Pinardville planning group completes its draft project
At the committee’s Aug. 27 meeting, members made final corrections to the document, reflecting some residents’ comments and clarifying parking areas, biking paths and types of proposed housing. The changes include removing a drawing of the area the committee referred to as Cote’s Corner, now called “Pinardville Gateway at Cote’s Corner.”
The committee agreed to make the area more generic, providing a welcoming gateway to town without interfering with existing properties. The committee also removed the Innovation District concept, which covered the St. Anselm College property.
The next step is a Planning Board review on Sept. 12 and acceptance of Plan Pinardville into the Goffstown master plan for future guidance on how the town could be economically and physically developed.
The Plan Pinardville Committee has been meeting since January to develop a proposed master plan to promote mixed-use development in town. The committee also held a series of public workshops and brainstorming events in May called Planapalooza for Pinardville.
The plan has met resistance from several residents, who voiced concerns about increased taxes and traffic, eminent domain and changes to their community’s lifestyle.
Others expressed concern over acceptance of a New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority grant, which some say will force the town to add low-income housing to Goffstown, if the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is allowed to get involved in the plan. Grant money was given by HUD to the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority, which provided grants to individual towns, said Greg Carson, field officer for HUD in Manchester, at the Aug. 19 Board of Selectmen’s meeting.
Upon Marts’ resignation, Rose said: “It’s sad that it got to this point. People who were trying to do good for this town basically got bombarded with comments that they were doing unethical things. How are we going to get anything done if we’re going to get bombarded with negativity?”
“I don’t think the town would take any property by eminent domain,” he said. “We would have to prove there’s a public need. We can’t say we’re taking your corner or property and take it by eminent domain. That would be very difficult for us to embark on that path, and it’s not our intent.”
An example of public need, he said, would be constructing a sewer line to connect to 2,000 new houses, which is not the case.
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