Village Activity Centers
Activity centers provide services, goods, jobs, and a sense of community and identity for each neighborhood. Keene already has a number of village activity centers in each neighborhood; ranging in scale from the stand-alone neighborhood store to a grouping of uses, such as a hardware store, food market or deli, professional offices, laundromats, etc. Where possible, these activity areas should be strengthened through redevelopment to provide more neighborhood amenities within walking distance (1/4-mile radius) from homes and appropriately suited to the neighborhood's needs. Zoning in these neighborhoods should be reviewed not only for residential density analysis to ensure a walkable environment, but also to create opportunity for appropriately scaled neighborhood activity centers to establish and thrive. Use of RSA 79-E, a state statute that allows municipalities to offer tax incentives for economic development through building redevelopment, should be explored.