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Planning Board Minutes 08/04/2011
Chichester Planning Board
Minutes of Meeting
August 4, 2011

Members Present:  Chairman Kevin Mara, Vice-Chairman Thomas Jameson, Ex-Officio Jeffrey Jordan, Richard Arell, Stan Brehm, Alan Mayville, Thomas Houle, Alan Williams, and Secretary Jamie A Pike.

Chairman Mara called the meeting to order at 6:30pm.

The minutes of July 7, 2011 were reviewed.  A correction was made to notate that Mr. Jameson was not present at the meeting.  A motion was made approve the minutes as corrected by Dr. Mara and seconded by Mr. Jordan.  Motion passes.

Pursuant to RSA 673:11, Chairman Mara appointed Mr. Houle as a voting member for the purposes of this meeting in the absence Richard Moore.

Cease and Desist Follow-up:  Finlayson Pet Care, Map 3 Lot 72, 14 King Road

Ms. Finlayson was before the Board on order of the Selectmen to “engage in active dialogue….to mitigate a method of abating any potential excess noise associated with the business” where the tree line shown on the Site Plan has been cleared.

Dr. Mara explained to Ms. Finlayson, that upon noticing significant tree removal on the property, the Board requested the Selectmen to engage in enforcement action.

It was explained to Ms. Finlayson that a Site Plan is a formal and legal document detailing the final design of a particular site for the specified purpose.  It was the presumption of the Board that the tree line shown on the Site Plan was to act as a noise buffer for the property.  One of the major concerns of the abutters during the original Site Plan approval process was the barking of the dogs.  This tree line would have abated any prospective nuisance.  

Ms. Finlayson pleaded her ignorance of the process and purpose of Site Plan Review and Approval and stated that she had received the logging permit from the Town and was in the process of complying with forestry regulations for the conversion of the land. It was explained to the Board that the purpose of the tree removal and ensuing site work is for the development of a lawn area for the residence and additional snow storage.  This lawn/yard area is to be fenced in with a 6’ stockade type fence for privacy.  Some of the area outside of the fencing will also be used for additional parking areas to facilitate improved traffic flow upon the property.  It was also explained and shown on the displayed plan that all dog activities occur at the rear of the property behind the existing home.

Ms. Finlayson was directed to the Board to submit an Application for Site Plan Review for the purposes of addressing the increased parking area, altered site development, and placement of the fence along with another structure.  Such application shall be submitted by September 15th so there may be a hearing on such at the October meeting.  Where the fence has already been purchased and time is of the essence, the Board authorized Ms. Finlayson to move forward with her plans for developing the yard area and erecting the fence.

As members of the Road Advisory Committee, Mr. Brehm and Mr. Jameson reviewed the work being done to create a road inventory of the Town with priorities based upon traffic volumes and potential for future land development.  This inventory is being maintained in a new database that is easily managed and can be readily updated.

Due to the Labor Day holiday, the next meeting is scheduled for September 8th at 6:30pm.  The current agenda includes a presentation by the CNHRPC regarding economic development.

Being no further business, a motion was made by Mr. Arell and seconded by Dr. Mara to adjourn the meeting at 8:05pm.  Motion passes.

Respectfully submitted,

Jamie A Pike

Approved as corrected.

Thomas Jameson,
Vice Chairman

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