2022 Hampstead Planning Board Meetings


Hampstead Planning Board Approves Hampstead Heights Elderly Development Continuance
By Penny Williams   11-8-22

The Hampstead Planning Board met Monday night, November 7, and approved the request from the applicant to continue the hearing for Hampstead Heights, off Stony Ridge Road, Elderly Housing Development .

The applicant requested the continuance to the board's December 5th, meeting.

The reason for the request was the applicant needed more time to address the letter from the Town Engineer, Steve Keach, Keach Nordstrom & Associates they had received only a day earlier. They also needed more time to address the letter from the town's attorney.

The board discussed this briefly but approved the request and continued the hearing to their December 5th, meeting.

The board heard the request from Al Cipriano, speaking with permission for his son, Jason Cipriano, the homeowner at 115 Laura Lane, for construction of an Accessory Dwelling Unit.

The applicant presented the floor plans, elevation and design for the ADU. There is ample parking on the long driveway and there will be garage space for 4 cars.

The ADU is 864 square feet and the Primary Dwelling is 2,891 square feet meeting the ADU requirements.

The board accepted jurisdiction of the complete application and approved it.

Mark Donahue said the work done at 24 Hazel Drive met all the requirements from the board and the Code Enforcement Office regarding the planting of trees to replace those cut without permission on the property thus exposing the abutter to light and noise.

The abutter told the board they are not satisfied and that the berms and trees planted don't accomplish the job of addressing light and noise issues,

The board felt that the work done had addressed the board and Code Enforcement requests but referred the abutter to Code Enforcement to continue discussion there on more work to address the 50-foot buffer to reduce noise and light issues.

The amended site plan for the Route 111Auto Sales at 4 Route 111 was discussed.  The plan is to pave much of the two lots so travel will be able to be continuous from one end to the other.

The board had questions regarding stormwater management and design as well as the water line and the distance between the water line pipe and the leach bed.

Since the actual water line hasn't been added yet but its location has been identified and will be installed with the appropriate distance from the leach bed and the easement requests by Keach to be added to the amended site plan and registered for the water line and stormwater design, the board conditionally approved the amended site plan subject to the Keach's easement and comments.

 


Hampstead Planning Board Approves Master Plan
By Penny Williams    10-18-22

The Planning Board met on Monday, October 17, and heard from Jenn Rowden, Rockingham Planning Commission, who has worked with the board and the Master Plan subcommittee for the past 18 months on this and she gave a brief summary of the finished product. The board voted to approve it and it will go to the Board of Selectmen for approval next.

The board and committee will look at developing a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) as the first effort to implement items from the Master Plan. After that other items would be chosen and presented as Warrant Articles to get them implemented.

The board then discussed the budget and decided it was an administrative item. Among the changes was increasing Secretary Debbie Soucy's position to a full time position and with a commensurate salary increase. Several items were decreased.

Beyond that the budget was considered to be basically flat.

In Other News

Clean Up Hampstead Day - Committee waiting on an answer from Civic Club to see if Recycling & Waste Disposal (RWD) Committee can set up a table to promote spring clean-up and distribute bags.

 Signs for transfer station – Chair Ellen Cabral would like to rethink the name of the swap shop and then create signs for use in 2023.

Member Reinhild Davis has not been able to get quote yet for painting the trailer from printer, but will contact again. For informational purposes, the trailer is said to be 40 feet long by 8 feet wide.

Pinard Waste Contract - We are waiting to receive the contract price to extend for 2024 and Year 2025.

Fall Household Hazardous Waste - The event will be held in Kingston on Main Street (Highway Department) on Saturday, October 29th from 9 a.m. to noon. Mike Auger and Eric are available to work this event. Tina Harrington will get approval for them to work that extra day and communicate to them\ if approved.

2023 Budget - Member Chris Kowalski is finalizing the budget. It is currently set at $833,663, but Kowalski was asking to add an additional $1,000 to the Kent Farm maintenance line for signage.

2023 Events -  Cabral will create a 2023 RWD event calendar that includes events such as events the committee organizes or participates in, the Swap Shop, Household Hazardous Waste days. E

Cabral confirmed that the RWD Committee will have a table at the Town Library community event.  Cabral to contact the Hampstead Library Coordinator to find a May date for a composting class for our committee to run.  Cabral will contact NRRA to find out if Garbage Guerilla classes are still being offered and get the price. She will present this information to the Committee in November.

 Kent Farm – Member Proctor Wentworth noted that on the Transfer Station Day he saw a sink and tiles in the trash container at Kent Farm. The Transfer Station crew confirmed they did not know when it came in, but it was not there in September.  Wentworth said we should remind anyone with Kent Farm access that no trash can be placed in container if the transfer station is not open.  Harrington  was asked to let Chief Beaudoin know as well as anyone else that has the combination to the Transfer Station.

 


Hampstead Planning Board Rejects Cameron Court Elderly Housing Application
By Penny Williams   10-5-22

The Planning Board met Monday night, October 3, and ended up rejecting the Cameron Court Elderly Housing application that requested another continuance

The board discussed the request for a continuance but noted that the check list for the application still isn't complete. Given that several continuance requests have been made and the check list is still not complete the board decided to reject the application.

The Cameron Court Elderly Housing located at 2 Depot Road will now have to go back to square one and re-apply.

The board also discussed at length whether they should reject the request for a continuance from Tim Lavelle, James Lavelle & Associates, for 24 Hazel Drive.

Lavelle, sent a letter requesting another 30 day extension of approval since the Conditional Approval expired on October 3.

The issue is getting trees the proper height purchased and planted. This has been going on for multiple meetings and Karen Grey, whose property abuts the parcel, has previously and again Monday night complained that the buffer between her property and the parcel had been clear cut thus causing many unpleasant happenings for her and her family on their property. She claimed she and her family have lost an entire summer and she wants the board to hold the applicant accountable.

The lot was cleared to provide for boat storage but the board as a condition of approval required trees of sufficient size to be planted to return the buffer zone to its previous condition. This has not happened.

The board noted that many of the issues raised by Grey are code enforcement issues not Planning Board issues but basically agreed that this issue should have been taken care of by this time. However, since Lavelle had been in the hospital and so not able to finish this yet the board decided to grant the request for a 30 day extension but granted it as the final extension for this conditional approval.  If it isn't taken care of prior to the November 7, meeting the conditional approval will be revoked and the applicant will have to start over from the beginning.

Nicole Duquette, Greenman-Pedersen Inc., presented an amended site plan for a parcel on Gigante Drive that the new owner wishes to add paving. The new paving area would be a small portion of the site but is where he stores fencing material.

The parcel is a 1 acre lot that has a residential lot abutting the rear of the parcel. The previous owner of the parcel dumped remnants of his landscaping jobs at the rear of the lot where there are some massive boulders and lots of landscaping material. The stone wall has been damaged but Duquette said the present owner plans to repair it and accepted the suggestion from the board that the language be changed to restore the stone wall.

The plan is to pave a section of the parcel toward the back of the lot as currently stored fencing supplies placed there are sinking in the ground.

Duquette added that 10 parking spaces have been striped as per local zoning regulations although they really aren't needed.

The boulders at the back of the parcel will be used to protect the septic area from the newly paved area. Drainage and stormwater protection management has been designed to  address run-off and drainage issues so no additional water will have an impact on the residential property.

The residential property owner, Suzanne Zakian, 257 Stage Road, had a series of concerns regarding water issues all of which Duquette responded to and answered explaining what is planned to address the concerns Zakian raised.

The board voted to grant conditional approval.

The board heard from Chris York, Millennial Engineering, Inc., who presented an amended site plan for the Route 111 Auto Sales. This was a two part plan, with the second amended site plan to be addressed at the next meeting.

The issue before the board Monday night concerned putting paving around the building which has been moved to the front of the parcel. The reason for adding the paving is to provide continuous paving in the end between the two buildings on the parcel.

The board discussed the proposed amended site plan and said the letter from the Town Engineer Steve Keach, Keach Nordstrom & Associates had no issues with this first amended site plan proposal. The board thus approved the proposed amended site plan for Lot 15 and continued the amended site plan for Lot 15-4 to the boards November 7, meeting.

Kate Thomas, IT Director, Hampstead Public Library spoke to the board about the proposed pavilion planned for the public library front lawn.  The board was informed that the site doesn't need a stormwater protection management plan. However, Thomas said they plan to have  crush rock surrounding the  edge of the pavilion. The board indicated that there is no action it needs to take regarding the pavilion plan.

The board reduced the bond for Brianna Woods, Endicot Lane to $128,966.75

The board re-appointed Susan Hastings as the board representative on the Rockingham Planning Commission.

Jenn Rowden, Rockingham Planning Commission, presented an update of the Hampstead Master Plan project she is working on with the Planning Board.

 


Hampstead Fire Station Building Expansion Presented to Hampstead Planning Board
By Penny Williams    9-7-22

On Tuesday evening, September 6, the Hampstead Planning Board heard about the expansion plans for the town's Fire Station.

Jeff Merritt described the proposed 4,200 square foot Hampstead Fire Station Renovation and Addition Project. It will be basically a two story addition  which will provide offices but no new bays. There will still be 360 degree access to the building but the current parking spaces will be relocated.

There are grading and drainage and stormwater management designs and the utility will go underground.

The Storm Water Commission wants to have the plans and they will receive them. They have some requests involving monitoring requirements.

Since this is a municipal building bringing it before the Planning Board is a courtesy as no action by the board needs to be taken. The Storm Water Commission recommendations need to be provided within the next 30 days and will deal with operational issues.

The board approved the amended site plan for 20 Owens Court for a loading dock addition presented by James Lavelle, James Lavelle and Associates.

The plan included a drainage design and side walls for the below grade 44 by 24 foot dock ramp. Town Engineer Steve Keach, Keach Nordstrom & associates, said the only thing that needs to be added is a hand rail and that the material of the ramp will be bituminous. The approval condition was the inclusion of Keach's letter.

The board approved the amended site plan for Emerson Avenue and Miners Way presented by Lavelle. The gravel lay down area is for additional storage of trailers and snowmobiles and water craft by Dasilva Motor Sports located on Route III.

This gravel lay down area is off of Emerson Avenue and Miners Way is for storage of trailers used to bring or pick-up snow or water mobiles as well as temporary storage of mobiles. The area has Fire Department approval and there was no further disturbance of terrain so the board approved the proposed amended site plan.

Robert Balquist, Mersner Brem Corp.. presented the proposed 65 Holiday Lane and 41 Blueberry Circle lot line proposal. There is no net gain or loss of property, it is merely a swap of  equal proportions. The parcels have the same owner.

The purpose of the lot line adjustment is to allow an additional bedroom to be added to the existing dwelling owned by John and Kelly Bartlett. They received a Variance from the Zoning Board of Adjustment since the plan would have the building only be 30 feet from the rear lot line when 50  feet is required.

The board approved the proposed lot line adjustment with Keach's request that his comments be confirmed and the posted monuments be on the plan.

The board approved the lot line adjustment for the property owned by Mr. and Mrs. Cronin that the Hampstead Central School driveway encroaches on. The adjustment allows the SAU District to buy the 17.5 by 200 foot strip of land that the school driveway encroaches on.

There was one waiver to allow only the portion of the school property impacted by this issue to be on the plan and that was approved.

SAU 55 District Financial Director Geoffrey Dowd said it was good that this issue has been properly taken care of. He said it relieved any liability issues the Cronin's might have had as well as the district's liability.

There was a brief discussion regarding the Hasago - Busby owned sand pit Earth Excavation proposal that is before the Sandown Planning Board. Hampstead Planning is involved because the pit parcel is bifurcated by the municipal Sandown/Hampstead town line. Work only takes place in the Sandown portion of the parcel and it is a very low level excavation amount.

The board accepted the application form for the proposed Earth Excavation proposal and will probably see the proposal before their committee before the end of the year, 

The board approved the request to move the Hampstead Heights off Stony Ridge Road, Elderly Housing Development to the board's October 3, meeting.

The board approved moving the request from the Gigante Drive Amended Site Plan to their October 3 meeting.


Hampstead Planning Board Rejects Incomplete Cameron Court Elderly Housing Application
By Penny Williams   8-03-22

On Monday night, August 1, the Hampstead Planning Board voted to reject as incomplete, an application for Cameron Court, 70 & 90 Depot Road for an elderly housing development that has been continued monthly for at least six months.

The board discussed this and approved rejecting the application due to being incomplete. The abutters will be notified of the deficiencies in the application. Town Engineer Steve Keach, Keach Nordstrom & Associates suggested this could best be accomplished by simply adding his June letter relating to the application to the notice sent to abutters.

The board has previously considered rejecting the application since it has been continued on a monthly basis for so long. This time action was taken.

The board spent time on the Hampstead Heights development application. This is an elderly housing development off Stony Ridge Road. The proposed sixty six 2,000 square foot condominium units would be on three adjoining properties amounting to 28 acres. There would be two interior private roads. Each unit would be a two bedroom with a two car garage unit. Two residents in each unit only and both must be 55 or older.

David Jordan, Greenman Pedersen, Inc. said there would be a 30-foot buffer around the development, increased at some points to meet abutter requests/concerns and the erection of fencing and additional plantings would be considered.

There will be no direct wetlands impact. A well developed stormwater and drainage management design as well as a landscape plan were provided. Jordan indicated there would be no additional run off but this was questioned by residents who opposed the proposed development.

Blasting will be required to create the development's connection roadway to Stony Ridge Road. The septic system has 5 leach fields and the Hampstead Area Water Company will supply the water to the 66 units and the fire hydrants.

The traffic study indicated that at prime time in the morning 13 vehicles trips would take place and in the p.m. peak there would be 17 trips generated with a total of 216 daily development trips.

Jordan said he did not provide a revised site plan but the comments and concerns raised by residents and the board at the last meeting, as well as Keach's letter were being considered and adjustments made. He asked for board questions and comments.

The board members and a room full of residents raised many of the same issues that were raised last month.

 Concerns revolve around the traffic study which residents and board members and Keach want expanded to surrounding roads. The times when the study was done were also a subject of concern.

Keach said the surrounding roadway network needs to be confirmed as adequate for current traffic demands and to be able to continue to be adequate when the additional traffic from the development is added.

Impact of the proposed development on neighboring wells was another concern raised but it was noted that the Hampstead Area Water Company is supplying the water and has affirmed it can do so.

Another issue that came up again is whether this elderly housing development would create more than the allowable number of such housing units in Hampstead. Residents felt it would but the board and Keach said this is a difficult and complicated question based on how the numbers are calculated but that it will be looked into.

The length of the two private internal roads was questioned as well as the width of the proposed secondary emergency access which the Hampstead Fire Department wants enlarged to at least 20-foot width. Presently it is set at 12 feet.

Residents raised concerns over the proposed plan for blasting saying there needs to be a pre-blast and post-blast review and any damage to structures or wells be addressed,

Residents were concerned that last meeting questions and concerns had not been addressed. Chair Robert Weimar said he wants to respond just once but that all questions, comments and concerns raised will be responded to when all the information is available.

The board continued the application to the board's September 6, meeting.

The board continued the hearing for the Amended Site Plan for 20 Owens Court to the September 6, meeting.

The board also continued to September 6, the 45 Danville Road hearing regarding the Conditional Approval that expired on August 1.

 


Hampstead Residents Express Objection to Planning Board about Proposed Elderly Development
By Penny Williams   7-6-22

The Hampstead Planning Board met Tuesday evening, July 5, and the meeting room was packed with neighborhood residents who were very upset over a proposed elderly development for the Stony Ridge Road area. The majority of residents who spoke in opposition to the proposal live on Stony Ridge Road, Bloody Brook Road and Buttrick Road. However, several residents from neighboring areas spoke in opposition as well.

The main issues residents were concerned and upset about involved the increased traffic that they contend will upend their quiet, peaceful, neighborhood, where people walk their dogs, ride their bicycles and welcome others to come and join them. In addition to traffic related worries, there was grave concern about the impact on neighborhood water resources and wells from the proposed 66 units water use, the blasting that would be needed for work on the entrance road, and the overall increase demand for water.

Several speakers noted there have been deadly accidents related to the roads in the impacted area and that the road study that was done does not actually represent the increased traffic that will occur. Several also noted that the emergency access proposed from Cardinal Lane that would be gated and locked at both ends, should be instead be a second access to the development if the proposed development  goes forward and not just a gated emergency access.

It was also noted by several that the traffic study was limited in terms of when it was done, the hours covered, and the area included. The residents felt the study should be extended to intersections such as Wash Pond and possibly Emerson Avenue.

The size of the proposed project was felt to be extreme and the development of another 55 and older neighborhood in Hampstead would create an over abundance of elderly housing that would have a negative impact on the town.

A couple of people felt this proposed development would have a negative impact on the  need for work to improve the Hampstead Central School.

Bottom line, many stated they felt the proposed development was inappropriate for the neighborhood and would disrupt and have a very distressing impact on those who live in the area. Several people alluded to the responsibility of the Planning Board to protect the residents and to ensure that development is in the best interests of the town.

The board had taken jurisdiction of the site plan based on Town Engineer Steve Keach, Keach Nordstrom & Associates, stating that the application is full and complete.

When everyone who wished to had spoken the board closed the public comment.

The proposed 66 2000 square foot condominium units would be on three adjoining properties amounting to 28 acres. There would be two interior private roads. Each unit would be a two bedroom, two car garage unit.

Presenter David Jordan, Greenman Pedersen, Inc. said based on Hampstead ordinances one way the proposed project could have been designed would have allowed 96 units and the open space development selected allows for 69 units. However, only 66 are proposed.

There would be a 30-foot buffer around the development, increased at some points to meet abutter requests/concerns and the erection of fencing and additional plantings would be considered. There will be no direct wetlands impact. Parking for Hampstead trailer users that cross the open space area would be provided.

A well developed stormwater and drainage management design as well as a landscape plan were provided. Jordan indicated there would be no additional run off but this was something the residents opposing the proposed project disagreed with.

Blasting would be required to develop the development's connection roadway to Stony Ride Road. The septic system has 5 leach fields and the Hampstead Area Water Company will supply the water and the fire hydrants.

The traffic study indicated that at prime time in the morning 13 vehicles trips would take place and in the p.m. peak there would be 17 trips generated with a total of 216 daily development trips,. All of these findings residents felt were totally impractical and inaccurate.

Chair Robert Weimar said he appreciated all the people coming to provide their comments. He encouraged the board members to carefully review the minutes when they receive them and consider the issues raised by the residents. The board approved continuing the hearing to the August 1, Planning Board meeting.

The board approved a proposed plan for an Accessory Dwelling Unit at 47 Pilgrim Circle. The board also approved extending the conditional approval of 24 Hazel Drive for 90 days as requested by the applicant.

The board denied the bond release for the Self Storage Unit at 184 Route 111 because the final pavement has not been completed. The board felt that the completed paving would play a role in the drainage and this was the basis for the bond release denial.

The board told Ken Sweet, owner, they would address the bond release at their work session meeting on July 18 since Sweet guaranteed the final paving would be completed by the 13 or 14 of July. The board approved continuing this to the July 18 meeting.

The board approved the amended site plan presented by Robert Towne for the Axe Towne project. This is a change of use to one of the units at 546 NH Route 111 to a Commercial Recreational venue.

There were appropriate parking places and this business would be open after the other two businesses located in the building are closed so utilities were not negatively impacted.

The only discussion centered around the fact that people taking part in  the axe throwing events can bring their own liquor. The board requested that as a condition of approval Towne agree to have his employees trained to properly assess alcohol associated issues and know how to deal with any if they should arise to which he agreed.

The board approved requests to continue the Cameron Court, 70 & 90 Depot Road Elderly Housing Development and the Amended Site Plan for 20 Owens Court to the board's August 1, meeting.


Hampstead Planning Board Continued Public Hearings for Bonnies Way Subdivision, 546 Route 111, Cameron Commons and Two for Owens Court
By Penny Williams    6-7-22

The Hampstead Planning Board met on Monday night, June 6, and most of the public hearings on the agenda were continued.

Attorney Bernard Campbell, Beaumont & Campbell, Salem, asked the board for a continuation to December for the 20 Bonnies Way Subdivision. It has been before the Zoning Board of Adjustment but their decision has been appealed to the Housing Appeals Board. The board approved his request.

He also presented a Condo Conversion request for 546 Route 111.  This building was approved 20 years ago and he plans to provide the board with a back-up design which the state requires before it will approve the request.

One of the three bays' use is being changed but since that is the only change Campbell asked for a conditional approval for the Condo Conversion. The board gave him conditional approval subject to the NH Department of Environmental Services (NH DES) approvals.

The one unit at the 546 NH Route 111 location needs to have an amended site plan approved. This request was continued to the July 5, meeting since the information had been provided just prior to the meeting and more time was needed for review.

The board also continued the Cameron Commons at Cameron Court, elderly housing subdivision, to the board's next meeting, July 5 as requested by Tim Lavelle, James  Lavelle & Associates.

Lavelle also presented a request for an amended site plan for 20 Owens Court. The board accepted jurisdiction of the request but given missing information making the application incomplete it was continued to the July 5, meeting.

David Jordan, Greenman - Pedersen, Inc., Salem, presented a request for a Condo Conversion for a building at 15 Owens Court. It is a commercial building that has been approved and occupied. The board approved taking jurisdiction of the request application and conditionally approved it subject to receipt of the NH DES approval for each unit and a clean letter from Town Engineer Steve Keach, Keach Nordstrom & Associates.


Hampstead Planning Board Approves One Route 111 and Two Danville Road Site Plan Applications
By Penny Williams    5-3-22

On Monday evening, May 2, the Hampstead Planning Board approved the site plan for 618 Route 111, the amended site plan for 45 Danville Road, and the application for a 3 lot subdivision at 190 Danville Road.

Chris Tymula, GPI, presented the plan for the property at 618 Route 111 that will be used for Buddy Collins construction business. It is a 3.4 acre lot with a dwelling and a barn on it presently. Collins plans to tear down the barn if necessary but to, rotate on the same footprint. He will use the barn for repairing his equipment and the dwelling on the property will be a business office.

Tymula told the board the plans before them addressed the Town Engineer Steve Keach, Keach Nordstrom & Associates' letter and Paul Carideo's stormwater testing/monitoring requests. All he is waiting for is the driveway permit from the Department of Transportation.

There was an elongated discussion about the appearance of the barn if it has to be rebuilt. The plan is to rotate the current barn building maintaining the same footprint. However, if it ends up having to be rebuilt the choice would be to replace the current structure with a metal building on the footprint.

Chair Robert Weimar was concerned that the "appearance" of the building if new be similar to the existing building. No white stripes, he quipped. The applicant agreed to maintain a similar appearance.

There were three waivers that the board approved: one concerning landscaping because there would be no landscaping taking place; second, lighting, a lighting design not needed since there won't be any lighting added and the board approved adding that residential lighting was allowed; and third, the requirement for high intensity soil survey isn't needed because nothing is being done that would require any drainage or septic information.

The board conditionally approved the site plan for 618 Route 111.

Next the board heard from Doug MacGuire, DuBay Group, about the amended site plan for changes, improvements and additions at 45 Danville Road, the site of the Hampstead Health and Fitness building that also houses a Chiropractor, a salon and other service based entities. There is also a doggy day care on site and an unused bank building.

The plan is to develop a six indoor Pickle Ball court facility with six outdoor courts. The bank would be converted to a pizza shop and there would be extensive reorganizing of the parking and internal site roadways and drainage management improvements. With the indoor courts there would be a pro shop area, a small cafe and a locker rooms and showers.

 MacGuire addressed Keach's letter regarding the 45 Danville Road amended site plan. He indicated there were now 293 parking spaces available where 279 were required.

The board wanted confirmation from the Hampstead Area Water Company regarding how and where it would be extending the water line to the property.

There was a discussion about the pros and cons of a drive-up window for the Dominos Pizza that will be housed in the reconfigured empty bank building.

MacGuire pointed out that given the access route for the shop there would be absolutely no queuing issues. In addition, the drive-up window would be for pick-up not for ordering. It was noted that the pizza shop is a change of use issue but that doesn't impact the approval of the site plan as presented.

There was a discussion about the Town possibly seeking a permit from the State for a second access curb cut off of Route 111. However, Keach indicated the State would not be likely to approve anything as that portion of Route 111 is a 'limited highway.'

MacGuire said he still needs to get the Alteration of Terrain permit from the state. Other than that he said he met everything needed for conditional approval. The board conditionally approved the plan.

Kevin Hatch, Cornerstone Survey Associates, representing Henry Holmes, provided the board with the details on the proposed combining of two adjoining lots owned by the applicant and turning them into three lots. One lot would have the current dwelling. The other two lots would be 1.43 acres and 2.63 acres.

Hatch described the single common driveway that already accesses the lot with the dwelling and would continue across the second lot to the third lot. It would be a Special Request driveway permit and would need Board of Selectmen approval as well as a hold harmless agreement. Hatch said he is waiting for the State Subdivision permit to arrive.

Keach had no issues with the proposed plan and the board took jurisdiction and after a discussion approved it.

Two hearings were continued. A subdivision of land at 20 Bonnies Way requested a continuance to the June 6 meeting as they needed ZBA input. The board approved the continuance.

The applicant for Cameron Court 70 and 90 Depot Road for Elderly Housing Development requested a continuance to June 6 meeting as well. The board approved the continuance.

The board approved Weimar's request to be the representative from the Planning Board for the Storm Water Management Committee.

 


Hampstead Planning Board Appoints Bob Villella as Full-time Member
By Penny Williams 4-6-22  

On Monday night, April 4, the Hampstead Planning Board thanked former board member, Bob Villella for stepping up to fill the unexpected full time member opening resulting from the resignation of Steve Wentworth.

Villella was on the ballot and was not re-elected. Chairman Robert Weimar said he reached to Villella asking that he return to the board as a fulltime member and Villella agreed. He was nominated by Weimar and the board voted to approve his appointment. Weimar said he will send a letter to the Board of Selectmen asking their approval of the appointment.

The board also approved Louis Eaton as an alternate to the Planning Board. Eaton gave a brief history of his background and the board voted to appoint him as an alternate. Both Villella and Eaton will need to be sworn in.

The board learned that Tim Lavelle, James Lavelle Associates, has finally been able to obtain the trees needed to replant the erroneously cut down buffer zone at the 24 Hazel Drive boat storage site. All Outdoors gave him a price of $41,240 for the trees he needs for the replanting and when a 10 percent contingency amount is added the total amount is $45,364. This will be the amount required for a bond that will need to be posted until the buffer is planted and approved. Lavelle stated they plan to do the planting immediately before the bond is even set,

There was a discussion regarding a building approved but not constructed on the amended site plan. Town Engineer Steve Keach, Keach Nordstrom Associates, explained that since this building was on the original site plan and the first amended site plan and the requirements for building and developing the items on the site plan that were conditionally approved were met within the required time frame the  not built building remains a viable 'to be constructed' building in the future.

The only limiting condition to the board's conditional approval of the amended site plan was that no additional boats be added for storage until the buffer replanting has been completed and approved by Code Enforcement.

The board approved the Lot Line Adjustment at 37 Houstons Way. This property slips over into Derry and Derry Planning needed to sign off approving it which they did. The Hampstead Planning Board approved it and agreed to the request from Derry Planning that Derry be the entity to file the deed at the registry.

Chris Tymula, PE, GPI out of Salem, presented Buddy Collins' site plan for property at 618 Route 111.

Collins plans to use the property for his construction business. It is a 3.4 acre lot with a dwelling and a barn on it presently. Collins plans to tear down the barn, but rotate it as he reconstructs it to the same size so he has better access into it. He will use the barn for repairing his equipment and the dwelling will be a business office.

The property presently has two curb cuts. Collins plans to widen and improve and pave one and close the second. He will install a new culvert under the improved driveway. He indicated that he will be using the property to store his contractor equipment and materials. He will not be storing any landscaping material.

Tymula said they have three waivers they wish to request: one for lighting as they will not be adding any lighting; one for no landscaping design as they won't be changing anything; and, one for no soil mapping. The board decided to take up the waivers at the next hearing.

Collins would like to be able to store some of  his equipment on the property prior to the board making a final decision. It was suggested by Keach and approved by the board that he be allowed to do that as long as he provided a site plan showing where he would store equipment in a 50 by 50 foot area and a list of equipment that would be stored there.

Paul Carideo, Stormwater Committee, asked that Collins take water quality samples at the property to set a baseline and  to monitor water on a regular basis. The board suggested Collins and Carideo work this out between themselves.

The board continued this hearing to their May 2, meeting.

Doug MacGuire, Dubay Group, presented an amended site plan for changes, improvements and additions to be developed at 45 Danville Road, the site of the Hampstead Health and Fitness building that also houses a Chiropractor, a salon and other service based entities. There is also a doggy day care on site and an unused bank building.

The plan is to develop six indoor Pickle Ball court facility and six outdoor courts. The bank would be converted to a pizza shop and there would be extensive reorganizing of the parking and internal site roadways and drainage management improvements. With the indoor courts there would be a pro shop area, a small cafe and a locker rooms and showers.

Water will be provided by the Hampstead Area Water Company extending its line to service the development.

There was a discussion about the parking requirements but Keach said he felt certain they could easily meet all the requirements.

The board continued the hearing to the May 2, board meeting.

The board approved releasing the Labrador Lane $15,000 bond and interest and moved the request for the 184 Route 111, Self Storage bond release to the May 2, board meeting as more information is needed regarding what work is still to be completed at the site.

The board adopted Updated Rules of Procedures, Land Subdivision Regulations and Site Plan Regulations.

 


Hampstead Planning Board Grants 90-Day Conditional Approval to DeSilva Motor Sports
By Penny Williams    3-9-22

On Monday night, March 7, the Hampstead Planning Board granted one 90-Day Conditional Approval and continued three hearings.

Tim Lavelle, James Lavelle and Associates, presented the amended site plan for the DeSilva Motor Sports warehouse that will be located at 10 Minors Way. He said he had addressed all of the Town Engineer Steve Keach, Keach Nordstrom Associates, issues raised in his letter.

The board voted to accept jurisdiction of the amended site plan noting the address has been changed from 394 Emerson Avenue to 10 Minors Way. Keach said there are no outstanding issues and he recommended only one hearing specific condition, a professional guarantee for erosion and site restoration.

The board after a brief discussion voted to conditionally approve the amended site plan for 90 days subject to the performance guarantee approval by Keach.

Camp Tel Noar's Yurt Village project, on hold due to the COVID-19 issues, conditional approval expired on March 7, and a request was entered to extend the conditional approval period until September 6.

After a discussion about the length of time this plan has been being extended and the reasons for that and the fact the board is holding a $20,000 bond, the board voted to approve the extension.

The board continued the 24 Hazel Drive amended site plan to their next scheduled meeting, April 4. Lavelle indicated that he has been unable to obtain a price per tree or for the total of 70 trees required for replanting the area that had been clear cut. He estimated the cost would be $8,250 but that was based on his estimates from discussions with vendors since he was unable to get any firm pricing.

Keach had some suggestions of where Lavelle might be able to get pricing and recommended he chose to purchase Canada hemlocks for the trees for the planting. The board, needing a hard number for the cost, continued the hearing to April 4.

The board continued the 37 Houston's Way Lot Line Adjustment to April 4, This is because since this has to be heard by Derry since the lot line is in Derry and Derry Planning won't meet until March 16 and that board's approval is needed.

The board approved releasing the full amount of a 2001 bond held for 40 Gigante Drive and one from 2007 held for 20 Owens Court.

A notice from the state regarding a Wetlands Permit Application for the replacement of two sections of pipe connecting Johnsons Pond crossing under Route 111 was read into the record.

 


Hampstead Planning Board Denies Jurisdiction for Elderly Housing Site Plan
By Penny Williams  2-8-22

The Hampstead Planning Board met on Monday night, February 7, and addressed a very full agenda, denying jurisdiction for one application while continuing four applications and granting Conditional Approval to four other applications.

The denial of jurisdiction the board handed down was for the Elderly Housing Site Plan located at 70 and 90 Depot Road. This site plan had been previously put forward and continued to the February 7, meeting.

The Site plan had called for different types of units. Monday night it was for 10 rental duplexes, 20 units (2 bedroom units) to be developed on two lots that will be combined into one for the development. A private road will serve the duplexes and there will be shared wells but individual septic systems. Information on soil based calculations was insufficient.

Abutters at the January meeting brought up the issues of buffers, and about traffic and the safety of adding another intersection on Depot Road. Tim Lavelle, James Lavelle & Associates, presented and in January told the board he would provide a revised plan which would include a buffer.

The plan presented by Lavelle on Monday night was still missing information and the board decided to deny taking jurisdiction because of that. The plan will now have to be submitted again as a new application.

The board granted conditional approval to the following applications:

* Lavelle presented the subdivision of land at 46 James Drive that seeks to create two lots, one with the existing dwelling and a new 1.34 acre lot. All the issues raised in January had been addressed.

* Lavelle presented an amended site plan for 2 Starwood Drive, this time with the engineer's design and drainage calculations. He requested three waivers all relating to the parking area and the board approved all three waivers.

* The Lot-Line Adjustment for 91 and 99 East Main Street was granted conditional approval. Conditional Approval for this plan is subject to receipt of the State permit and that information being placed on the plan.

* Lavelle presented the Lot Line Adjustment application for 269 and 272 Merryfield Lane.  The board conditionally approved this subject to receiving a 'clean' letter from the Town Engineer, Steve Keach, Keach Nordstrom & Associates, and the bounds being set.

There were four hearing applications that were continued.

* A subdivision of land at 20 Bonnies Drive was continued until May because the applicant is returning to the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a re-hearing and the ZBA and Planning Board meeting dates push this hearing out until May.

* Lavelle presented an amended site plan for 24 Hazel Drive and it was continued to the March 7, meeting because of missing information was  not available for Monday night's meeting. At the January hearing there was a long discussion regarding this amended plan and public comment. The developer had clear cut the lot without notice to abutting residents and that and the light on the building is creating a lot of issues. Lavelle indicated that the buffer would be created where the clear cut took place but that the information regarding the type of evergreen tree (6-foot or taller) to be planted in two staggered rows needs to be gotten. Keach said once the planting has been inspected since it won't be happening during the winter his firm would set a bond relating to the restoration. The light on the building has been addressed.

* The site plan for 394 Emerson Avenue was continued to the March 7, meeting. The plan needs to change the address to 10 Minors Way and there needs to be a letter from Keach. The board declined to take jurisdiction but continued this plan, waiting for the needed information and engineer's letter.

* The Lot Line Adjustment for 37 Houstons Way was continued to the March 7, meeting. The applicant is purchasing a lot that crosses the Hampstead/Derry lines. This plan will also have to go to Derry but Keach felt that would not be an issue. The board accepted jurisdiction of the plan and continued it to March 7, when Lavelle would have the information Keach requested.

The board briefly discussed the Master Plan and where that is at as well as the Capital Improvement Plan for Hampstead.

The board discussed the information regarding the Board of Selectmen's decision that draft minutes should be posted on the web if boards and committees are ok with doing that. The Planning Board voted to post draft minutes.

 


Hampstead Planning Board Continues All Old and New Business to February Meeting
By Penny Williams 1-4-22

The Hampstead Planning Board met Monday night, January 3, and continued its full slate of hearings to its February meeting.

The Briana Wood Subdivision, located at 651 Main Street, saw its Conditional Approval expire on January 3. Tim Lavelle, Lavelle Associates, presenting the subdivision on behalf of developer Maison Belle, apologized for still not having the data from the subdivision's engineer.

This the subdivision has been dominated by efforts to preserve and protect the historic Endicott Pear Tree. The 8 lot subdivision plan with has a single Cul de Sac - Endicott Lane.

Board members were upset at another continuation but after a discussion approved continuing the Conditional Approval until the February 7, meeting.

Lavelle presented the subdivision of land at 46 James Drive, that seeks to create two lots, one with the existing dwelling and a new 1.34 acre lot. Lavelle said all the things Town Engineer Steve Keach, Keach and Nordstrom Associates, had asked him to put on the plan had been done. However, he had just sent the updated plan that day and Keach had not had an opportunity to review it. The board groused about continuing plans but approved continuing this to the February 7, meeting.

The amended site plan for 2 Starwood Drive was also presented by Lavelle. He indicated that he is still waiting for the engineer's design and drainage calculations to complete this amended sit plan presentation. He requested a continuation to the February 7, meeting and the board approved his request.

The amended site plan for 24 Hazel Drive was presented by Lavelle who said he had it ready but somehow when he went to print it out he lost it but has tech people coming in the morning to retrieve it.

There was a long discussion regarding this amended plan and public comment. The developer had clear cut the lot without notice to abutting residents and the light on the building is creating a lot of issues as is the fact the property was clear cut.

There have been issues on this lot from the get go. Storage of units were placed on the property without permission and now Code Enforcement is demanding the light issue be corrected.

Due to zoning regulations a buffer must be created where the clear cut took place so Code Enforcement wants, as does the Planning Board, a complete restoration plan. Keach also recommended that the Planning Board insist on a bond relating to the restoration since it won't be happening during the winter. The abutting resident is clearly upset over the clear cut of the forest area and the storage trailers.

The board approved continuing this to the February 7, meeting but said the light should be fixed immediately and a restoration plan developed that would be provided to the board and to Code Enforcement.

An Elderly Housing Site Plan was presented for 70 and 90 Depot Road. There will be 10 rental duplexes and 40 bedrooms on two lots that will be combined into one for the development. A private road will serve the duplexes and there will be shared wells but individual septic systems. The board wouldn't take jurisdiction of the proposed plan and Lavelle said he would provide a revised plan which would include a buffer.

Abutters brought up the issue of traffic and the safety of adding another intersection on Depot Road. After the discussion the board continued this to the February 7, meeting when the board will consider accepting jurisdiction of the plan if it properly amended.

Finally the board continued the proposed site plan for 394 Emerson Avenue. DeSilva Motor Sports wants to construct a storage facility on their lot which is across Minors Way from their main store. There are some issues relating to Minors Way that Keach wants to research further.

The owners of the Plaza that is on Emerson Avenue and has access to Minors Way and the plaza septic system off of Minors Way, raised maintenance of Minor Way concerns but their issues need to basically be worked out between themselves and DeSilva.

However, there were things missing from the plan so the board continued consideration of the proposed site plan to the February 7, meeting.

The board read and approved the three proposed zoning amendments and moved them forward to a Warrant Article..

 


 

 

 

 


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


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