Goffstown selectmen asked to dissolve Plan Pinardville committee
GOFFSTOWN — Some residents are asking the Board of Selectmen to dissolve the Plan Pinardville Ad Hoc Committee.
At the selectmen’s meeting on Monday, state Rep. John Burt of Pinardville and resident Bill Wynne spoke against the committee’s demeanor and their inability to present sufficient information, and that some members may profit if the plan comes to fruition. They also told selectmen the town is capable of doing the work without outside interference.
Burt said if the town agrees to the Housing and Urban Development’s terms and provides more low- to middle-income housing, Goffstown will lose its authority.
“If Goffstown says we only want 34 work force housing, yet they say they want 1,000, HUD breaks the tie and we have no choice,” Burt said. “HUD has the final say on how big and how tall. It just won’t fit Pinardville.”
The town has to test rainwater drainage pipes or face a $17,000 per day fee, which, he said, is just an example of the federal government’s interference and that must be corrected.
“There’s many towns that don’t have to do that and the reason why we do is because we got into bed with the federal government,” Burt said. “We really need to look at the full picture.”
Two things would make him feel better about the plan — that eminent domain will not jeopardize residents’ homes and assurance that committee members won’t profit from development in town.
“The only way they’re going to get these projects done is eminent domain. Put in (the plan) we will not take land by eminent domain if this plan goes through,” Burt said. “Property rights is very dear to my heart.”
Wynne offered similar comments and, in particular, compared the ad hoc committee to the recent Congestion Mitigation and Air Control (CMAQ) public meeting addressing improved safety at two village streets intersecting with Mast Road. He thanked that steering committee for its work and transparency.
“When you compare the two presentations, they differ so much, and the way it’s being presented to the community it’s pretty much stuffed in our direction. Full disclosure is not given and answers are not provided to satisfaction,” said Wynne. “If the ad hoc committee was handling things the way things were being handled by the CMAQ road plan, we’d be further down the track. Get this ad hoc committee shut down.”
He suggested turning Plan Pinardville over to the town’s Planning and Zoning boards.
After the meeting, Mark Lemay, vice chairman of the Board of Selectmen, said the board will review the residents’ comments as some selectmen were unable to attend the Aug. 5 meeting.
“We would like to see the process work its way through. We need to sit down as a group and discuss what needs to be done and how the project is going to get done,” said Lemay, who also serves as the board’s representative on the ad hoc committee.
The Plan Pinardville Smart Code was presented on Aug. 5 and the board has not had a chance to review it, Lemay said. New zoning in Pinardville, called the Smart Code, is geared to help shape the future of specific sections in town. The goal is to incorporate smart growth designs to provide affordable housing and more livable areas in Pinardville, while taking the town’s character into consideration.
The Smart Code, the draft Character-Based Development Ordinance for Pinardville, is available for review at www.goffstown.com/planpinardville.
The next meeting of the Plan Pinardville Ad Hoc Committee is Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, Room 106.