Manchester is New Hampshire’s largest city, just 51 miles north of Boston, with a population of ~113,000.
Transit-oriented development (TOD) emphasizes compact and pedestrian-oriented mixed-use developments centered around well-connected transit services. The Manchester TOD plan seeks to enable new places to live, work, and recreate near convenient options to walk, bike, or take transit. The plan would attract investment and provide Manchester residents with an improved quality of life through better access to jobs, stores, healthcare, parks, and entertainment.
The Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission (SNHPC) and the consultant design team (led by Goody Clancy) engaged those who live, work, study, and recreate in Manchester to shape a comprehensive transit-oriented development plan, the first of its kind to be completed in the state. The efforts built off of the momentum seen in recent years to revitalize the Millyard and historic downtown.
The project team implemented a robust engagement strategy to develop a community-driven plan.
A Plan Driven by Community Priorities
Throughout the planning process, community members shared their vision of long-term economic development that would connect Manchester residents and workers with the Greater Boston Area.
Throughout 18 months of planning efforts, SNHPC and the consultant team collected community feedback on an interactive map on coUrbanize.
Stakeholder interviews with property owners, major employers, developers, and mission-driven organizations were conducted as part of the planning process. These interviews provided additional context and perspectives that were incorporated into the final plan.