A residential development on the Rose Farm property would negatively impact the livability and safety of the adjacent neighborhood and the style of development is at odds with the historic character of in-town Exeter.
Traffic & Safety: The proposed dead-end cul de sac style development would be accessed through a single access point and would require a new road to be created at the corner of Forest and Wadleigh Streets. This would turn the current pedestrian and family-friendly neighborhood, with narrow local roads and no sidewalks, into a high traffic thoroughfare. No other major subdivision in Exeter is accessed off of a local road.
Architectural Design & Layout: Human behaviors are influenced and shaped by the design of houses, roads and the layout of neighborhoods. We can encourage or discourage interactions with neighbors with the placement of a garage door or a front entrance. We can encourage people to speed or to drive cautiously by the shape, length and width of a street. Uniform developments—like the one being proposed—foster isolation, discourage diversity and increase car dependence.
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