2020 Hampstead Planning Board Meetings


Hampstead Planning Board Deals with Route 111 and Emerson Avenue Subdivision
By Penny Williams   9-11-20

The Hampstead Planning Board met on Tuesday evening, September 8, and the main topic under review and discussion was the Route 111 and Emerson Avenue Subdivision.

This is a five lot subdivision of a larger lot that used to have Little Mexico, a pizza place and a used car sales business on it. The pizza shop became a repair shop and is now a roofing company business. Little Mexico has long since closed but the used car sales is still there.        

The board took up the Amended Site Plan for the property which is located at 664 Route 111 in June. The plan was presented by Brian Pratt, Fuss & O'Neill. Pratt presented the Change of Use /Amended Site plan and Condition of Use on Tuesday evening. This Change of Use and Amended Site Plan and Condition of Use Permit   involves the change of use of the Little Mexico building from a restaurant to becoming the home of Statewide Trailer Sales.  There will be no changes to the building other than adding an overhead door entrance and painting the building. The amended site plan dealt with some changes to the other proposed lots.

There will be a Blue Bird Storage  added, and the Roofing Company, now at the intersection of Emerson and Route 111 will be moving into a new building at a new location on the property and adjustments made to the Auto Sales in the future.  The Stateline Trailer Sales will occupy another lot.

One of the issues needing to be resolved is the Witcher Road situation, a Class VI road that has been abandoned but never officially discontinued. There is a small slice of state owned property along the edge of the Witcher Road that abuts some of the lots being created.

Another issue needing to be addressed is the removal of parking pavement in front of the building fronting on Emerson Avenue that housed the roofing company.

Finally the issue of signage brought up by Chair Paul Carideo at the June meeting still needs to be addressed. The developer needs to provide the board with a  document showing what signs currently exist on the property and what signs are being proposed. 

The board continued the initial public hearing for Change of Use/Amended Site Plan for the Subdivision for 45 days to allow the owner and developer to finalize the Witcher Road and other easement issues. However, the board wants a progress report provided at their next meeting.

The board released the Bond for the Hampstead Self Storage located at 59 Gigante Drive. IT approved extending the conditional approval for the Camp Tel Noar Yurt Village construction until February 1, 2021. The camp owners don't want to start a new construction if the camp is not going to be open again in 2021. Bob Villella asked for a 90 day extension for the Brady Lane Subdivision as the road is still under construction. The board approved the request.

The board then went on to review the Route 111 Emerson Avenue Subdivision Site Plan. The board continued by reviewing and taking jurisdiction of the Stateline Trailer Sales Site Plan, the Route 111 Auto Sales Site Plan and the BlueBird Self Storage site plan, all pieces of the Route 111 and Emerson Avenue Subdivision. They accepted jurisdiction of all the site plans and continued the public hearings for them to the Planning Board's October 5, meeting.

In Other Business:

* The Hampstead Zoning Board of Adjustment met on Wednesday, September 2. They allowed a new hearing for  Emily Balkus who sought a Variance  to allow construction of a garage which didn't meet the side setbacks for the property. The June hearing Balkus hadn't attended because she didn't think she was allowed to so the ZBA allowed the rehearing. The board approved the request.

* The ZBA considered a request from the State Line Trailer Sales for a Variance to permit minimum frontage along Witcher Road and BlueBird Storage asked for minimum frontage on Witcher Road. Both the State Line Trailer Sales and BlueBird Storage passed unanimously after lengthy discussions whether the board could even act on Witcher Road ( a Class VI road).  Ultimately, they actually changed the "ask" to allow variances for both on Route 111 instead of on Witcher Rd.  But, bottom line - they both passed unanimously.


Hampstead Planning Board Reorganizes and Hears Full Agenda
By Penny Williams 6-2-2020

The Hampstead Planning Board met for the first time, since March second on Monday night, June 1. The board not only reorganized at the conclusion of their formal meeting but heard a really full agenda, approving two Accessory Dwelling Unit applications that have languished for several months and finishing the continued Camp Tel Noar gravel parking lot, yurt village and common building application that has been waiting a final decision for several months. The board held the first formal hearing on the Brady Lane Subdivision and  had a hearing on a new  amended site plan for 664 Route 111.

The meeting, presented electronically, last until past 11 p.m. but the board  approved the two longstanding ADU applications, one at 296 East Main Street and the other at 94 Picadilly Road.

The Camp Tel Noar site plan review continued from March 2,  for development of a Yurt Village with a common building for use by councilors in training and development of a gravel parking lot for employees, was approved. The proposed development had received a Variance approval from the Hampstead Zoning Board of Adjustment on November 9, 2019 and Randy Haight, Meridian Land Services on behalf of the Eli and Bessie Cohen summer camp was back seeking conditional approval of their application from the Planning Board.
          
    Haight had the septic approval permit, the state driveway cut permit, a letter from the Hampstead Area Water Company for supplying water and the board approved the single waiver to not require a survey of high intensity soil mapping.
Haight also responded to all the lighting issues previous raised and Town Engineer Steve Keach, Keach Nordstrom & Associates felt the lighting as proposed met the requirements. The request for a certified soil scientist to sign off on the plan with respect to wetlands and setbacks was met. Added to the plan notes were the seasonal use of the camp and the lights being dimmed at night year round.

The plan was approved as proposed with the recommended conditions provided by Keach. All that was needed was to correct two spelling errors on the site plan and add the certified soil scientist's stamp.

The board turned to the Brady Lane Subdivision application at 339 East Road. This is a Bob Villella development so he stepped down from the board. Tim Lavelle,  Lavelle & Associates presented the proposed plan. It would create an  800-foot road, Brady Lane that would provide access to six lots, one with the existing dwelling. Each lot would have its own water and septic. The one waiver requested was to allow Brady Lane to be only 22-feet wide when 24-feet wide is required. The board approved this waiver.

The Hampstead Fire Department requested two fire hydrants and one has already been put in on Emerson Avenue. The board accepted Keach's recommended conditions and conditionally approved the plan.

The board then took up the Amended Site Plan for the property at 664 Route 111 that includes the long vacant Little Mexico restaurant, a Roofing Company in the building facing Emerson Avenue that is moving and the Route 111 Auto sales business.

The plan was presented by Brian Pratt, Fuss & O'Neill. This plan  involves only the change of use of the Little Mexico building from a restaurant to becoming the home of Statewide Trailer Sales.  There will be no changes to the building other than adding an overhead door entrance and painting the building.

There are plans for this entire property to be subdivided with a Blue Bird Storage  added, and the Roofing Company moving into a new building at a new location on the property and adjustments made to the Auto Sales in the future. Pratt had a list of five waivers needed, all referring to issues required if a new development is being contemplated or if changes are being made to a property but in this case aren't needed since nothing new is being added and no changes to the property are contemplated at this point.

Keach brought up several issues that would need to be resolved. One is the easement that should no longer be needed if in fact the portion of Witcher Road that is on a small slice of the property has been discontinued and documentation of that is found. Another is the removal of parking pavement in front of the building fronting on Emerson Avenue that housed the roofing company. Finally, the issue of signage brought up by Chair Paul Carideo needs to be documented showing what signs currently exist on the property and what signs are being proposed.  Keach also wanted the current parking lot strips seal coated before the new parking place lines are painted.

The board after some discussion decided to hear the waivers and approved all five of the proposed waivers and then conditionally approved the amended site plan with the conditions Keach suggested.

The board reorganized appointing Steve Wentworth as the Chair and Randy
Clark as the Vice Chair. Secretary Debbie Soucy was reappointed.

 


NH RSA 675:3 gives the Planning Board the authority to submit an ordinance or zoning amendment to the voters.


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