Zoning Map Changes Made Due to Future Exit 4A Project

By Alex Malm

During the Nov. 16, Derry Town Council meeting the Council voted in favor of changing the zoning map to move twelve properties from the Medium-High Density Residential II to the Industrial VI District.

It was explained by Derry Town Administrator Dave Caron the Planning Board’s recommendation to do so “aligns with the Master Plan’s visions for the Gateway District and the Exit 4A Corridor and should be supported by the Council.”

Derry Planning Director George Sioras explained with the pending Exit 4A project moving forward the Planning Department staff and the Planning Board began to look at rezoning certain residential properties in the vicinity of the proposed new connector road from I-93 to Madden and Folsom Roads.

“After review by staff, the Planning Board and the Planning Board Zoning Subcommittee it was decided to rezone twelve residential properties to the Industrial VI District. These parcels are adjacent to two existing industrial/ mixed-use commercial zones and would maintain a contiguous zoning area and in keeping in character of the surrounding area of where the new connector road will be built,” Sioras said.

He said that the Planning Board held a workshop meeting on Aug. 18 and a public hearing on Oct. 20 and decided to move forward on rezoning the properties.

It was explained by Sioras that the purpose of the amendment to the zoning map is to encourage new development as well as redevelopment opportunities in the Industrial VI zoning district.

“The Ash Street Corporate Park abuts these twelve parcels. As cited in the newly adopted 2020 Master Plan, one of the recommended goals was to review this area of Town for future development opportunities created in the new Gateway District and the pending Exit 4A project,” Sioras said. “These amendments are consistent with those goals for future economic development and business expansion and growth.”

For the fiscal impact it was noted that with the anticipated future development opportunities in the Gateway District/ Exit 4A area that the Town is hopeful they will see a non-residential tax base expansion, additional revenues, and job growth.

The next Derry Town Council meeting is slated for Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.