The Manchester Planning Board is pleased to announce that a final draft of the 2021 Manchester Master Plan is available for public review. The Board would welcome any and all constructive comments on the plan.
The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 5, beginning at 6 pm to review and adopt the updated Master Plan for the City of Manchester.
The public is invited to attend and comment.
A copy of the current City Master Plan, adopted in 2009 can be found here.
Mayor Craig, City of Manchester Allocates $4.7 Million for
Development of Affordable Housing
Utilizing Federal HOME funds, proposal represents $3.7 million increase over original budget
MANCHESTER, NH - Today, Mayor Joyce Craig and the Department of Planning and Community Development announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for $4,700,000 to develop new affordable housing units in the City of Manchester. These funds were made available through the federal HOME program from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
This is a $3.7 million increase in funding for affordable housing projects from the $1,037,611 originally allocated in the Mayor’s FY22 budget.
“Affordable housing is one of the biggest challenges facing Manchester residents. This significant investment puts people first while at the same time addresses the critical need in our community,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “These funds will allow us to focus on a ‘Housing First’ model to address homelessness, and make sure families, seniors on a fixed income and those with disabilities have access to safe, affordable housing that meets their needs.”
Projects utilizing these funds will provide housing for low-income individuals making between 30% and 80% of the area median income, and require that these individuals not pay more than 30% of their annual income on total housing costs. The funds may be used for the development of new affordable units or rehabilitation of existing units. In addition, proposals are encouraged, but not required, to include commercial space, market-rate residential units, public green space, and public art.
All requests will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of the Director of the Planning and Community Development Department, the Director of Homeless Initiatives, and a representative from the Board of Mayor and Aldermen CIP Committee, who will then make recommendations to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen for final approval.
Proposals are due by 3:00 P.M. on July 16th, 2021, and must be submitted to the Department of Planning and Community Development in City Hall.
Download the full RFP here.
Since the announcement of requests for proposals for development services regarding the Pearl Street and Hartnett parking lots on May 20, there have been two questions asked by potential respondents regarding language in the RFPs. The City has replied to those questions with clarifying statements. To ensure that all potential respondents have the same access to clarifying information, the questions asked by potential respondents and the replies from the City are listed below.
Question 1 - Is there weighting for each category?
Answer - Affordable housing and public parking are the top two criteria. The rest of the criteria are not in order of importance and are not weighted.
Question 2 - If 330 parking spaces are provided and 165 of these spaces are available to the residents, employees, and customers of the planned development, are those 165 spaces considered “publicly available parking spaces?”
Answer - The phrase “publicly available,”’ as used in the RFP, refers to the ability of nearby business and residents to use the parking garage. The vast majority of spaces on the lot are leased to individuals or businesses in the surrounding area, and the City would like to ensure that the exiting lessees of these parking spaces continue to have the option of leasing parking when the development is complete, whether that be from the City or the building owner. Therefore, we could not consider a parking garage with a total of 330 parking spaces to be making all 330 available to the public if 165 were reserved for residents, employees, and customers of the building. As stated in the RFP, the provision of parking is one of the most important criteria for evaluation of proposals, so the provision of more than 330 parking spaces would help to alleviate the issue of what spaces are “publicly available” and would make a proposal more competitive.
The City of Manchester has launched the Manchester Emergency Housing Assistance Program as a resource and tool for renters and homeowners to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is being offered as a part of the City’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Support Program. This important initiative is being supported with Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus funding from the US Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Housing payments may cover a combination of arrearages and/or up to three (3) consecutive months following approved application of rent, mortgage or utility expenses that amount to $4,500.00.
Assistance is available to renters and homeowners living in the City of Manchester that are low or moderate income as defined by HUD. This program is offered in partnership with Southern New Hampshire Services. The application and the full list of eligibility requirements, eligible expenses, and required supporting documentation is available online at https://www.snhs.org/
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Southern New Hampshire Services at (603) 647-4470 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
(2020 HUD Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice - City of Manchester, NH)
In accordance with the City of Manchester’s Citizen Participation Plan notice is hereby given that as part of the development process of the City’s HUD 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, the City of Manchester Planning & Community Development Department has prepared a draft of the 2020 HUD Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. The draft will be available for public review during a 15 day comment period beginning Monday, August 3, 2020 through Monday, August 17, 2020.
As a recipient of US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds, the City is required to develop an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice in order to orient its obligation to ‘affirmatively further fair housing’ (AFFH). AFFH is a legal requirement for the City to further the purposes of the Fair Housing Act. For some Manchester residents, housing choices can be constrained through housing discrimination, the operation of housing markets, investment choices by holders of capital, the history and geography of regions, and patterns of development and the built environment. These factors and others can result in discrimination, concentrated areas of poverty, and unequal access to vital community assets that can shape life outcomes.
The analysis includes a review of applicable City policies, practices, and procedures resulting in the development of a plan of action to eliminate or improve identified conditions that limit fair housing choice. The following impediments to fair housing choice are identified for the City of Manchester through the analysis: Insufficient (1) Quality Affordable Housing; (2) Crime and Safety; (3) Housing Options for the Homeless/ At-risk of Homeless; (4) Language and Cultural Barriers; (5) Insufficient Fair Housing Information, Training, Education and Outreach; (6) Insufficient Public Transportation and Services Outside the Center City; and (7) Discrimination Practices.
Copies of the draft 2020 HUD Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice will be available for public inspection for 15 days beginning on August 3, 2020 at the following locations during regular business hours:
Planning & Community Development Department
City of Manchester
One City Hall Plaza
Manchester, NH 03101
Available digitally at: http://www.manchesternh.gov/Departments/Planning-and-Comm-Dev/Community-Improvement-Program/HUD-Submittals
Questions regarding the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice may be addressed to Julia Vieira in the Planning and Community Development Department at 624-6450.
The public is encouraged to submit comments on the proposed Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice through August 17, 2020. Written comments can be submitted by mail to the City of Manchester Department of Planning and Community Development, Community Improvement Program, One City Hall Plaza, Manchester, NH 03101 or digitally via e-mail to email@example.com .
Signed: Leon L. LaFreniere, AICP
Director of Planning and Community Development