By Jeffrey Tate – Goffstown NH
Do you own a Goffstown home in zoning district R-1 or R-2?
Are town sewer and water available on or near your road?
If so, multifamily developments (meaning 3 or more unit apartments) are allowed in your neighborhood with a special exception.
What does that mean? The biggest hurdle that an application faces is whether or not the proposed multifamily “fits” in your neighborhood. The ZBA makes that decision- and depending on who is on the board the definition of what “fits” can be drastically different than what you as a homeowner believes.
What does NOT have to be discussed is whether a proposed multifamily building would reduce the property values in your neighborhood. A variance application has to address that but a special exception does not!
What town petition warrant article #5 proposes is that a minimum lot size of three acres should be required to construct a multifamily development. The last multifamily development in zone R-2 was Crosswinds at the end of Larch St which was 5.5 acres. Highwood Villlage on St Anselm Drive sits on just under 10 acres, and Timberwood off Mast Road is around 20 acres. A larger parcel allows for appropriate development of facilities and does not detract as much as shoehorning in apartment buildings on small lots between existing houses.
Zones R-1 & R-2 are predominantly single family and we believe they should remain that way- not only to continue to attract buyers with a sense of community to Goffstown but to maintain the property values that these areas enjoy over similar neighborhoods right next door in Manchester.
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Remember to vote YES ON #5 on March 10, 2015 from 7am – 7pm!