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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 Public Input Survey

The Master Plan Public Survey is available here. Deadline for submission is May 17th.

Public Forum, March 3, 2016 5:30 - 8:00 PM, Claremont Middle School

The Master Plan Steering Committee and Planning & Development Department are hosting a Public Forum to gather public input for the Master Plan update.  Please bring your voice, your thoughts and opinions.  It will be an engaging and highly interactive forum. 


Public Forum Polling Results

What Drives Claremont?

Visioning Exercise

Natural and Historic Resources



Economic Development


Land Use

Parks & Recreation

Steering Committee Meetings

11/21/2017 Meeting: Public Notice, Agenda

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 added to the next revision of the Master Plan.

See the full text of the 2011 Master Plan here.

Master Plan Preparation

In preparing, revising, or amending the master plan, the planning board may make surveys and studies, and may review data about the existing conditions, probable growth demands, and best design methods to prevent sprawl growth in the community and the region. The board may also consider the goals, policies, and guidelines of any regional or state plans, as well as those of abutting communities.

During the preparation of the various sections of the master plan, the board shall inform the general public (and the office of energy and planning and regional planning commissions) and solicit public comments regarding the future growth of the municipality in order to involve citizens in the preparation of the master plan in a way which is most appropriate for the municipality.

City staff and consultants provide support to the Planning Board; conduct studies; assist with public outreach; collect, prepare and assemble information and materials into a professional planning document; and develop implementation strategies.

The Planning Board oversees the work of the Steering Committee; conducts surveys; reviews studies; conducts public hearings; adopts and implements the Plan. 

Work Plan

The planning process will be divided into three phases over 18 months.

Phase 1: Vision Statement

  • Establish Master Plan Steering Committee (Completed - membership above)
  • Community Visioning/Public participation process (March 3, 2016)
  • Community Survey

Phase 2: Subcommittee and Chapter meetings

  • Draft preliminary chapter plans and future land use maps

Phase 3: Implementation Strategies and Final Plan

Subcommittee Meetings

10/03/2017 Housing Chapter Subcommittee Meeting: Public Notice

Land Use Survey Results
Claremont Population Analysis
Land Use Vision
Land Use Chapter (Draft)
Land Use Chapter Appendix
Housing (Draft) Vision

Subcommittee Meeting Minutes

Transportation: January 5

Parks and Recreation: August 18, August 25, August 28, September 1, September 12, September 29, October 13December 8

Natural Resources: August 6 August 29 September 7, November 1

Community Facilities: August 29, September 12, September 19, September 26, October 3, October 17 November 17

Energy: July 20, August 3, August 17, August 31, September 14, September 28 November 8

Historic Resources: October 27, December 13 January 26

Economic Development: December 3  January 5  February 15 March 16 April 12 May 18 July 14

Land Use: Sept 1, Sept 15, Sept 22, Sept 29, Oct 27, Nov 10, Mar 2

Housing: Mar 15 Mar 22