“Conventional modern subdivision development with spaghetti like patterns of curving streets, cul de sacs, and dead end lanes increase municipal costs and diminish the ability of towns to provide essential public services such as fire, rescue, and police.”
-Exeter Master Plan
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Increased Taxes: The property sellers and the developers will profit from this development, while the remaining residents of Exeter will see our taxes rise as we are obligated to pay for road, sewer and sidewalk improvements in the adjacent neighborhoods, additional EMS services, and expanded waste water management facilities required to accommodate the burden imposed by this 50 acre housing development.
Cost shifting: In order to access the buildable land on this property, several bridges, a sewer pumping station and approximately 1,400 linear feet of retaining walls will need to be constructed. All of this infrastructure, in addition to the 5,000+ feet of new road, would ultimately become the property of and long term financial responsibility of the Town. These long term maintenance and replacement costs would not be paid for by the developer or the new home owners.
Loss of workforce and longtime residents: Rising property values are only useful for those who no longer wish to live in a community. For Exeter’s workforce, seniors and other long time residents, higher property values and related taxes, driven by residential developments that do not pay the full cost of their impact on the Town make Exeter unaffordable. High turnover in a community robs communities of its history and its future.
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