Manchester Transit Oriented Development (TOD)

What is TOD?
Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is a development model focused on the creation of compact, walkable, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use communities centered around well-connected and high-quality mobility options. Transit-oriented communities create better access to jobs, housing, and opportunity for people of all ages, abilities, and incomes. Successful Transit-oriented communities provide people from all walks of life with new lifestyle options.

The Manchester Transit-Oriented Development Plan:
The Manchester Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Plan is now complete after an 18-month long planning effort. The plan identifies a mobility-focused revitalization strategy for of the South End of Elm Street in Downtown Manchester. The TOD plan creates a framework for how to create new places to live, work, and play by building safe and attractive options to walk, bike, or take transit to a variety of daily destinations. The Manchester TOD plan envisions over $500 million worth of private real estate investment 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, a bus hub, and a future rail station.
The Manchester TOD Plan cover (Sept. 2020)
The TOD Plan's capital investment program provides a framework for how to conduct a phased implementation of over 100 million dollars in infrastructure investment. These investments would create new streets, bicycle and pedestrian paths, and transit services designed to facilitate compact and attractive development to serve city residents. The TOD Plan framework infrastructure investment leverages four private dollars for every dollar of public infrastructure investment. The phased approach to investment increases 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 less car-dependent lifestyles and new housing choices.

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 final TOD Plan found below.

How do I see who Contributed to the 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: https://courbanize.com/projects/manchester-tod/information

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, and project area stakeholders commenced public engagement, and data gathering, planning, and coordination of the Manchester TOD Plan.

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 followed 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 jvayo@snhpc.org or by phone at (603) 669-4664.