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Master Plan Update

According to state law, the Planning Board has the duty "to prepare and amend from time to time a master plan to guide the development of the municipality."  The Master Plan is a non-regulatory public policy document intended to provide direction and guidance for the future growth of Claremont and to provide the basis for any changes or updates to the City's local land use regulations, especially the City Zoning Ordinance.  Revisions to the plan are recommended every 5 to 10 years. The last update to the Master Plan was in 2011.  Since much activity has occurred since 2011 and additional development and redevelopment activity is anticipated, now is an appropriate time for the City and its Planning Board to update the Master Plan.

A key aspect of the Master Plan process is public participation.  This is, in part, achieved through the Master Plan Steering Committee.  The Committee is comprised of interested citizens whose task is to assist the Planning Board, City Staff, and consultants with the Plan preparation. 

Master Plan Draft for Public View

Ch 1 Land Use
Ch 2 Community Facilities
Ch 3 Economic Development
Ch 4 Energy
Ch 5 Historic Resources
Ch 6 Housing
Ch 7 Natural Resources
Ch 8 Parks and Recreation
Ch 9 Public Health
Ch 10 Transportation
Ch 11 Implementation

The Planning Board will be holding a public hearing on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 6:00 PM in Council Chambers at City Hall to take public comment on the draft Master Plan. Public Notice

Public Forum Polling Results

What Drives Claremont?

Visioning Exercise

Natural and Historic Resources



Economic Development


Land Use

Parks & Recreation

Steering Committee Meeting Minutes

2017 2016 2015

Master Plan Steering Committee

Seat 1 Seat 2 Seat 3
James Feleen
David Putnam Marilyn Harris
Seat 4 Seat 5 Seat 6
William Carpenter
Melissa Richmond
Andre Lafreniere
Seat 7 Seat 8 Seat 9
Richard Wahrlich
Derek Ferland
Debora Matteau
Seat 10 Seat 11 Seat 12
Nicholas Koloski
Abigail Carman Eileen Skowronski

Components of the Master Plan

NH RSA 674:2 requires that a Master Plan include as a minimum two elements - a vision section and a land use section.  The vision section serves to direct the other sections of the plan. This section contains a set of statements which articulate the desires of the citizens affected by the master plan, not only for their locality but for the region and the whole state. It also contains a set of guiding principles and priorities to implement that vision. The land use section is that section upon which all the other sections are based. This section translates the vision statements into physical terms. Based on a study of population, economic activity, and natural, historic, and cultural resources, it shows existing conditions and the proposed location, extent, and intensity of future land use.  NH RSA 674:2-4

In addition to the Vision Statement and Land Use Section, the 2011 Master Plan  also contains the following sections:
       (a) Housing
       (d) Economic Development
       (d) Historic Resources
       (e) Community Facilities
       (f) Recreation  
       (g) Natural Resources
       (h) Transportation

Based upon recommendations from the City Center Initiative Committee, there will be an Energy chapter and a Public Health chapter added to the next revision of the Master Plan.

See the full text of the 2011 Master Plan here.