Character-Based Zoning

Phase 1

In April 2014, Portsmouth adopted its first character based zoning district in the downtown.  The goal of the project was to protect the heritage of the City's built environment by providing appropriate development standards for future infill and redevelopment projects. Compared to conventional zoning, form-based zoning creates "Character-Based Zoning Districts" which focus less on specific land uses, and instead emphasize building placement, scale and design. The project focused on issues that affect the form and character of the downtown, including building height, volume, scale, massing and architectural design.

Phase 2

After successful adoption in the downtown, the City of Portsmouth is now in the process of developing Character-Based Zoning for the next two areas of the City: The North End and the Islington Street Corridor.  The City has once again contracted with the firm Town Planning and Urban Design Collaborative (TPUDC) to produce the new Character-Based code. 

For more information about each study area in Phase 2, please see the links below :