Dover Waterfront Update

Dover Waterfront Update

Happy Thanksgiving!
Below is an update on the waterfront real estate development project in Dover.
Courtesy of the town Offices
Welcome to the 13th edition of the waterfront newsletter.  Since our last newsletter in September the Cochecho Waterfront Development Advisory Committee (CWDAC), our consultants Union Studio and city staff have been working diligently to move the waterfront planning process forward.
Much of our effort has been in developing the final design for the waterfront park.  A number of issues have to be taken into account.  These include the effect of sea level rise as well environmental constraints such as those posed by sensitive intertidal species that were discovered during the natural resource survey of the intertidal area.  A Park Design Subcommittee has been appointed by CWDAC to work with our consultants to come up with a preferred design.  We are fortunate to have members of CWDAC on this committee who are highly qualified landscape designers.  The subcommittee has met several times including a meeting with key stakeholders to ensure broad input into the final design.  See below for more on this process.
In addition, to the park design process, our consultants have been working diligently on putting together the necessary documents and applications for permitting.  We will need to obtain permits for dock construction, park design and construction, and site grading to prepare the waterfront site for development.  We will also need to have a approved permits for partial removal of the bluff.  We have had several pre-permitting meetings with numerous state and federal agencies to ensure that the eventual permit process goes as efficiently and smoothly as possible.
We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Dec. 20 when we will have a discussion with Union Studio and the Park Design Subcommittee about the status of the park design as well as a more detailed overall conceptual site plan for the waterfront.

Your Chairman,