Village Plan Alternative

Description: The Village Plan Alternative (VPA) is a planning tool that promotes compact development with a mix of land uses, including residential, small-scale commercial, recreation and conservation in close proximity to one another within a neighborhood. It is designed to implement the specific provisions of RSA 674:21.VI(a) to allow for the creation of new villages with mixed-used development that is scaled to the smaller populations and lower density of New Hampshire towns.

The VPA is based on the best examples of village design and Traditional Neighborhood Design (TND), scaled to a rural setting. The ordinance includes provisions to require design at the human scale by providing for pedestrian access, clear delineations of public and private spaces, and connections between residential and small-scale retail areas. Provisions are included in the VPA to protect open space, provide access to parks and recreation, and preserve and enhance the rural, small town character of many New Hampshire towns.

This chapter of the Innovative Land Use Techniques Handbook provides an overview of the VPA and presents model ordinance language.

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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, NH Association of Regional Planning Commissions, NH Office of Energy and Planning and the NH Local Government Center
Date: 2008

Format: PDF Document

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