Bedford bites back at governor’s criticism of its lack of multifamily housing by Kimberly Houghton in the Union Leader on December 12, 2019 has printed several quotes from residents and town officials who disputed the Governor’s comments regarding housing in the town of Bedford.
“Bedford does allow some high-density construction in certain zones, but with limitations on number of units so that town services won’t be overwhelmed by a sudden influx of the population,” she said. “This makes good fiscal sense, as well as protects the property values in historical and residential areas which are mostly built up with traditional single-family homes.”
What the article fails to mention is that the cost of the units (WFH) has no bearing on the reasons residents want their numbers restricted. It wouldn’t matter to us if all of them were rented out free…
Town officials on the Council and Planning board came to the residents’ and Bedford’s defense as well, citing the number of apartment units already in existence in the town.
“It is a shame that Bedford residents and the hard-working employee and volunteer officials have become the target of some ill-informed comments on the part of the governor,” Duschatko said.
The paper also mentioned the purpose behind zoning. “Kevin Gagne of Bedford was behind several significant zoning amendments approved by voters last March. “That is called zoning, and it is a right we have as a community — to determine how our town grows,” said Gagne.
But the paper could not resist printing an inane comment from one of the developers who recently contradicted himself at a Town Council public comment session whereby he decried the possibility of more apartments in the river corridor while at the same time whining about the fact that he thought there was not enough “workforce housing”.
“Still, despite the construction, developer Bill Greiner said earlier that Bedford has built fewer than 150 workforce units since 2009, even though the deficit of workforce housing at the time was listed at 1,200 units.”
Once again WFH refers to the pricing, and the pricing is not an issue. It’s the size of the buildings, numbers of units, and inappropriate locations that are of concern, no matter the cost.