No. 11: Streamline Land-Use Board Review

Action Name:
Streamline Land Use Board Review

Brief Description of Action:
Have City Council ask for staff recommendations in order to make review by the Planning Board, ZBA, HDC, and the Conservation Commission(advisory) a predictable, time-bound, object and transparent approval process.

What problem is this action trying to solve?
Decrease overhead and risk for developers to put forth projects containing residential units

What are the goals for this action? If this action is successful, what will be the outcome?
We will see more “middle market” housing (residential units) built in Portsmouth.

For this action to be successful, who else needs to be involved?
City Council
Planning Staff

What are the first steps to take to move this action forward?
Community education on goal and methodology
Identify areas that are unclear, subjective, or otherwise problematic
Have City Council approve zoning changes/ have NH legislature enact enabling legislation

People interested in taking a leadership role to move this action forward:
Rebecca Perkins

If you are interested in working on this idea, send email to

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