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Grant will assist in planning for the future of Pinardville

The town is seeking input from residents and business owners in Pinardville as it begins a new community planning project in the area.

The town has received a $50,000 New Hampshire Community Planning Grant for the two-year project that will result in the creation and adoption of the Pinardville Sustainable Community Plan, said Assistant Town Administrator Derek Horne.

“We’re hoping that the process leads to a more sustainable, more livable Pinardville,” he said.

The grant money will pay for a consultant,who will meet with Pinardville residents and business owners to get feedback on what the needs are in the area, Horne said.

“We are trying to get people from Pinardville to drive this effort,” he said.

Selectman Scott Gross said the plan will address a wide range of issues in the area, and that one of Pinardville’s unique features is its mix of businesses and residents.

“Pinardville is one of the economic engines of our town, but it has some pretty vibrant neighborhoods as well,” he said.

According to information provided on the grant application, the goal is support the unique character of the area while creating more mixed-use zoning.

“Pinardville is in sore need of better regulations that will focus on creating the flexibility needed for mixed use, compact development, and more transportation options, while supporting more active, healthy, and socially engaged lifestyles,” the application read.

The plan will incorporate the principles of Smart Growth developed by the state in 2003, and will be consistent with the town’s master plan, adopted in 2006.

Its goal is to include in its zoning a mix of uses to incorporate a variety of housing, employment, shopping, social and economic opportunities in Pinardville, while fostering its traditional character.

With varying zones in the area, especially in the Mast Road corridor, Horne said, “it doesn’t allow for a whole lot of mixed use.”

Older master plans called for community planning in the Goffstown Village and Pinardville, Horne said, and while the village has seen some of the results of that planning, “that same effort never materialized in Pinardville.”

In addition to business owners and residents, the town is seeking representation from the school district, St. Anselm College and other town boards, including the Board of Selectmen, the Planning Board and the Economic Development Council.

“This is an opportunity for people to say what they want that part of town to look like,” said Gross.

“We’re looking at trying to gain a wide variety of opinions on how they want to shape Pinardville for decades to come.”

Those interested in participating can complete a volunteer application online, or can contact Derek Horne at Town Hall.

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