On March 21, 2016, Mayor Jack Blalock announced the formation of a Housing Working Group consisting of the following members:

Rebecca Perkins, City Councilor (Chair)
Chris Dwyer, City Councilor
Eric Spear, City Councilor
John Ricci, Chair, Planning Board
Mike Kennedy, Commissioner, Portsmouth Housing Authority
David Witham, Former Chair, Zoning Board of Adjustment
Nancy Colbert Puff, Deputy City Manager
Rick Taintor, Planning Director
Jessa Berna, Planner I

Committee Objectives

  1. Identify three new areas in the City for either incentive zoning or village centers, with the goal of building authentic neighborhoods
  2. Identify the components that make a desirable neighborhood
  3. Make recommendations to Staff on how to implement the components identified in Objective #2 in the areas identified in Objective #1

Committee Work Products and Reports


May 11, 2016 8:30 AM Agenda Minutes Presentations  
June 6, 2016 8:30 AM Agenda Minutes  
June 21, 2016 (Public Input Session) 7:00 PM Agenda Minutes Presentation
July 15, 2016 8:30 AM Agenda Minutes  
September 12, 2016 8:30 am Agenda    
September 26, 2016 8:30 am Agenda     Video
October 17, 2016 8:30 am        


Housing Reports & Data (click here)


Housing Committee Recorded Meetings - 2016

To view an individual meeting click on the 3 bar icon in the top left or click play to view them all. Meetings are organised with the latest meeting first. To view other meetings please visit theĀ City's YouTube Channel.


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