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PRESS RELEASE: Portsmouth Planning Board
to Hold Public Hearing on Future Land Use in City

On Thursday August 5th at 7:00 p.m., the Portsmouth Planning Board will hold the final in a series of public hearings on the draft City Master Plan. The televised August 5th hearing, to take place in City Council Chambers at Portsmouth City Hall, will focus on the Future Land Use element of the Master Plan. At this hearing, the Planning Board will be seeking public input on desired changes to the City's zoning map.

Portsmouth began work on the city's Master Plan in January 2003 and, earlier this summer, the Draft Goals, Objectives & Strategies section of the Master Plan was released by the Planning Board for public review and comment. The Draft Master Plan was developed based on input the Planning Board received from residents, businesses, City boards and commissions, the Portsmouth Listens study circles and other stakeholders. The Final Master Plan is expected to be complete this fall.

The Planning Board is responsible for both the development and the adoption of the Master Plan as outlined in state statutes. Implementation of specific Master Plan recommendations will occur through City Council approval of changes to local regulations, as well as through Council funding decisions. Please click here to download The Draft Master Plan document, and additional hard copies are available from the Planning Department at City Hall.

DEPARTMENT: Planning Department
Cindy Hayden, Deputy City Manager, 431-2006, ext. 218
David Holden, Planning Director, 431-2006, ext. 230