Project Implementation Memo Published


Hello Manchester TOD friends,

We are excited to announce that the design team has published an IMPLEMENTATION MEMO on the INFO tab on the interactive project website (courb.co/Manchester). The design team has documented the following milestones within the implementation memo:

  • Project phasing for real estate, infrastructure, and transit investments
  • Analysis of the cost-benefit of investment at each project phase
  • Identification of financial vehicles for proposed infrastructure
  • Guidelines for land use and zoning changes to aid implementation


The transit-oriented development plan program is an ambitious vision but a vision grounded in a realistic, market-based approach to investment. Below is a summary of the plan's program impact across several metrics, including the total value of development and the number of new residential units in the study area. The memo content is in-depth so please give the work of the design team a deeper dive by reading the full IMPLEMENTATION MEMO.


The next step in the TOD planning process is publishing the draft TOD plan as well as presentation of the draft plan by the design team. The design team, led by Goody Glancy, will present the draft plan in multiple digital public forums.

Here is a quick outline of the anticipated next steps.

Your participation throughout the planning process has been critical to creating a plan that will produce successful outcomes. Please continue to share your feedback and questions in the COMMENTS SECTION of the interactive project page. Once again, thank you for all of your participation.


We look forward to scheduling the public forums in August. Please keep an eye out for an email from us once the draft plan is live and dates for the public forums have been set. We look forward to all your great feedback on the TOD plan when it is published. For now, please give the IMPLEMENTATION MEMO a read!


Regards,

James Vayo, AICP - TOD Project Manager


Draft TOD Plan Coming Soon!

Happy June Everyone! We have appreciated hearing everyone’s thoughts and ideas on the Manchester Transit-Oriented Development plan. The project design team is currently hard at work developing a draft TOD plan to share with you. We are currently talking with the City of Manchester, the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the Manchester Millyard Museum, and Manchester Public Television about collaborating to bring the draft TOD plan presentation to the public in several formats.

We hope to have virtual meeting dates available shortly for you to put into your calendar. In the meantime, enjoy this teaser illustration of an "Activated Alley" in the Gaslight District!

Regards,

The TOD Design Team

The "Central" Planning Scenario Selected for Advancement as Draft TOD Plan

Thank you all for the insightful input and ideas you’ve shared with us during this rigorous Transit-Oriented Development planning process. Thanks to you we have accomplished so much already!

We are excited to announce that we have now the Transit-Oriented Development Plan has advanced into the DRAFT TOD planning phase of work. This phase of work began with the selection of a planning scenario for advancement. The design team has been hard at work developing planning documents and preparing materials to share during one of the upcoming public presentations of the draft plan. In addition to the TOD plan, the design team has been coordinating the City of Manchester as they prepared their submission for a BUILD Grant. Now more than ever, the work of the City to connect the people and goods of our city to the broader economy are aligned with the planning for investment in the TOD study area.

Your participation during this process has been more than helpful. Please continue to share your feedback and questions in the COMMENTS section on the CoUrbanize Page. We will be in touch soon with information on the public meetings to review the draft TOD plan shortly. Thanks!

Manchester TOD Planning Scenarios Published!

Thank you all for the insightful input and ideas you’ve shared with us in the visioning session and online. Thanks to you, we have accomplished so much already!

Since we are all stuck in the house, the design team is hoping to put our collective nervous energy to good use. We have happy to announce that the TOD PLANNING SCENARIOS for real estate development around future transit services in Downtown are now published. We published the scenarios on the INFO tab under "Steering-Comm_Scenarios_Apr-19" on our interactive CoUrbanize website but you can also link to the slides by clicking the bold text in this message.

We hope you find the planning scenarios as compelling as we do. After reviewing the presentation slides, please consider sharing your thoughts with us. Here are some questions to consider:

  • What scenario is most compelling to you from a positioning standpoint, in terms of long-term development?
  • What scenario seems most do-able to you in the short-term?
  • What scenario has the greatest benefit to your organization/interest? The larger city?
  • What scenario do you think will be most successful?
  • What should be the preferred scenario? 

Your participation during the planning process has been so very helpful. Please continue to share your feedback and questions with us. If you would like to have a conversation with a member of the design team? Consider setting up a chat with us by visiting the REQUEST A CHAT SECTION on the CoUrbanize page. We look forward to talking with you soon!


With Care,

The Manchester TOD Plan Design Team

COVID-19 Update, new ways to engage Manchester TOD...

COVID-19 is impacting every aspect of our community. We wanted to give you an update about how the Manchester TOD design team is addressing COVID-19. 

The Manchester TOD project is in the "Planning Scenarios" phase of work. The design team is planning to present the draft TOD plan during public meetings in the May/June time frame. The City of Manchester is currently revising their procedures for public meetings in order to hold them in a virtual format. It is likely that the draft TOD plan will be presented to boards and committees in this virtual format. We will be sure to keep you up to date with the latest information about how to log on to public meetings as they are scheduled.

Even in this uncertain time, we want to stay connected with you and want to hear about your feedback and questions. Even though we can't meet up in-person, the project team is available to talk one-on-one or in small groups virtually. If you want to connect, please visit the REQUEST A CHAT tab on the CoUrbanize platform so we may to continue the dialogue. 

We look forward to talking with you soon!


Regards,

Manchester TOD Design Team

New Questions!

Thank you to everyone who has commented so far! Your ideas and feedback have helped us shape a comprehensive idea of the community's priorities for and interest in the study area. As we begin to think about implementing your comments and ideas in drafting our plan, we’ve moved over to a new comments section and have added some new questions about: Housing distribution, trail and transportation investments and more!

Click through these new topics in our comments section and post your ideas to help us continually improve our project. We can’t wait to hear from you!


A Wonderful Visioning Session and Survey Response!

KUDOS!

It’s been great to see community participation in this Manchester TOD planning process. Residents and employees alike have met with the project team members, attended the visioning session, or completed our Transit-Oriented survey. Because of your wonderful participation in planning process, we have critical information that will shape the future of development for the South End of Elm Street.


NEW INFORMATION

We wanted to bring you up to speed on the progression of planning efforts by letting you know the design team has completed their EXISTING CONDITIONS REPORT and CHARRETTE AND SURVEY REPORT and posted the information to the INFO tab on the project web page.

Through your participation, we now know that there is strong support for a shuttle service that would connect new housing development south of Granite Street to high-quality jobs within the Millyard. Investments in such a service would provide superior access to millyard jobs for people who choose to live in the project study area.

We’ll follow up with more updates as soon. The project team is currently drafting changes to the comment section of the project web page. If you do have any final comments you would like to leave on the map, now is you last chance to do so. We will be archiving the map section of the project website next week.

NEXT STEPS

Thank you again for participating and having an impact on your community. Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we look forward to sharing the three scenario plans with you at the beginning of April.


Regards,

James Vayo, Project Manager

Still Time to Take the Charrette Survey!

We had a great public event on Friday, January 31 discussing priorities and scenarios for transportation and development in the Southern End of Downtown as it moves from rail-ready to all-aboard!

THERE'S STILL TIME TO TAKE THE PUBLIC SURVEY!

The survey asks questions about your experiences in Downtown and the South Elm area, your experience with transportation and parking, and your priorities for the future. There are open-ended questions to capture a wide variety of viewpoints. Based on the public input at the charrette event and the survey, we will be developing scenarios for future development. Thank you for your contributions to this important project!

Join us! Major Public Event, January 31st, 3pm - 7pm

Hello and Happy New Year! We are reaching out to let you know about an upcoming public event on JANUARY 31st, 3pm - 7pm. The event will take place in SNHU's Millyard Facility on the 3rd floor of 186 GRANITE STREET. The meeting will be your opportunity to help set the direction of development for the Southern End of Downtown as it moves from rail-ready to all-aboard! During the event we will hold a ROLE PLAYING EXERCISE to start a community conversation about the LOOK AND FEEL OF FUTURE DEVELOPMENT. We know everyone has busy lives so we have designed the event to allow people to drop by for 20 minutes or stay for the entire event!

LOOK LIKE FUN?

PLEASE RSVP TO THE EVENT HERE

If you’re not able to attend the meeting, make sure to check out the latest project information or add your ideas to our interactive website at COURB.CO/MANCHESTER

We’ll also be posting a recap of the event on the website shortly after the event so you don’t miss out on any new details. Thank you!


The Design Team is Collecting Data & Making Maps for January!

Hello Once Again Project Followers, The project page has been live for about three months and there has been an outpouring of interest and input from you, the community members, on the INTERACTIVE MAP. There are now over 150 comments and 800 unique visitors to the project website.

Thank you for engaging in the planning process, The Design Team hitting milestones and preparing for our upcoming charrette!

We are excited to share with you that the Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan reached another milestone just before Thanksgiving. The design team presenting their existing conditions analysis during technical committee meeting #2. During the meeting, the design team provided committee members with new information across topics including transportation systems, land use, market economics, and development opportunities.

Some highlights from the presentation include bike & pedestrian crash data, road diet options, asset inventory, opportunities for corridor development, and placemaking options. Committee members were also asked for feedback on the on the three options provided for siting of a train station. Selecting a site for the future train station will be an important step in anchoring development and infrastructure improvements. During our January Charrette there will be lots of discussion about these options!

Documents: TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEETING #2 PRESENTATION SLIDES

Join us for the Charrette

We invite you to join us in late January as we come together to plan for a better future for the South End of Downtown Manchester. Please plan to attend this charrette event where new ideas and concepts for development will be posed to participants. The charrette will include a series of activities that will provide participants with the opportunity to steer the design process and help select the best solutions for development of the study area.

Link to Event: REPLY TO THE FACEBOOK EVENT LINKED HERE

Thank you for all your interest in this project, we look forward to seeing you in January to create this development plan!

We hear you!

WOW!

It’s been great to see all the NEW COMMENTS roll in on our site. We’ve been noticing a theme and we wanted to let you know that we hear you on pedestrian and bicycle accommodations, housing needs, riverfront connections, aesthetic improvements, and transit access to jobs.

You may be aware that the City of Manchester submitted an application to the federal government for a "BUILD GRANT" back in September. The grant application identified solutions to many of the issues raised in your comments and the City will know by the end of November if they received the $25 MILLION in funding they requested in their application. Grant funding or not, the comments you provided raised the awareness of existing opportunities and challenges of the project area. The themes of your comments will be incorporated into the overall plan for Transit-Oriented Development in the South End of Downtown Manchester.

SAVE THE DATE, UPCOMING PLANNING CHARRETTE IN LATE JANUARY

Please save the date! The TOD planning team will be on-site all day at SNHU'S MILLYARD FACILITY for a planning charrette (a fancy term for public engagement and design event) in LATE JANUARY. This will be the best opportunity for you to engage the design team in person and contribute to the planning process. There is an event page available on FACEBOOK and you can register to attend on EVENTBRITE. We don't mind if you show up for 20 minutes or 4 hours, we just want you to share your interest in the planning process.

We’ll follow up with more updates as soon as we can. If you have any additional feedback, visit our map or comments section AND ADD YOUR COMMENTS Thank you again for participating. Your engagement is leading to better planning outcomes! 

Thank you for connecting with us! What's next?

Thank you for taking the time to participate in the launch of the Manchester TOD interactive website. The project page has been live for about three weeks and there has been an outpouring of input from community members on the INTERACTIVE MAP. There are now over 100 comments and 70 people who have subscribed for project updates since the launch.

We are really excited to see how engaged the community has been so far and we look forward to seeing your vision for Transit-Oriented Development in Manchester!

If you have not been to the project website yet, don’t worry, the comments section will be live for a few more weeks before the design team shifts focus to plan development. So be sure to tell us your thoughts BY VISITING THE INTERACTIVE MAP!

In addition to the press release and website launch, the design team also held a kick-off presentation for the Chamber of Commerce. During the meeting we explained the concepts of Transit-Oriented Development, shared examples of different types of transit modes, and talked about how this type of development applies to the project study area.

If you are interested in seeing the slides from the presentation, they are available in the link below or on the INFORMATION PAGE of the project website where we will archive all project documents for the public to see.

Thank you for all your interest in this project, we look forward to working with you to create this development plan!

Documents: Kick-Off Presentation Slides

What is Transit-Oriented Development? (Video)

The purpose of the Manchester Transit-Oriented Development web-page is to share information for planning efforts underway and collect your ideas on how we can improve the southern end of Downtown Manchester through development and transit investments.

You may be asking yourself, What is Transit-Oriented Development anyways? Well the project team for Manchester's TOD project found a short video that nicely describes the various components of Transit-Oriented Development and how investments in TOD improve our daily lives.

Check out the short video here: https://youtu.be/xzyuI9Bqjaw

Once you have had a chance to watch the video, be sure to come back to our project web-page and share your ideas on how we can improved the southern end of Downtown Manchester on our Interactive Project Map. The design team will be sure to review you comments and incorporate ideas into scenario planning for the first phase of design.

Regards,

The Manchester TOD Project Team

Welcome to the Manchester Transit-Oriented Development project website!

Planning Effort to Develop South End of Downtown Manchester Begins Today

Constantly dealing with traffic can be stressful. What if you could live, work, and play in an environment with safe and convenient options to walk, bike, or take transit to most of your destinations? An effort to provide this kind of living option is underway right now in the South End of Downtown Manchester.

Things to Do

The City of Manchester is starting a planning effort to provide new places to live, work, and play. Over the next 10 months, Manchester’s Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) planning effort will explore ways to add new apartments, condos, offices, shops, parks, and plazas all within a 5 to 10-minute walk of a new bus hub and rail station in the South End of Downtown Manchester.

New Ways to Travel

The resulting plan will outline ways to build streets and paths designed to encourage walking and biking though safe intersections and on compact, attractive, and well-signed city blocks. Because TOD places an emphasis on walking, biking, and transit to get around, parking takes up less space. The result is a compact neighborhood where fewer people need to drive for everyday trips.

Include Everybody

Transit-Oriented Development also provides livable communities for all ages. TOD communities give residents an improved quality of life through better access to jobs, shopping, healthcare, and entertainment. By including everybody in Manchester’s planning effort, the growing number of senior citizens, young adults, and people who cannot or prefer not to drive can help shape the City’s TOD plan.

Get Involved

The City of Manchester, Manchester Transit Authority, business owners, property owners, and citizens are coming together to plan for a better future for the South End of Downtown Manchester. Please join us on the project website (courb.co/manchester) to learn more about the planning process and how you can get involved in Manchester’s Transit-Oriented Development plan!

With Excitement,

The Manchester TOD Planning Team

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