Master Plan update: Citywide ‘Planapalooza’, art contest and table discussions

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MANCHESTER, NH – Now until June 2020, there will be an ongoing planning process that will involve community outreach, citizen discussion groups, various data collection methods, and the analysis of the ex­isting conditions of the City, all of which will result in a citywide vision created by residents of the city.

Community Planning Event: Sept. 12-17 at the Penstock Room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester. See Schedule below.

It is imperative to the process that we include as much public comment and outreach as possible, for the best possible outcome of this update. In Manchester, we know big ideas can spring from small conversations and people invest in what they help create. When we come together as a community to listen to and learn from each other, we have the power to impact both neighbor­ hoods and lives.

So please join us as we work together to prepare a Master Plan that will protect and enhance Manchester and set a clear vision for the future. Can’t make it to an event or want to stay updated throughout the process? No problem! Stay connected by visiting regularly to follow project updates, see upcoming events, join the art contest and to share your thoughts, ideas and aspirations for Manchester under the ‘Tell Us What You Think’ tab or email.

Meeting schedule is here.

On the Table Discussions

From now until September 10, we invite you and your families, neighbors, colleagues, and friends –   old and new –   to pull up a chair, gather around a table, and discuss the ways in which we – as individuals and as a collective – can improve the quality of life and economic vitality in Manchester.

The invitation list is up to you – and the conversation can be hosted anywhere. Discussions are intended to be small and casual. Get together in a setting that is convenient for you! Before the conversation, make sure to visit to submit a Host Form and download the Host Toolkit with everything you need, including a conversation guide and suggested conversation prompts.

Planapalooza September 12-17

When it comes to knowing where the concerns, issues, and opportunities are around the city, the people that live, work, and visit Manchester are the best people to tum to. For that reason, we need you! Join the Planning & Community Development Department staff and Master Plan Consultants, TPUDC September 12 – 17 for a Planapalooza!

A Planapalooza is a thorough, participatory design and public input process where you are invited to work directly with your neighbors, fellow business owners, and a multidisciplinary consulting team. The entire process is open to the public starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 12 through Tuesday, September 17. So please join us as we work together to prepare a Master Plan that will protect and enhance Manchester and set a clear vision for the future (see attached schedule/ poster for more information).

Art Contest

Super Manchester submitted by Anderson Brock, Age 7.

Is there an artist in you? If so, bring out that artistic side… and share with us what you like about Manchester! Everyone is invited to participate and win great priz­es. Two ways you can participate:

  • Take a PHOTO… of your favorite building, park or space in Manchester (see below for size specifications)
  • DRAW or PAINT… a picture of your vision for a future Manchester (see below for size specifications)

ONLY one entry per person per category. *DEADLINE for submissions is September 11

The WINNERS will be decided by YOU! All entries will be displayed in the Planapalooza Studio space at the DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown (700 Elm Street) from September 12 to September 17. Voting will open September 12, 2019 in-person at the Planapaloo­za Studio and on Winners will be announced on September 17, 2019 during the Planapalooza Closing Event.


One City Hall Plaza, Manchester, NH 03101

All entries are due by September 11, 2019.

Contest Specifications:

All digital entries must be 10 megabytes or smaller, must be in JPEG or .jpg format, and must be at least 1,600 pixels wide (if a horizontal image) or 1,600 pixels tall (if a vertical image). Photos may be 4×6, 5×7 or 8×10 inches. Drawings or paintings should be no larger than 8.5×11 inches.

Click here for submission guide, to see current submissions and more general information.