A four-day visioning and design charrette (workshop) on ‘character-based’ zoning for the North End will begin with a public presentation at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 10 in the former Portsmouth Herald building on Maplewood Avenue.
The charrette will include organized activities each day, but the public also will be able to view maps, make comments and contribute ideas during an open studio from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day.
The opening session at 6 p.m. Monday will include a presentation and hands-on exercise for participants.
The second day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, will feature three roundtable discussions: business, landowners and developers (10 a.m.); building scale and design issues (1 p.m.); and public streets, infrastructure and civic spaces.
The third day, Wednesday, Nov. 12, will include a public pin-up and review session (6 p.m.) where the consultants present ideas and alternatives and receive feedback.
The final day of the charrette, Thursday. Nov. 13, will include a work-in-progress presentation (6 p.m.) at City Hall. This session will describe the preliminary vision for the area, explain the elements of the plan, and present other findings and work products developed during the charrette. The public also will have another opportunity to provide feedback.
Following the charrette, Town Planning will prepare a draft of amendments to Portsmouth’s Character-Based Zoning Ordinance. The draft ordinance be reviewed by the Planning Board and will need the approval of the City Council.
For more information, see the city web page www.planportsmouth.org/characterbasedzoning.html