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Welcome to the Pelham New Hampshire Planning Department website.  Inside you will find information for the Planning Department, the Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Adjustment, Conservation Commission, building application permits and forms, and Pelham's zoning ordinance and development regulations.  This site serves as a reference for a very active town Planning Department, and while every effort is made to keep it current, you should always refer directly to the Planning Department office if you have any questions.

Attention: Because the Planning/Building Office closes promptly at 4:00 pm no building permits will be issued after 3:45 pm due to the processing time. We apologize for any inconvenience resulting from this process. Thank you!

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The Pelham Planning Board held a public hearing to discuss a zoning amendment which may be proposed at a Special Town Meeting, the date of which will be set by the Pelham Board of Selectmen.  This Planning Board public hearing took place on May 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Pelham Municipal Center, 6 Village Green, Pelham, New Hampshire.  The proposed amendments were as follows:


  1. DRAFT changes to the Pelham Zoning Ordinance, Article IX Senior and Elderly Housing;
    1. Eliminates provisions allowing 55+ housing but preserves 62+ Elderly housing, Assisted Living and Congregate Care developments;
    2. increases required land area from 10,000 to 15,000 sq. ft. of usable land per unit;
    3. increases buffers to abutting properties from 50 to 100 feet with discretion given to the Planning Board to require additional buffering;
    4. requires all units to be fully ADA compliant;
    5. requires a club house for stand-alone and duplex Elderly Housing developments.
    6. the areas affected by this proposed zoning amendment are the (R) Residential district, (RU) Rural district, (B 1-4) Business districts 1-4, (B-5) Business district 5, and possibly the (MUZD) Mixed-Use Zoning district.

The Planning Board voted to approve these changes. Copies of the proposed amendments are available at the Planning Department and Clerk's Office, Town Hall, 6 Village Green during normal business hours and from the Town of Pelham website CLICK HERE.






Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Jeff Gowan Planning Director 603-635-7811
Jennifer Hovey Planner / Zoning Administrator 603-508-3085
Sandra Dufresne Planning Office Manager 603-508-3086
John Lozowski Code Compliance Officer 603-508-3095