There’s more to Main Street than pavement and cars and there’s more to the Re-thinking Main Street Project than travel lanes and sidewalk widths. Watch Kirk Westphal’s “Insights into a Lively Downtown” – a case study about Ann Arbor, Michigan that looks at the streetscape in relationship to the activities that lead to economic development and vibrancy.
Concord 2020 is a citizen involvement group supporting a smart growth vision in Concord, NH: vibrant downtown, walkable villages, environmental preservation, access to nature, economic vitality, and people-friendly transportation.
What's the Vision?
The Vision is the belief that Concord can grow and still maintain its attractive personal scale, if growth is focused around village centers and downtown.
The Vision is a belief that built and natural spaces may beand should beclosely integrated but that the edges between them should remain clear, providing a welcome visual contrast and easy accessibility to both types of space. The village concept accomplishes this, bringing together residential, commercial, and green space at a walkable scale.
The Vision is the idea that Concord's growth should be managed by keeping the 5 Vision Principles balanced, over time and across the city. It is the belief that we can enhance our current living, working, and playing spaces in ways that provide for economic vitality and inevitable growth, without sacrificing our high quality of life or rational transportation.
5 Vision Principles
A vibrant, livable Downtown
Neighborhoods served by walkable villages
Preservation and access to the natural environment
Transportation that serves the community
What We Do at Concord 20/20:
As the core operating principle, Concord 20/20 helps the community jump start the transportation opportunities available in Concord and the surrounding area because land use and transportation are strongly linked. From walking, biking, and ride-sharing, to trolleys, and buses, our goal will be to get some of us out of our single occupant vehicles at least some of the time!
Concord 20/20 is primarily a convener and a catalyst not a service provider. We are dedicated to using our talents and position to secure opportunities, build partnerships, and leverage outside resources that will benefit the region and support implementation of Concord’s Master Plan.
With the completion of Concord's Master Plan, the City and Concord 20/20 took the opportunity to organize a discussion regarding the current development regulations, including; the Zoning Ordinance, the Subdivision Regulations, the Site Plan Review Regulations and the Design Guidelines. The purpose of this review was to determine if the current regulations were serving the needs of the community and if they were in line with the goals of the Master Plan. Review the full report here