Chichester Planning Board
Minutes of Meeting
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Members Present: Kevin Mara, Chairman, Vice-Chairman Thomas Jameson, Ex-Officio Jeffrey Jordan, Stan Brehm, Thomas Houle, Allen Mayville, Richard Moore, Alan Williams, and Secretary Jamie A Pike.
Chairman Mara called the meeting to order at 6:30pm.
The minutes of February 12, 2015 were reviewed. A motion was made by Mr. Mayville and seconded by Mr. Houle to approve the minutes as written. Motion passes.
Ms. Pinard, Town Administrator, was present to speak to the Board regarding the recently developed Economic Development Committee. The Board of Selectmen have approved a charter and are seeking a member from the Planning Board to be on the committee. Ms. Pinard provided an overview of the goals of the Committee to include the foundations of developing a comprehensive website to further the business development of the Route 4 and Route 28 corridors. Mr. Jameson discussed the weaknesses of Route 4 regarding traffic speed and flow. Mr. Houle was nominated as the Planning Board representative to the EDC.
Preliminary Review – Chichester Commons, LLC
Mr. Jonathan Halle was present to speak on the merits of the proposal.
Mr. Halle along with CATCH Housing is proposing the development of a 41 unit 55+ housing complex upon Map 4 Lot 161A in conjunction with a 10,000 square foot retail single occupant building. Mr. Pike explained that in order to move forward with the enormity of the project there are many waivers that would be required and that the Planning Board has the requirement to administer the waiver process through careful detail. The ZBA does not administer the waiver/variances when considered under the Commercial Village District. The Board brought forward initial concerns regarding DOT hurdles, appropriateness and intent of the ordinance, and scale of the buildings to the surrounding area. Mr. Brehm spoke to the benefits of the project to support the economic development of the area, bringing people that need more
small businesses in the area, creating future development. Mr. Brehm also looked at concerns regarding the anticipated load on Town services, ie: Fire/Rescue and Police. Lucille Noel was present and spoke about the need for 55+ housing in Town although was not a supporter of the design of a single multi-level building, versus the cluster type housing located in the Town of Epsom. Mr. Mayville spoke about the efficiency of a singular multi-unit building.
Mr. Pike requested two appointments to the CNHRPC. Mr. Brehm and Dr. Mara will accept nomination. Their names will be remitted to the CNHRPC.
Mr. Pike presented a proposed questionnaire for the purposes of Home Occupation Renewal. The questionnaires will be mailed to the necessary businesses.
Mr. Moore spoke about SB146 which addresses Accessory Dwelling Units. There was spirited debate of whether the statute was a requirement or not and whether or not Chichester’s current ordinance conforms to the proposed bill. Mr. Moore will keep the Board informed about the status of the bill.
Mr. Houle discussed campaigning for the passage of the zoning amendments on March 10th and requested members to be present to assist.
Being no further business, a motion was made by Mr. Houle and seconded by Mr. Mayville to adjourn the meeting at 8:02pm. Motion passes.
Jamie A Pike
Not approved until signed.
Kevin J Mara, DVM