Space Needs Study
In 2007 the department oversaw the development of a space needs study, which reviewed existing office layout of function areas of City Hall. The consultant, AG Architects, interviewed staff and administrators to determine future needs and then developed a plan to guide staff placement reorganization throughout City Hall.
In 2008, Planning staff oversaw the relocation of offices within City Hall to assist in creating a more flexible and efficient working environment, with improved customer service opportunities within the existing City Hall.
Cochecho River Dredge
The City of Dover and Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) are teaming up to conduct the dredging project to remove sediment as part of the cleanup of the former Dover Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) site and to improve navigation in Dover Landing. This dredging work will be conducted in conjunction with the maintenance dredging of the Cochecho River channel by the City and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).
Since the mid-1990’s, the City of Dover has been actively planning and acquiring right-ofways for a Community Trail Project. The Dover Master Plan recommends a community
trail to provide both recreation and alternative
transportation opportunities for Dover’s
The trail will follow a former railroad bed
through much of the City and will provide
public access to protected greenways along the
Cochecho and Bellamy Rivers.
Downtown Traffic Study
The Downtown Traffic Circulation Study was a review of the travel and economic development issues associated with the Dover’s Urban Core. The goal of the study was to evaluate the traffic circulation patterns in the Central Avenue/Main Street region of downtown and study the impact waterfront revitalization will have on the current and future patterns. In order to effectively complete this study an in depth traffic study based upon redeveloping the City’s waterfront area, was completed.
The Circulation study was mentioned in many of the recommendations contained in the Transportation Chapter of the Master Plan. A common theme is that the study should review the reestablishment of the Washington Street Vehicular Bridge, which is seen as vital to the Riverfront redevelopment effort. This vehicular bridge would complement the pedestrian access bridge.
Downtown Transit Loop/FastTrans
This is a downtown transit loop project. The intention of the project is to encourage the use of public transit for trips that take place between two Dover locations.
Staff worked with COAST to develop two different
loops that interconnect with existing public transit opportunities. The first loop began operation in December of 2008, and the second began operation in March of 2009.
For updated route information, please visit http://www.coastbus.org/fasttrans.html
On February 9, 2005 the City Council established the Cochecho Waterfront Development Advisory Committee (CWDAC) and delegated the task of the waterfront redevelopment to the Dover Housing Authority (DHA). The CWDAC was responsible for reviewing all aspects of the City's River Street parcel redevelopment and facilitating a plan for developing the lot as a multi-faceted destination point, offering recreational, economic and quality of life opportunities for everyone.
Staff has assisted CWDAC with its review and development of the Design Guidelines and LDA.
Form Based Code
Dover's Form Based Code project is envisioned as the first comprehensive review of the City's urban core zoning since 1983. This process includes an intense public participation component and is based on the idea that context sensitive development should be at the forefront of our continued development and growth pattern.
The Form Based Code project began in September of 2008 and will continue through July 2009.
Impact Fee Development
Impact fees may be assessed to new development to compensate
the City and the School District for the proportional share of capital facilities generated by new development in the
City of Dover. Any person who seeks a building permit for new development may be required to pay an impact fee in the manner set forth.
In 2003, the City felt that Impact Fees were a way to mitigate unintended consequences of growth. Fees are meant to pay for the impacts to capital facilities caused by development. The enabling legislation also requires that the fees only be used for the purposes for which
they are collected.
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