Manchester Transit Oriented Development (TOD)

What is TOD?
Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is a development model focused on the creation of compact, walkable, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use communities centered around well-connected and high-quality mobility systems. TOD creates better access to jobs, housing, and opportunity for people of all ages and incomes. Successful TOD provides people from all walks of life with convenient, affordable, and active lifestyles.

The Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan:
The Manchester Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Plan is now complete after an 18-month long planning effort identify a mobility-focused revitalization strategy for of the South End of Elm Street in Downtown Manchester. The TOD plan creates a framework for new places to live, work, and play with convenient options to walk, bike, or take transit to many daily destinations. The plan envisions $588 million worth of real estate programming in the form of new condos, apartments, offices, shops, parks, and plazas all within a 5 to 10-minute walk of a new shuttle service, new bus hub, and a future commuter rail station.
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The resulting program provides a framework for over $100 million of infrastructure investment in new streets as well as new bicycle and pedestrian paths designed to facilitate compact and attractive development that serves the needs of city residents. The TOD Plan framework for investments in infrastructure were coordinated to leverage four private dollars for every dollar of public infrastructure investment. The TOD Plan lays out investment in phases to increase the feasibility of implementation. At full buildout, the development program has the potential to generate $14 million dollars in new property tax revenue for the City of Manchester on an annual basis.

A Plan that Serves Everybody
The Manchester TOD Plan envisions a livable community for all ages and would provide inhabitants an improved quality of life through superior access to jobs, shopping, healthcare, parks, and entertainment. By planning for senior citizens, young adults, and everybody in between, the TOD Plan provides new options for people seeking transit-oriented lifestyles and new housing choices within the City.

The City of Manchester, Manchester Transit Authority, local business owners, area property owners, and interested citizens came together through interviews, surveys, online engagement tools, and public meetings to develop the TOD Plan.

Where Can I Read the Manchester TOD Plan?
The final Manchester TOD Plan provides an achievable vision for the South End of Downtown Manchester. Please note, although website content creation has come to a close, the project participation will remain in place as an archive of the planning process, engagement, and products created throughout the project. Online engagement included the development of an interactive project website found here:

Who Created the Manchester TOD Plan?
In the Spring of 2019, SNHPC contracted with Goody Clancy and their team of sub-consultants to provide urban planning services. In the following 18-months the consultant, along with SNHPC staff, commenced public engagement, and data gathering, planning, and coordination of the Manchester TOD Plan. Manchester’s plan area is bounded by Granite Street to the north, Queen City Avenue to the south, Second Street to the West, and Elm Street to the East.

How was the TOD Plan Funded?
The Manchester Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Plan is the result of funding from the Community Technical Assistance Program (CTAP) managed by NHDOT. CTAP funding is focused on support for planning strategies which mitigate impacts associated with the widening of Interstate 93 between Salem and Manchester. The CTAP process follows three main stages: Assessment, Visioning, and Implementation. The Manchester TOD Plan is a three-phase or “Implementation” project which is intended to take prior assessments and plans that have been developed and turn them into actions that move the community towards mitigation strategies. CTAP’s City of Manchester - Completed CTAP Community Planning Assessment Summary Report & Questionnaire documents phase one CTAP work in Manchester while CTAP Community Planning Road Map comprises the phase two visioning element of the Manchester CTAP project. The Manchester TOD plan constitutes the phase three “Implementation” as the final phase of work for CTAP in Manchester.

Reach Out
For questions, comments, or more information about the Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan, please contact James Vayo, Project Manager for the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission by email at or by phone at (603) 669-4664.