Letter to Editor —
I am writing to express opposition to the Neighborhood Overlay District (NOD) proposed zoning change which will be voted on at Marion’s town meeting on May 16 or 17. Although the stated aims of preserving the character of Marion and preventing “sprawl” development would likely appeal to any Marion resident, I firmly believe that the proposed NOD has the potential to do the opposite.
Re-zoning for higher density housing along Route 105 and Route 6 has the potential to bring many more students into the ORR school system, significantly raising school costs and increasing the strain on Marion’s already-strapped school budget. Currently, the total school costs comprise about 70 percent of the Town of Marion’s budget.
At Marion Planning Board meetings, I have voiced concerns about costs to the town of increased student numbers due to the NOD, especially when combined with the influx of students from the large 40B affordable housing development which we now know is moving forward, adjacent to the NOD.
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