R Smart Growth planning process to guide change in the Limited Commercial District (LCD). Public discussion will be held after other items on the agenda have been covered. 


The meeting will be a follow up to a September Meeting that began the discussion about what a 40R Smart Growth Overlay District (SGOD) is, and whether it is a planning option for guiding future development on lands north of Route 128. Bill Reyelt, Principal Planner with the State’s Smart Growth Program provided a program overview and answered questions from around thirty residents who attended. The discussion in September focused on a number of issues relating to how a SGOD is created, its purpose and benefits, and the particular development potential and challenges in the LCD.


The meeting on January 13th  in Town Hall will allow the Board to respond to some questions raised at that initial meeting and provide another opportunity for residents to share their thoughts before the Board votes on next steps.


If the Board votes to move forward to create a 40R District, this will begin a robust community process with continued opportunities for the community to help identify appropriate land uses, density, performance standards and design characteristics. If the Planning Board finds it has general support for this new planning tool, it will present the district and its regulations to Town Meeting where the voters will have the final say.


Please consider joining the Planning Board at its next meeting on January 13th to share your thoughts.


For more information contact Town Planner, Sue Brown at browns@manchester.ma.us.

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