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Planning Board Minutes 05/07/2015
Chichester Planning Board
Minutes of Meeting
Thursday, May 7, 2015

Members Present: Chairman Kevin Mara, Vice-Chairman Thomas Jameson, Ex-Officio Jeffrey Jordan, Stan Brehm, Thomas Houle, Allen Mayville, Richard Moore, and Richard Arell.

Others present included possible new planning board member Craig McIntosh and applicants William Young and Jeff Bocash.

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

The minutes of April 2, 2015 were reviewed.  A motion was made by Mr. Jordan and seconded by Mr. Jameson to approve the minutes as written.  Motion passes.  It was noted that Chairman Mara and Secretary Pike will draft a letter to the Selectmen urging strict enforcement of the existing signage ordinance.  This was an item on the last page of the April 2, 2015 minutes.

Preliminary Discussion:  Map 4 Lot 154; 69 Dover Road– William Young Properties, LLC
To discuss the conversion of approximately 800 – 1,000 square feet of office space to consumer retail.  

William Young and a possible tenant Jeff Bocash of Bocash Farms in Pittsfield discussed the possibility of using a portion of the first floor of the renovated farm house as retail to sell meat, vegetables, and other farm products, in addition to the recently approved office space for the paving company.   The board reviewed the site plan review check list items, most are already addressed in the recent approval.  The board and the applicants discussed whether this retail use is already approved or whether it is an additional impact per the Zoning Ordinance.  The applicant will update the previous site plan with the proposed retail use, they will verify that the existing septic is adequate for the additional use, they will verify that the recent NH DOT Driveway permit is sufficient for the additional use, and they will submit a new application in the near term.  A notification to abutters and a Public Hearing will be scheduled when the application is received.  There was some discussion about the existing signs for the concrete companies and the proposed location of a sign for the paving company.  The discussion evolved into whether a larger sign or additional signs are permitted for the multi use paving and retail operations.  The applicants said that they will use the previously approved signs.

A concern that some old pavement may have been placed outside of the silt fence  on his recent site plan approval was discussed.  He said that he was not aware of any material placed outside the silt fence but he will check.  

Home Occupation Renewal:  Map 8 lot 37a; 43 Carpenter Road - Classic Firearms & Parts, LLC, Scott Marston
This Home Occupation renewal was approved.  There are no known issues from neighbors or others.

There was a related discussion on Home Occupations in general and whether all Home Occupations need to be renewed.  The Home Occupation application was updated a few years ago and only Home Occupations approved since the update which included a 5 year renewal need to be reviewed for renewal.  Apparently Planning Board member Tom Houles Home Occupation application from approx. 15 years ago was never officially finalized so Tom said that he will submit a renewal application.

The Board discussed whether elections for Chair and Vice Chair should be conducted tonight or deferred until members Richard Moore and Kevin Mara receive notification from the Selectmen on the status of their reappointment to the planning board.  After discussion Mr. Brehm made a motion to nominate Kevin Mara as Chair, Mr. Arell seconded the motion and Dr. Mara was elected.  Dr. Mara made a motion to nominate Tom Jameson as Vice Chair, Mr. Arell seconded the motion and Mr. Jameson was elected

Mr. Brehm mentioned that he and Dr. Mara are representatives to the CNHRPC and that Stan attended a recent RPC meeting where the Chichester Main St/Route 28 intersection was listed as #1 on the NH DOT ten year plan and the King Rd/Route 4 intersection was approx. # 6 on the same NH DOT ten year plan.  Dr Mara said that he has not been receiving meeting notifications from the CNHRPC.

Being no further business, a motion was made by Mr. Brehm and seconded by Mr. Arell to adjourn the meeting at 7:45pm.  Motion passes.

Respectfully submitted,



Richard Moore

Not approved until signed.


Kevin J Mara, DVM




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