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Welcome to the official page of the Manchester Land Use Code 


If you are interested in applying to the Zoning Ordinance Steering Committee, please send your resume and a letter of interest to LUC@manchesternh.gov. Applications will be accepted until June 28th, 2024.



In August of 2021, the Manchester Planning Board adopted a new master plan for the city – the first since 2009.  The 2021 Manchester Master Plan is based on community input and describes the people of Manchester’s goals for how the city should develop for years to come.  To make those goals a reality, one of the Master Plan's main recommendations is to update the Manchester Zoning Ordinance and other regulations that deal with land use and development.  The City is following that recommendation by creating a land use code.  The code will assemble a new zoning ordinance, new subdivision regulations, and new site-plan regulations in one document, making them as easy to use as possible.  Amending these regulations will bring them more in line with what today's residents and businesses want for the Queen City. 


The process for creating the new Manchester Land Use Code is well underway.  The City, in partnership with a consultant, has been working since late 2021 on a new zoning ordinance.  The process has included public outreach and interviews, a multi-day charette workshop, and the writing and rewriting of drafts.  The first public draft of the new Manchester Zoning Ordinance will be released in the late spring or early summer of 2024.  After the release of the public draft, the City will host an extensive series of information sessions and public meetings throughout the summer, with the goal of getting input from as many people as possible.  After the meetings conclude, we will redraft the ordinance to incorporate comments and present it to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA) for adoption.  

A timeline of the Manchester Land Use Code. The public release of the Zoning Ordinance is the next item on the timeline.

You don’t need to attend a meeting to have your comments heard.  You can tell us what you think, or just ask a question, by writing to LUC@manchesternh.gov.  


A New Zoning Map

The new zoning ordinance will be accompanied by a new zoning map.  A zoning map organizes different areas of the city by their distinctive characters.  Each zoning district allows for different uses and types of buildings.  The districts reflect how neighborhoods already look and how they might grow in the future.  The goal of the new zoning map is to allow development where it makes the most sense, while keeping the distinctive look and feel of Manchester. 

An image of the proposed Zoning Map



New Zoning Districts

The new zoning map has retained some existing districts while adding new zoning districts to better reflect the distinct neighborhoods in Manchester.  A brief description of each zoning district is listed below:

Map color for Residential Suburban – Low Density EnvironmentsResidential Suburban- Low Density (R-S): Low-density, rural environments at the periphery of the city with appropriate lot sizes to support single-family dwellings.

Map Color for Residential One-Family- Medium Density EnvironmentsResidential One-Family- Medium Density (R1-A): Medium-density neighborhoods with detached single-family dwellings in outlying areas of the city.

Map Color for Residential One-Family- High Density EnvironmentsResidential One-Family- High Density (R1-B): Higher-density neighborhoods with detached single-family dwellings with smaller lot sizes and setback requirements.

Map Color for Residential Two-Family DistrictResidential Two-Family (R-2): Transitional areas between single-family and mixed-use districts that house a mix of single-family dwellings and duplexes.

Map Color for Residential Multifamily Residential Multifamily (R-M): Neighborhoods with a mix of apartment complexes, townhouses, and houses outside of the city’s core.

Map Color for Mixed-Use- NeighborhoodMixed-Use- Neighborhood (MX-1): Neighborhoods that allow for a range of housing types and some small commercial uses at selected corners.

Map Color for Mixed-Use- GeneralMixed-Use- General (MX-2): Urban areas that encourage a mix of small- to medium-scale building types, including neighborhood offices, retail, and services.

Map Color for the Downtown CenterDowntown Center (DT-1): A district that includes a variety of compatible building types and uses, with active frontages set at, or close to, sidewalks.

Map Color for the Downtown CoreDowntown Core (DT-2): An area that allows for development at the maximum densities and building heights, with active frontages set up to sidewalks.

Map Color for the MillyardMillyard: A special district that celebrates the history of the Millyard, but allows for new buildings that match the district's historic character. 

Map Color for the Innovation DistrictInnovation District (ID): A special district that allows for a variety of uses to support high-tech industry, combined with higher-density residential uses, while accommodating a unique natural landscape. 

Map Color for the Business Corridor- Neighborhood Business Corridor- Neighborhood (BC-1): Districts that permit a full range of housing types along with commercial uses that are commonly found outside of neighborhood centers.

Map Color for the Business Corridor- RegionalBusiness Corridor- Regional (BC-2): Districts that serve the region with medium- to high-intensity commercial and institutional uses that benefit from access to major highways.

Map Color for the Industrial DistrictsIndustrial (IND): Districts that set aside appropriate areas for the intensive production of goods and materials.


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