MANCHESTER >> The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has awarded $16,100 to the Town of Manchester in state municipal planning grant funds for Phase II of the town's rewrite of its Land Use & Development Ordinance. The Town of Manchester successfully competed against 72 communities and was one of 45 funded.
Although the Manchester Town Plan reflects smart growth principles, and has established appropriate goals for a diverse economy, affordable housing development, protection of natural resources, and energy conservation; over 30 years of zoning amendments have not resulted in adequate realization of these goals. Instead, growth continues to be focused primarily in the retail sector, the housing and jobs needs of the community remain largely unmet, and concentrated mixed use development of the downtown remains elusive. Phase I of the zoning rewrite process resulted in a streamlined and logical ordinance. The Manchester Selectboard will hold a hearing on Phase I on December 15.