Character-Based Zoning- Phase 2: North End and Islington Street Corridor

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.

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. 

Click on the tabs below for the project schedule, documents, and meeting videos.

  • Project Schedule
  • Documents
  • Meeting Videos

Kick-off Meeting:
Tuesday, September 23rd
City Council Chambers
7:00 p.m. (Live on Channel 22)

North End Design Charrette:
November 10th-13th
Location TBD

Islington Street Corridor Design Charrette:
Anticipated in early 2015
Location TBD

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