An Assessment of Urban Sustainable Structures in Keene NH - USA: A focus on Thompson Road Low-Impact, Sustainable Subdivision Keene, New Hampshire - 42°55'03.6"N 72°14'24.6"W

Authors: Aperr Naadzenga*, Antioch University New England
Topics: Human-Environment Geography, Environmental Science, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: Sustainability, Climate Impact Assessment, Urban Structures
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Presentation File: Download


This study conducted the professional assessments and recommendations for a proposed subdivision development located at lot 150, Thompson Road, Keene, New Hampshire. It is our recommendation, based on our observations and research, that a 5.51 acre subdivision, with nine 0.61 acre lots can be built within the areas outlined in the development map. It is recommended that development be limited to this area due to considerable development restrictions on other areas of the parcel such as: extreme topography, limited access, valuable wildlife habitat, and soil suitability for foundation excavation. Throughout this report, low-impact development principles were integrated into the recommendations. These include soil compaction minimization, minimal total disturbance, natural water flow protection, riparian buffers preservation, other sensitive corridor conservation accompanied by integrative approaches to reduce impervious surfaces while supporting groundwater recharge.
This parcel is currently zoned as “Rural” but it is our recommendation that the zoning board of appeals is petitioned to be re-zoned as Conservation Low-Density Residential (CRD-LDR), to accommodate the subdivided lots as described in this report. An access road will provide ingress and egress to the development site which originates near the end of Thompson Road. An easement or right-of-way application is pivotal to this proposal implementation. All other options meet considerable regulatory obstacles which were beyond the scope of this report. As proposed, each .61 acre parcel will feature a 50’ x 75’ three-bedroom, single-family dwelling and a 10’ x 15’ outdoor patio with walkway.

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