The former New Hampshire Technical College site at 275 Portsmouth Avenue remains under-utilized now nearly 15 years after the college stopped operating at the site. In an effort to help foster redevelopment of the site, the Planning Board is currently considering revisions to the zoning district created specially for this large unique property in Stratham. The Flexible Mixed Use zoning designation was adopted by voters for this site just before the college was to move out of the property in an effort to encourage redevelopment of the parcel. SInce that has not yet come to fruition, the Planning Board is considering revisions to increase the flexibility of the zoning, including adding more permitted uses and providing a Conditional Use Permit process to allow deviations from the Zoning Ordinance when there is good cause and the deviation is consistent with the spirit of the Ordinance and Master Plan. This tool is very similar to to one that has been used effectively in the Gateway and Town Center districts for many years.
At the same time, revisions to the zoning district are being considered that would reinforce and strenghten the Town's mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented, and village-style vision for the future of the property, including a requirement that a pedestrian connection be provided to link with Stratham Hill Park located across Portsmouth Avenue from the site. Due to the continued regional housing shortage, the Planning Board is considering requiring that a certain share of any redevelopment include new more affordable housing options. A height limitation, which was not included in the original re-zoning, and a requirement for a landscaped buffer from abutting residential properties, are also under discussion. Overall, these efforts are designed to preserve the Town's original vision for the property while providing additional flexibility to encourage redevelopment of the site in the near and not distant future.
As always, the Planning Board welcomes and highly encourages your input. Residents can check this page to review the latest proposed revisions to the zoning posted at the bottom of this page. New text is highlighted in blue, while text proposed for deletion is red-lined. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Planning Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (603) 772-7391, ext. 180.