Is Rindge going in right direction?

To the editor:

This is c oncerning the Rindge Charrette, now known as the Overlay Zoning District or Crossroads Overlay District — a suggested overlay to the Gateway Central District otherwise known as the four corners of Route 119 and 202. According to the PlanNH Charrette, the four corners are comprised of 45.5 acres.

One goal is to psychologically bring Franklin Pierce University closer to the new town center. Residents should know that the Planning Board’s discussions have evolved to include the entire Gateway Central District, all three village districts; East, West and the Historic Town Center, and the College District. This involves hundreds, possibly thousands of acres. Proposed articles were presented at a public hearing on Monday at the Rec Center.

One article involves the creation of the Overlay District (Rindge Charrette); two articles involve lot size modification and another eliminates all residential impact fees. The discussions on modification of the lot size for all of the districts listed above have been to reduce the lot size from the current requirement of two acres for single-family, three acres for two-family and multi-family requires no less than two acres per dwelling, down to a 1 acre lot, whether business or residential and whether the use is for a single-family, two-family or multi-family unit.

The one-acre lots will remain mixed use, with one difference — business will be encouraged to add residential units above, with the desired goal of density and tight clustering of housing and business. Reducing lot size from two acres to one will stimulate growth and create the dense, tight clustering that the PlanNH professional planners are seeking, and change the character and landscape of Rindge, as well as impact our roads, town services and schools without the benefit of impact fees.

This type of growth will benefit FPU, builders, real estate, bankers, lawyers, etc. However, is this growth the type of growth that Rindge residents want?

Cheryl McCabe Charron


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