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Intru t1_ja8if4g wrote

Ok, the conclusion here is we don't like companies building housing for their employees, I have conflicting thoughts on this as well and not particularly comfortable with it. Can we then remove exclusionary zoning so that it's easier for non-companies to build housing? Can we allow people to have low density mix use, i want corner pubs and grocers! Can we push for a elimination of the detach single family home mandates, and all it's associate mandates that increase housing cost through limiting type and supply, and that increases municipal infrastructure cost through the growth of suburban sprawl? Can we focused on better public transit to increase the possibility of having mobility options, vehicles are the second most expensive thing a family has to pay for after housing. Can we stop moving our municipal services out of the city/town core just because it's cheaper to buy a farm plot and put a highschool out in the edge of town? Service spread is a way of guaranteeing that those who can afford to move around through cars are the only ones that get access to a service. While also increasing infrastructure sprawl and the cost associated with this on a municipal level.


GraniteGeekNH OP t1_ja8ukmm wrote

You covered everything! I hope you attend public meetings and/or run for local office.


Intru t1_ja90r8o wrote

Thank you. I do go to as many as I can here in Portsmouth and although I do more transportation advocacy my background is in housing and urban studies.


the_nobodys t1_ja8p5bn wrote

Great points grounded in real-world policy and living! Wish you had made half as many posts as TowerBard did...


FaustusC t1_jaaeaur wrote

"Let's make NH like Boston and not like NH" Yeah, no thank you. Please.


Intru t1_jaakpvy wrote

How so? A simple look at suburban Boston and most of NH zoning regulations and you'll find them similar, the same, or actually more restrictive than here. Density of the geographic scale your imagining is not happening anytime soon here, and the type of development you are probably in visioning are the 5 over 1 condo typology. This is already legal in a lot of municipalities here in the 30% or 20% of residential land that allows for any type of multi-family home. It's the only type of multi-family that current zoning and building codes make profitable and so it's the only one that gets built. These is why there's a fear of density.

Let's talk about softer density. Things like duplexes and triplexes, small mixed use building, two or three stories. Lot size, floor area, and building footprint maximums, that manages scale and mass, instead of minimums that promotes larger out of scale buildings. Form base codes, instead of prescriptive ones so we can have a guiding principal of good scale and measured growth. All these where common once in NH (except maximums and form base codes, those are a new idea that attempt to correct the scale and mass issue in modern building development), before suburbs that's how we build, lots of old town centers still have these type of buildings, this is what give them their traditional New England look. But most wouldn't allow them to be build today. We have zoned them out of feasibility. We need to look around and say maybe we should allow them again, near our towns and cities cores, infill empty lots and underutilized parking lots that where ment for storing vehicles for suburbanite growth that never materialize after the economic bust in the late 1900s and the de-investment in smaller cities and towns. If we truly don't want to look like Boston and it's endless sprawl this is what we need to do, allow our towns to grow inwards instead of outwards.

Let's talk about public transit, we need to start serving ourselves. There's this perception that public transit is just for getting to Boston, the dreaded T extension! Some of our communities could use internally focused transit that is reliable, frequent, and practical. Say Portsmouth or Dover, instead of just COAST running routes between towns only and tryin to catch everything in a few lines, which makes service tedious and not practical. We need loop routes that serve the neighborhoods and brings people to services and goods in short intervals under 15 to 20 minutes. Something that is more than feasible in smaller cities like these two. With simpler commuter lines that go between cities and meet the loop buses at different stops or a central stop.