Nov 12, 2015 2:01 PM

Nashua adjusts zoning to pave the way for rail in the future

NASHUA - One of the city's development districts has been amended to allow for passenger rail, with two sites identified for potential rail stations.

"When and if rail comes along, we are preparing for the devel­opment pressures that will come along with it the best way we can and encouraging the economic po­tential around those sites as best we can," the city's commu­nity development director, Sarah Marchant, told The Telegraph.

Aldermen last month amended the existing transit-oriented development (TOD) zoning district created in 2005 to include rail.

"It's just like the mixed-use district, but it has slight­ly different standards, to encourage redevelopment of the land around a transit center that would be transit-oriented," Marchant told alder­men.

Extending rail from Massachusetts into southern New Hampshire, potentially all the way to Manchester, has long been discussed. Lawmakers did not allocate funding for the project in the most recent budget but have set up a study committee to explore alternative funding sources.

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