Chester, NH

Chester’s age-friendly subdivision law grew from a public outreach campaign that identified a lack of housing options for young people and downsizing seniors. These age-friendly neighborhoods are envisioned to consist of smaller, affordable, lowmaintenance homes for all people regardless of age, ability, or disability. The ordinance allows single-family and duplex developments on lots of at least 12 acres. Density is based on 1.75 acres per single-family home and 2.5 acres per duplex, with a maximum of 10 units in each subdivision. These rules are significantly more permissive and consume less land than Chester’s conventional subdivision rules. Housing must meet universal design standards for accessibility, and each unit can have no more than two bedrooms.