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Planning Board Minutes 08/07/2014
Chichester Planning Board
Minutes of Meeting
Thursday, August 7, 2014

Members Present: Chairman Kevin Mara, Vice Chairman Tom Jameson, Ex-Officio Jeffrey Jordan, Tom Houle, Richard Moore, Allen Mayville, Alan Williams, and Secretary Jamie A Pike.

Chairman Mara called the meeting to order at 6:35pm.

Pursuant to RSA 673:11, Chairman Mara appointed Alan Williams as a voting member for the purposes of this meeting.

The minutes of July 10, 2014 were reviewed.  A motion was made by Mr. Mayville and seconded by Mr. Jordan to approve the minutes as written.  Motion passes.

Home Occupation, Annie’s Daycare, Map 3 Lot 2 located at 33 Towle Road.
Anne Edmunds was present to speak on the merits of the application.

Chairman Mara called the public hearing to order.

Mr. Moore reviewed the zoning ordinance as it pertained to home occupations and found the application to be conforming.

Being no questions from the Board, a motion was made by Mr. Jordan and seconded by Mr. Mayville to approve the application as presented.  Motion passes.

Conceptual Site Review: Golden Paw Dog Grooming, Map 4 Lot 31 located at 154 Dover Road.
Surveyor Jeff Greene, and applicants Chris and Tina Drew were present to speak on the merits of the proposal.

Mr. Pike explained to the Board that this application had been reverted to a conceptual discussion, because the property was still in the name of the Estate, and there is no executor to give legal authorization for the Drew’s to act on its behalf.

The purpose of the Site Plan is for the development of an existing single family residential use to a dog grooming/kennel business and a residential use.  There is an existing well and septic for the property.  There will be an added four parking spaces for the business, as well as a fenced in area for the dogs to run.  There are two types of proposed down lighted spot lights.  There is a sign proposed of 3’x2’ which currently exists at the businesses current location on Lane Road.

Mr. Moore reviewed the checklist items.  A photometric plan was requested to be part of the final application.

Abutters, Emiko and John Conway had questions regarding the keeping of dogs overnight and the cleaning and removal of animal waste.  Ms. Drew stated that they regularly clean their existing outdoor facilities and intend to do the same at this new location.  All dogs that are maintained overnight are primarily kept indoors with the exception of play times and as necessary much like a normal home environment.   

There was a question as to the need for a revised septic plan due to the increased use.  Mr. Pike will review the requirement with DES and report back to the Board.

There were no further questions.  The Drew’s will be submitting a formal application as soon as title to the property is cleared.

Other Business –

Mr. Houle expressed that he had a problem with the way the prospective applicant regarding the chicken farm was handled at the last meeting.  He stated that he felt that the applicant left with an unpleasant experience with the Board.  Dr. Mara explained that based on the size and scope of the project and with the opinion of the Town’s attorney that Site Plan Review should be required.  

Mr. David Colbert accused Chairman Mara and Secretary Pike of an impropriety  in speaking to the Town’s attorney prior to the meeting and providing opinion to the Board.  It was explained to Mr. Colbert that the office had been in discussions with the potential application for several weeks and it was determined that legal opinion was needed to determine if Site Review was/could be required.  Mr. Colbert also accused Chairman Mara of relaying information to the abutter of the potential site regarding the proposal.

Mr. Mayville stated that he felt the applicant should have been allowed to present his conceptual design.  It was reiterated that the applicant was provided ample opportunity to present his concept at the last meeting, but nothing was presented to the Board.

Mr. Moore recalled discussion about the project that was had.  The meeting never got to a point of a formal decision to require Site Review or not.  Chairman Mara stated that many questions were asked by members of the Board and that the applicant had no answers.  

Being no further discussion, a motion was made by Mr. Williams and seconded by Mr. Jameson to adjourn the meeting at 8:02pm.  Motion passes.

Respectfully submitted,

Jamie A Pike
                                                                        Not approved until signed.

Kevin J Mara, DVM

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