Rye Community Design Charrette

Thank you to the individuals who donated their time, energy, and expertise for this charrette. And to all the community members who shared their insights about Rye.

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Illustrations Courtesy of Rye Community Charrette

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Why did Plan NH come to Rye?

In December of 2018, the Town of Rye (the “Town”) submitted an application

for a Plan NH Community Design Charrette. The Plan NH Charrette Committee

accepted the application.


The Town was seeking assistance to evaluate “its Town Center for its best uses in meeting the needs of its citizens” and to “help it formulate a comprehensive and cohesive plan for the Rye Town Center.”

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What the Community Told Plan NH

Two public listening sessions were held during the afternoon and evening of Friday, May 30th. The sessions served as an opportunity for the public to share their comments and ideas about the Village Center.

What do you see?

  • Quaint, quintessential, HISTORIC town center
  • Feels good!
  • A place to get things done (LIBRARY, town offices/administration, school, church)
  • Parson’s Field and Green Spaces ˯˯Incredible resource so close to the town

What do you want to see?

  • Keeping that quintessential, HISTORIC town center
  • NO franchises
  • Increased, safe, and accessible pedestrian and bicycle CONNECTIVITY
  • Multi-generational community GATHERING spaces

What else do we need to know?

  • Community needs a WIN
  • Remain sensitive to taxpayer financial concerns (making sure expectations meet reality)
  • Library is considering expansion options
  • Want efficient and thoughtful re-imaging of current space use

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