Testimonial - Peter Frederick
“Article 9 proposes allowing everyone in the I zone, which is the neighborhoods essentially intertwined with campus, to build and manage student housing if they can meet the standard facility safety regulations set by the town. This is commonplace in many other college towns. By giving Dartmouth special veto rights, the current ordinance is achieving the opposite of the town’s stated goal of improving the life safety of its citizens. Dartmouth is effectively restricting the supply of “on campus” student housing that they do not own, but the demand from students who wish to live together remains – they are already moving out into the residential neighborhoods where Dartmouth has no oversight at all. As a result, the health and safety hazards have increased, not decreased, because when students live, socialize and drive off campus it is both a greater nuisance and health and safety risk to the community.
Zoning is not the appropriate avenue for Dartmouth to oversee student housing. Dartmouth does not and should not have the right through zoning to oversee apartments that its students rent which are owned by private individuals. From the towns perspective:
- Facility safety for student housing should be set by the planning, zoning and code enforcement office of the town and regulated through regular inspections (as is already happening).
- Student behavior, on the other hand, is more effectively managed through the enforcement of law by HPD.
- The proponents believe that the town has a legal and moral obligation to provide these services to all citizens, regardless of their status as students or I zone land owners.
- If Dartmouth needs to have more oversight, they should enforce the student handbook through the Dean’s office.
- The owners of these private houses in the I zone pay substantial town taxes, a portion of which should be used to cover safety and security services.
I IMPLORE YOU TO VOTE YES ON ARTICLE 9. PLEASE ASK YOUR FRIENDS TO DO SO TOO.”
– Peter Frederick
Dartmouth Alumni Award Winner
Former Mayor of Fenwick Island, Delaware