The City of Dover is considering expanding its form based/context sensitive zoning currently in place in the Central Business District, onto the major gateways that feed into the City’s urban core. The goal of the project is to ensure that these gateways support and nurture the downtown and provide opportunities for robust growth and a mixture of uses.

The following gateways will be studied:

o Portland Avenue: East from Chapel Street to the Rollinsford town line (A on map)
o Broadway: East from Ham Street to the Rollinsford town line (B on map)
o Central Avenue South Section: North from Ham Street towards Abbey Sawyer Memorial Highway (C on map)
o Sixth Street: West from Grove Street towards Hillside Drive (D on map)
o Silver Street: East from Exit 8 off the Spaulding Turnpike to Central Avenue (E on map)
o Central Avenue South Section: North from the intersection with Birchwood Place towards Silver Street (F on map)

The end result of the project – a new zoning framework for the subject gateways – must reflect the values, concerns, and aspirations of Dover’s residents, business owners, and property owners. Therefore, community involvement in this process is key.

In addition to a series of design charrettes planned to be held in February 2013, and a series of public hearings to consider and discuss any new proposed regulations, we are seeking the public’s input through the brief survey you are about to complete. The responses will be collected, analyzed, and presented to the Planning Board together with any draft regulations. We thank you very much for your time and effort - your input is greatly appreciated!

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Tim Corwin, Assistant City Planner, by phone at (603) 516-6008 or by e-mail at


* 1. Have you watched the introductory video about context sensitive zoning on channel 22 or OnDemand online? Here is the web address for the video .

* 2. Please describe the nature of your connection with Dover (please check all that apply):

* 3. Which gateway are you most connected to?
Note: even if you do not live, own property or own a business along or near any of these gateways, please choose the gateway that you use the most or that you are most interested in improving and keep that gateway in mind in completing the remainder of the survey.

* 4. Please name a landmark or building (preferably in Dover) that resembles the look and feel you want on your gateway? Why did you pick this landmark?

* 5. Please describe some types of development you would NOT want to see along your gateway?

* 6. Are you happy with the current look and feel of your gateway?

* 7. How do you feel about the current level of development along your gateway?

* 8. Do you feel there is an appropriate balance between commercial and residential uses along your gateway?

* 9. What are some of the uses you would like to see less or more of along your gateway?

  More Less Same/Neutral
Public Park Lands
Public Recreation Facilities
Arts and Cultural Facilities
Traditional Neighborhood (e.g. streets that intersect, limited use of cul-de-sacs)
Mixed Uses (projects combining two or more uses)
Specialty Retail
Everyday Retail
Transit Oriented Development (developing commercial and housing focused at mass transportation nodes, e.g. the Dover transportation center)
Single Family Detached Housing
Single Family Attached Housing
Residential Rental (1 to 6 units)
Office Space
Age Restricted Housing
Residential Rental (Larger Complexes)
Hotel and Lodging
Luxury Rentals

* 10. How do you feel about the sizes of lots along your gateway?

* 11. Are buildings set back too far from the road in your gateway?

* 12. What modes of transportation do you use on these gateways?

* 13. What improvements need to be made for you to use modes of transportation you are not currently using (check all that apply)?

* 14. Does your gateway have adequate sidewalks?

* 15. How do you view the amount of vehicles travelling on your gateway?

* 16. How do you view speed of traffic on your gateway?

* 17. Would you prefer to live on a street with or without street trees?

* 18. What do you think are the best ways for us to outreach to Dover residents to gain additional feedback on this project? Please check all that apply.

* 19. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Public involvement is crucial to this gateway rezoning study and the City of Dover is thrilled to have your input. We would like to keep you informed of our progress and up to date regarding upcoming events related to this project. By providing your name and e-mail address below, not only will we keep you up to date on the project, but you will also be entered to win a $50.00 Downtown Dover Gift Certificate, redeemable at more than 70 locations in downtown Dover! The names of all survey participants will be entered into a hat on March 4, 2013, and the winner will be chosen at random by Christopher Parker, the Planning Director. The winner will be notified by e-mail. Thank you again for your participation in the gateway rezoning study!