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Planning Board Minutes 10/01/2009
Chichester Planning Board
Minutes of Meeting
October 1, 2009

Members Present:  Chairman Thomas Jameson, Vice-Chairman Richard Moore, Richard DeBold, Kevin Mara, Stan Brehm, Richard Arell, Allan Mayville, and Secretary Jamie Pike.

Chairman Jameson opened the meeting at 6:38pm.

Pursuant to RSA 673:11, Chairman Jameson appointed Mr. Mayville as a voting member to fill a vacancy on the Board.

The minutes of September 3, 2009 were reviewed.  Corrections were made to include reference to Mr. DeBold sharing the same concerns of Mr. Brehm in regards to the scale of the plans presented for the Schreier subdivision and also of the concerns regarding the emergency meeting held on August 27th.  Other minor grammatical corrections were made.  A motion was made by Mr. Moore and seconded by Mr. Brehm to approve the minutes as corrected.  Motion passes.

Heritage Commission
Ms. Lucille and other present from the commission provided handouts explaining the history and role of the Heritage Commission.  It was expressed that they would like to be included in the preparation of the cultural resources chapter of the Master Plan.  Mr. Pike presented to those present those portions of the Master Plan pertaining to cultural resources that had been completed, as well as the responses to the survey questions.

The Board was also informed that the Historical Society had had the opportunity to tour the General Blake House on the corner of Route 4 and Main Street.  It was reported that they felt the house was worth saving with much of it historic architectural details still in place.  The house is similar to others located along the First New Hampshire Turnpike corridor.  Much background work has been completed to have the structure placed on the National Register of Historic Places.  There are imminent concerns that the building may be threatened to be demolished.

Selectman MacCleery also brought forward a preliminary proposal to develop an Agricultural Commission.  The selectmen have invited a speaker from UNH to speak regarding the necessary provisions.  A date has not yet been set.  An Agricultural Commission could work with the Planning Board to develop agricultural incentive zoning to protect certain active area.

Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission:  Impact Fee Study
Matt Monahan was present to bring forward a draft of the Impact Fee Study.  A brief synopsis of how the study was completed was presented and the initial calculations.  Also included in the report were many suggested amendments to the current zoning ordinance, site review and subdivision regulations.  Mr. Monahan requested feedback from the Board in approximately 2 weeks to be included in the final report.

Building Inspector: John Dever
Mr. Dever was present to alleviate some concerns that had been rumored that he had an agenda to persuade the Planning Board in certain matters.  Mr. Dever explained that he had no particular agenda and offered his assistance if requested as he was an experience Board member from another Town.




Design Review, Subdivision, Brent Moses, Map 2 Lot 58, Higgins Road
Web Stout, Surveyor and Brent Moses were present to speak on the merits of the application.

Mr. Pike submitted to the Board for their information a review that he had completed earlier on the presented plans. (On file)  Many of the points brought forward from the review were addressed in a revised plan set presented during the evening.  Three primary concerns were discussed.  The first concern being the provision of the acreage of buildable area on each of the lots.  There appeared to be a large percentage of wetlands on each lot and the acreage was readily identifiable.  Another concern was soils data presented.  Mr. Stout submitted a letter from the Wetland Scientist (Peter Schauer) that identified those soils delineated as Rural-Agricultural to be Residential in nature.  The Board requested that this letter be entered onto the plan as a note.  The last primary concern was correspondence received from the Road Agent requiring the driveway for one of the lots to be placed in such a location that it required a wetland encroachment.  Such encroachment shall require Conservation Commission review, prior to approval from the Board.  Mr. Moses stated that he shall meet with the Road Agent to determine if there is any other suitable placement for this driveway.

Being no further discussion, a motion was made by Dr. Mara and seconded by Mr. DeBold to continue the Design Review and Public Hearing to a meeting on November 5th at 7pm.  Motion passes.

Conceptual Review: Site Plan, Marc Sabol, Map 9 Lot 110, Suncook Valley Highway
Ms. Jennifer McCourt, Engineer and Marc Sabol were present to speak on the merits of the proposal.

The purpose of the meeting was to present preliminary plans and gather initial feedback from the Board regarding the proposal.

The proposal is for a LEED (Leadership in Energy Efficient Design) certified automotive maintenance facility.  The primary business will be the repair and maintenance of hybrid vehicles although other vehicles will be maintained as well.  The initial design provided for the building and parking layout.  Mr. Moore submitted a review that was previously prepared.  It was noted that many items from the site review checklist were not complete at this time as the plan was only conceptual in nature.  The Board expressed concern and requested review of internal traffic patterns to allow for fire department access and suppression.  The Board shall not refer the application to the Town Engineer for review, but did request that final plans be reviewed by the Fire Chief.

Conceptual Review:  Site Plan, April Place, Map 8 Lot 17, Suncook Valley Highway
Ms. Jennifer McCourt, Engineer and April Place were present to speak on the merits of the proposal.
The purpose of the meeting was to present preliminary plans and gather initial feedback from the Board regarding the proposal.

The proposal is for an unattended self storage facility.  The facility will be primarily operated as a web based business.  Preliminary designs provided for 4 buildings 800 sq/ft to 3800 sq/ft, utilizing much of the area of the property.  It was noted that a majority of the property is located within the jurisdiction of the Comprehensive Shoreline Protection Act (CSPA).  There is no office space proposed for the site as the well existing well has been found to be contaminated and not suitable for public use.  The site is proposed to be fenced along the entire perimeter with a gate along the front of the property.  This gate will be operated by a keypad type system and a Knox box will be provided for emergency access.  Mr. Moore submitted a review that was previously prepared.  It was noted that many items from the site review checklist were not complete at this times as the plan was only conceptual in nature.  The Board expressed concern and requested review of the internal traffic patterns to allow for fire department access and suppression activities.  There was also concern in regards to parking requirements.  It was determined that that were no parking requirements due to the inherent nature of the business.  Other concerns were also raised about the individual uses of the storage bays and the allowable hours of operation..  These shall be addressed in a Rental Contract provided by the applicant.  As the area is within the CSPA, a pervious material is required to be used to manage stormwater drainage.  The Board requested that Town Counsel opinion be sought regarding any requirement for the provision of suitable water and septic facilities.  Several Board members expressed concerns of appropriate screening along the south western face of the facility and such shall be presented upon the final plan.


Mr. Pike presented a draft copy of the Driveway Regulations along with model ordinances for review.  A work session was scheduled for October 14th to discuss the Impact Fee Study, Driveway Regualtions, and Zoning Amendments.

Being no further business, a motion was made by Dr. Mara and seconded by Mr. Brehm to adjourn the meeting at 9:45pm.

Respectfully submitted,



Jamie A Pike

                                                                        Approved as corrected.

Thomas Jameson


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