The Planning Office provides research, advisory and administrative support for an array of comprehensive and land use planning functions within the City of Somersworth. The Department provides staff support to a number of City Council appointed boards and commissions including the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment, Historic District Commission, and the Conservation Commission.

Principal Activities

·Development and maintenance of the City’s Master Plan.

·Reviewing of private development projects and other physical projects involving City property for consistency and conformity with the Master Plan and the community’s vision.

·The formulation of planning policies and standards that will ensure a high quality living and working environment for Somersworth neighborhoods and districts.

·Providing assistance to citizens in understanding and applying the policies of the Master Plan and the provisions of the City’s land use regulations.

·Anticipating and acting on the need for new plans, policies, and regulation changes.

The division is administered in a manner designed to fulfill the objectives of the Master Plan, provide applicants with efficient application processing services and provide citizens appropriate opportunities to participate in land use decisions.

Master Plan final copy 2010

Contact Information:

Shanna Saunders, Director of Planning and Community Development
(603) 692-9517

Tracy Gora, Planning Secretary

One Government Way
Somersworth, NH 03878