Mansfield Holding Hearing On Number Of Student Residences Mid Summer

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"On July 25th the Mansfield Town Council will be voting on changes in the language in the rental ordinances. All of the Mansfield rental ordinances are designed to restrict the number of students residing in their neighborhoods."

Below is a link to sign a petition to have the hearing pushed back until students are back in school to be able to voice their opinions to the town council:


www.thepetitionsite.com/129/079/778/uconn-students-should-have-say-on-mansfield-rental-regulations/?taf_id=27417224&cid=fb_na#bbfb=546733603
 
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Unless the referenced students are legally registered to vote in Mansfield, their opinions fall way down the totem pole. Actual registered voters likley hold sway, yet property owners of any significant financial size will likely roll out some legal representatives. Students from other towns? Absent existing leases at best, they have limited influence.
 

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Unless the referenced students are legally registered to vote in Mansfield, their opinions fall way down the totem pole. Actual registered voters likley hold sway, yet property owners of any significant financial size will likely roll out some legal representatives. Students from other towns? Absent existing leases at best, they have limited influence.
There's surprisingly more students registered to vote in Mansfield than you'd think. Every year on campus there's huge "register to vote" pushes made by student groups. I know at least 10 of my friends who were registered to vote in Mansfield in the 2012 presidential election that were from other parts of CT/the country. But yeah obviously your point stands.
 

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The town of Mansfield would be nothing without the University. The school is your economy.

Move the schools and make Storrs a separate entity (i.e. State College) and let these nimby bums sweat it out.
 
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The people of Mansfeld wouldn't know a good thing if it smacked them right in the face. Their livelihoods depend on the school yet they treat the University and its persons like second class citizens.
 

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looks like this is leading to some issues (who saw that coming)...

Apartment development moratorium could be turning point for off-campus housing

Mansfield’s ongoing moratorium on multi-family housing developments could result in significant policy changes for off-campus students, said Undergraduate Student Government president Dan Byrd.

The Mansfield Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a nine-month moratorium on apartment complex development applications on Tuesday. The moratorium is designed to give the commission time to update existing multi-family housing regulations to align with the town’s plan of conservation and development, committee member Kenneth Rawn said at the meeting.

Attorneys Susan Hays and Jeffrey Resetco, representing housing developers Wilmorite and EdR respectively, told the commission the moratorium could delay construction of new multi-family housing in the Mansfield area by up to two years.


There's an opportunity here to provide nice, new, modern of campus housing for students while allowing for families and professors to move into the single family homes that students currently occupy if the town handles this right. Allowing more than 3 (in some cases 4) people who are unrelated to live in a house/condo would solve a lot of issues IMO.
 

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More background on recent moratorium from Mansfield regarding of campus housing: Mansfield approves nine-month moratorium on multi-family housing development

The Mansfield Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to pass a nine month moratorium on new multi-family housing development Tuesday evening.

Beginning Sept. 12, the commission will not receive applications to establish or expand multi-family housing development in Mansfield for a period of up to nine months. The commission suggested the moratorium to give themselves time to update the town’s multi-family housing regulations to align with its Plan of Conservation and Development without having to consider new applications, said director of planning and development Linda Painter at a Sept. 6 public hearing at Mansfield Town Hall.

If the commission is able to update the regulations in less than nine months, the moratorium may be ended early, Painter said.

The moratorium could delay construction of a new apartment complex at the former Huskies location on King Hill Road by up to two years, said spokesperson Susan Hays on behalf of Wilmorite, the project’s developer. The new development, which has not been approved under the commission’s current regulations, would allow students to rent individual rooms in two, three or four bedroom apartments.
 
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Ex-Huskies space as apartment site: Even including the parking lot, my vague recollection is the space would not allow for a very large building plot. Skyscraper?
 
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9 months moratorium? So hold until June and discuss the results in July when those meddlesome kids won't be in town?
The Mansfield residents will do whatever they can to stunt the growth of UConn.

They were against the downtown and now they don't want to move EO Smith because the students and parents like the downtown so much

They're a bunch of entitled little s
 

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Planning and Zoning Commission to receive public feedback about proposed changes to zoning regulations

The Town of Mansfield’s Planning and Zoning Commission will soon receive public feedback about a proposed change to zoning regulations regarding fraternities and sororities in particular.

In the near future, the commission will also hear public input about a proposed extension to the current moratorium on multi-unit housing development. The moratorium is in place as the commission’s Regulatory Review Committee continues to rework multi-unit housing zoning regulations.

At their meeting Monday night the commission passed a motion scheduling a public hearing for Monday, May 1 about the suggested change to zoning regulations regarding fraternities and sororities. The commission then passed another motion that set an additional public hearing for Monday, May 1, regarding the proposed moratorium extension.

The proposed amendment to the zoning regulations would revamp the definitions of dormitory, family and fraternity/sorority house in the zoning regulations, director of planning and development Linda Painter said. It also expands the term “fraternity/sorority” to “fraternal organization,” she added.

“With regard to the definitions of fraternity and sorority, the intent here is to really broaden these terms to capture more than the current regulations,” Painter said. “Our definition of fraternity and sorority currently is limited to organizations or fraternities and sororities that are recognized by the University of Connecticut or Eastern Connecticut State University.”
 

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A clarification on Mansfield zoning ordinances

The Town-University Relations Committee recently discussed updated zoning regulations, which limit fraternal organizations in hosting off-campus events.

This particular update, presented under the Definitions section of Article IV of the Zoning Regulations packet, states that the criteria for a “Fraternal Organization” “includes, but is not limited to social, service and professional/academic organizations.”

Student organizations at the University of Connecticut such as the Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Undergraduate Student Government (USG) have taken issue with the broad nature of this definition.

IFC president Ryan Cunniff said he feels “the rest of the student organizations at UConn are willing to find a more reasonable solution, one that incorporates all members of the community.”

A spokesperson from USG’s External Affairs committee Colin Mortimer said that USG would like to “make sure that this is not an ordinance that’s going to be abused in the future.”

However, the expansion of the aforementioned definition of a “Fraternal Organization” to cover a broad array of student-run organizations does not necessarily mean it will be enforced in ways the students have interpreted Article IV, as Janell Mullen, Mansfield’s Assistant Planner and Zoning Enforcement Officer said:

“We’re not taking away civil liberties, it's zoning, it’s a land use tool; I think that the way it’s applied is very reasonable. Zoning violations come to my attention based on complaint. Maybe a big party that gets reported to the police will receive a notice of violation for fraternal activity off-campus, but I don’t foresee a neighbor complaining about the honors club meeting at a property,” Mullen said.
 

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