Article 9 streamlines the definition of “Student Residence” in the zoning ordinance, encouraging students to live near other students in higher density areas of Hanover, thereby preserving the current character of residential neighborhoods and reducing traffic, noise, and other nuisances.
The present definition of “Student Residence” is vague and has become highly politicized and misused by landowners. This has resulted in decreased investment, increased tax abatement requests, and multiple incidents of student flophouses being created in quiet rural neighborhoods of Hanover.
The concentration of students housing has been exported farther afield into lower density zones, diminishing neighborhood character. Increased noise, nuisance, traffic and safety concerns have arisen in quiet neighborhoods that are not conducive to dense student occupancy.
The lack of clarity has caused substantial litigation between landowners and the Town, and created considerable impediments to investment and property upgrades because people are hesitant to commit money to improve property in uncertain environments.
This uncertainty has created significant adverse results, including the removal of convenient and affordable housing options for students. Clarity is in the interest of all parties involved. This petitioned amendment to the zoning ordinance achieves this goal and creates a level playing field for all landowners and complies in all respects to the 2003 Master Plan.
WHERE CAN I FIND THE 2003 MASTER PLAN FOR THE TOWN OF HANOVER
Article 9 facilitates the concentration of present and future student housing into the Institution Zone better maintaining safety, order, and neighborhood character. Read more
*- New Definition to be placed in Article III, Section 302 Student Residence (Institutional District and where allowed as a permitted use or by special exception): A building designed for residential student occupancy, which may include individual living units with social rooms and kitchen facilities for any number of students.
Article 9 is the last item on the ballot. Please vote “YES”
This proposal is neutral to core principle #1 and greatly enhances the achievement of core principles #2, 3,4,5,6, and 7 of the 2003 Adopted Master Plan
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Concentrating student residences into safe, legal and densely situated zones preserves and respects both the distinctive qualities of the urban and rural parts of Hanover.
Urban concentration benefits from the presence of students who frequent downtown business establishments, use conveniently located commercial facilities such as banks and entertainment venues, and generally socialize nearby with other students. Stress will be relieved on lower density neighborhoods by removing the well-known flophouses and underground societies that exist in otherwise quiet residential neighborhoods, decreasing traffic, noise, nuisance and neighborhood deterioration.
Future growth will be managed by specifically encouraging student housing growth near to where other student housing already exists.
The clear ability to manage growth through positive expansion in the right neighborhoods will reduce incentives to push student housing to where it is not wanted. Allowing student housing to be created and improved by the investment community will decrease the likelihood of land monopolization by the few major landowners and will increase competitive pressure on rents, improving affordability. Landlords who invest in upgraded facilities will be rewarded by the market and landlords who do not will be penalized by diminished rental interest.
As stated in #3, above, a competitive market environment of landlords vying for student housing tenants will force unit quality to improve and prices to decrease.
Affordability and investment will be concentrated in the more urbanized sections of the Town, where water and sewer services are already existent and available. Student housing in a competitive environment within these regions will obviate the needs for new roads, schools or other municipal infrastructure.
Dense student housing within the urban segment of town will place larger amounts of Town residents within walking distance of substantial outdoor recreation destinations, without requiring any additional town investment and without causing reliance on automobile transportation
Concentration of student housing nearby to local commercial, entertainment, recreational, educational and medical facilities, as well as the facilities of the College, will achieve the goal of decreasing traffic and making for a more walkable Town.
Of additional note, decreased student presence in rural and less-dense residential neighborhoods will cause a commensurate decrease in vehicular traffic, especially late-night traffic.
Clarity achieved via this amendment will restore balance and allow all landowner and residents, including the College and private landowners, to receive fair and equal consideration under the law.
Recent ambiguity has caused the balance between community and campus to be lost, forcing the Town to take sides between the College and private landowners. The Town’s stated goal of not allowing itself to be dominated by the College will be achieved.
No. Building Codes and Fire Safety are governed by New Hampshire Statutes as well as Town Codes. Furthermore, it will help to remedy the substantial increase in unsafe housing arrangements throughout the Town that have been caused by large numbers of students overfilling rented single family homes and small apartment units.
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