Developers urged to think outside the box in Nashua
While traditional zoning guidelines have segregated individuals and neighborhoods, there is a newer land development concept aimed at mixing residential, commercial, retail and business uses, according to Alan Manoian, an expert on the form-based codes philosophy.
Manoian believes that all of the downtown blocks behind Main Street — on both the west side and east side — could flourish using the model. It features small neighborhoods of various building heights with shops, offices and housing, with sidewalks and greenery.
“It would really advance urban lifestyles in Nashua,” Manoian said.
He said form-based codes would help integrate public housing into the community with market-rate units.
Although Main Street is high-end, the downtown blocks behind Main Street are not, Manoian said.
“Nashua isn’t there yet,” he said.
If city officials decide to adopt form-based codes in Nashua, it would take about nine months to create the regulations, according to Manoian.
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