Why Plan?

Each generation’s contributions enrich the legacy of the Monadnock Region and the Keene community. This Comprehensive Master Plan (the plan) embodies the community’s vision of how the city and region could and should be for future generations. At its most precise, it identifies actions that can be used to achieve that vision. The plan is a guide to assist the community and city government in making the right decisions to move the community forward toward a more sustainable Keene.

The future described in the community vision cannot be achieved all at once. Over the life of the plan, change will occur more quickly or slowly – and in different ways than originally anticipated. Every circumstance influencing the community cannot be accurately predicted. But a flexible plan allows decision makers to accommodate a range of likely and unlikely circumstances, while still keeping sight of the community's goals and vision for the future.