2022 Sandown Planning Board Meetings

Sandown Planning Board’s 65 Odell Road Subdivision Hearing Continued and Future Planning Board Meetings start at 6:30 PM
By Penny Williams      4-20-22

On Tuesday evening, April 19, the Sandown Planning Board met and found its only Public Hearing had been continued.

The board received a request from James Lavelle & Associates to continue to the board's May 17, meeting, the Public Hearing for a Subdivision Application submitted by Michael Cronin for property at 65 Odell Road. This is a minor subdivision seeking to subdivide one lot into three lots.

At the March 15, hearing, James Lavelle said the changes to site plan include improvements to the turn around on one parcel that the fire chief had requested and that the driveway will be named Cronin's Way. The street numbers will be 6, 12, and 18, as per the Fire Chief Michael Devine.

The hearing was continued to April 19, when Lavelle indicated he would have the Dredge and Fill permit and a clean letter from Town Engineer Steve Keach, Keach Nordstrom & Associates

The board briefly discussed whether yet another continuance of this particular application was justified and decided since the site plan and its changes had been provided at the last meeting this continuance request should be allowed. The board voted to approve the continuance. However, they discussed capping continuances in the future to two before requesting the applicant start over unless significant progress has been demonstrated.

The board discussed a suggestion from Selectman liaison Tom Tombarello to start the Planning Board meetings at 6:30 p.m. rather than 7 p.m. similar to the change the Selectmen had made several years ago.

Board members liked the idea of starting at 6:30 p.m. and decided to try it starting at the May meeting.

The board discussed briefly capping a meeting's length and pointed out pluses and minuses of doing so. They decided to discuss this possibility again at a later date.

The board nominated Chair John White to be a member of the Rockingham Planning Commission representing Sandown. The board's recommendation will now go to the Board of Selectmen for appointment.

The board then shifted into a work session to discuss Site Access and Parking issues and Building on Class VI Roads.



Chair of the Heritage Commission Attends Sandown Planning Board Meeting and Odell Road Subdivision Continued
By Penny Williams    3-16-21

On Tuesday night, March 15, the Chair of the Heritage Commission, Pamela Gaudreau, explained to the Planning Board about the role of the Heritage Commission and her desire to have developers check properties for possible ancient structures for identification purposes before developments obliterate them.

The Heritage Commission's role is to provide proper recognition, use and protection of resources that are valued for their historic, cultural, aesthetic or common significance with their natural, built or cultural contexts.

Gaudreau explained that she has located many really old structures, similar to those that can be viewed at Stonehenge in Salem, on property in Sandown and many on her own property. She said she has tried every way she knows to get the State to come and look at some of the sites and take an interest in them but has failed to succeed in this effort. But she has verified that at least some of the structures and stones are indeed ancient sites.

Her plea to the Planning Board was two-fold: One she hoped someone on the Planning Board would come be on the Heritage Commission. The second was that the Planning Board would make developers aware of the potential for such sites and to have them identified and protected as part of a development.

On the first she caught the attention of Planning Board member, Tricia Edris who will become a Planning Board member on the Heritage Commission. Edris also asked Gaudreau for a tour of the sites and Gaudreau said anytime.

John White suggested that something could be added to the Site Plan Regulations that would drive asking developers to inspect the proposed parcel to be developed to see if there are any potential historic sites and if so to identify them. Gaudreau stated that this would in no way impede a project.

Her presentation introduced Planning Board members to some of the things she has identified and she said she has used LIDAR technology to see things that underground and had Salem's America's Stonehenge people over to review some of the structures she has found and they had verified them as ancient historical structures and sites.

James Lavelle, James Lavelle & Associates presented an amended site plan for Michael Cronin's property located at 65 Odell Road. This is a minor subdivision seeking to subdivide one lot into three lots.

Lavelle asked for a Recreation requirement waiver and offered a $1,000 donation to the Recreation Department for each of the two new lots being created in lieu of providing recreation development for the lots. The board approved the waiver.

Lavelle said the changes to site plan include the improvements to the turn around on one parcel that the fire chief had requested and that the driveway will be named Cronin's Way. The street numbers will be 6, 12, and 18, as per the Fire Chief Michael Devine.

After a brief discussion Lavelle asked for a continuance to the next board meeting, April 19, when he would have the Dredge and Fill permit and a clean letter from Town Engineer Steve Keach, Keach Nordstrom & Associates. The board approved the continuance request.

The board then discussed reorganization after Vice Chair John White was sworn in by selectmen's liaison Eric Olsen after his re-election to the board at the recent town elections..

Planning Board Secretary Ed Mencis suggested just keeping the officers as they are today. There was a brief discussion between White and Ernest Brown the current Chair as to whether Brown would like to take a break from being chair and White take an opportunity to air his ideas as Chair. In the end the board approved White as Chair, Brown as Vice Chair and Mencis will continue as secretary. 


Sandown Planning Board Approve Town Site Plan Regulation Changes
By Penny Williams    5-17-22

The Sandown Planning Board met Tuesday, February 15, and held a public hearing for the changes the board had worked on to the town's Site Plan Regulations regarding Landscaping and approved the changes.

The board held the public hearing to amend article VI Section A-C and replace it with an updated set of requirements concerning Landscaping. The board developed the changes and John White, Vice Chair noted the changes take this section from a single page of requirements to a four page set of amended requirements. This included the purposes, definitions, terms, general requirements, some specific requirements and touches on residential buffering, line of site at intersections, and screening for unsightly features.

Town Engineer Steve Keach, Keach Nordstrom & Associates indicated since the board had developed these amended regulations and approved them and no one from the public appeared to comment or question all the board needed to do was to vote to accept the amended Site Plan changes regarding Landscaping. The board voted unanimously to accept the proposed amended requirements.

The board held a public hearing for a subdivision application submitted by Michael Cronin for property located at 65 Odell Road that was presented by Tim Lavelle, Lavelle & Associates.

Lavelle said he was waiting to hear from Fire Chief Michael Devine regarding his redesigned driveway and that Keach had not had the plan long enough to comment on it as yet. He indicated that the single driveway crosses two properties to access the third. He asked for and was granted a continuance to the board's March 15, meeting.

Lavelle presented a subdivision application on behalf of Alexander Oski, for property located at 127 Odell Road, for subdividing one lot into 3 smaller lots. Lavelle indicated that his design proposed a 10-foot easement across the roadside for all three lots. He said he had added the impact fee note on the plan but was waiting for the State Approval of the Subdivision.

He requested two waivers. The first was to not have to meet the road shoulder improvement regulation since Odell Road is to be redone. The board approved this waiver request.

The second waiver was for not having to construct a recreation area on the property but to donate to the Recreation Commission Fund a donation of $1,000 for each of the two new lots being created. The board approved this waiver.

The board conditionally approved the application.

Lavelle presented a lot line adjustment application on behalf of Andrew Pellerin and Bradley and Denice Walker Revocable Trust for property on Hemlock Circle and Laurel Hill. The lot line adjustment will correct an existing situation and Keach said all issues had been addressed. The board took jurisdiction of the application and then voted to approve it.

Daniel Johnson, Plaistow Consultants, presented an subdivision application on behalf of Daniel Ronan for property located at 607 Main Street. The parcel is a 8.4 acre parcel and the plan proposes to carve out a new 1.9 acre lot.

Johnson indicated that he had the NH DES Subdivision Approval but waiting on the  NH DOT permit for the driveway.

He asked for a waiver from the recreation requirement and offered a $1,000 donation to the Recreation Commission Fund in lieu of developing a recreation area on the site. The board granted that waiver request.

Since Keach said this was a minor subdivision application the board could go ahead and conditionally approve it subject to getting the NH DOT permit. The board conditionally approved the subdivision application.

The board reduced the Bond on Valerie Way/Bobcat Way down to $4,800 which will be held until the spring when the rest of the work would be done.

There was a discussion about water issues on Pillsbury Road but it was noted they are not due to the adjacent development. Town road work is planned to take care of these water and drainage issues.

Sandown Planning Board Continues Public Hearings for Two Odell Road Properties to February
By Penny Williams     1-19-22

The Sandown Planning Board met on Tuesday evening, January 18, and addressed two public hearings, both of which were continued to February.

The first hearing was a subdivision application submitted by Michael Cronin for property located at 65 Odell Road that originally appeared before the board back in April, 2021. Since that time there have been repeated requests for continuation of this application.

At the board's December meeting, based on information regarding what the board could do from Town Engineer Steve Keach,  Keach Nordstrom Associates, the board made the decision to write a letter to Cronin requesting his or his representative's presence at the January 18,  meeting. The board felt that if a further request for continuance is made the board would be in a position to deny that continuance and if no one came to the hearing in January,  the applications could be refused and Cronin would have to re-apply from the beginning again.

Tim Lavelle, James Lavelle & Associates, presented the revised Cronin plan and took the blame for the delay and getting this subdivision plan before the board. He said he had the revised plans and he quickly reviewed the subdivision proposal.

The subdivision contemplates a 3 lot subdivision with a shared driveway. A Variance had been provided for the 205-foot frontage of the two lots on Class VI Hersey Road.

Fire Chief Michael Devine had some concerns regarding the proposal. He wants a turnaround sufficient for his fire trucks to be able to turn around. In addition he wants the single driveway to be named (possibly Cronin's Way) to meet 911 requirements and the 20-foot  driveway/private road continue as a 20-foot roadway to the third house lot, not narrowing down to 12-feet.

Lavelle said all these requests can be and will be met. But he still needs the state subdivision permit and the wetlands permit where the driveway crosses a small wetland area.

Keach told Lavelle he will need to take the proposal to the Board of Selectmen for them to provide authorization for construction and occupancy for the two new lots in exchange for a hold harmless for municipal liability to be which can be filed at the registry for the lots since they are on a Class VI roadway.  Keach asked that this hold harmless documentation be noted on each of the lot plans.

The wetlands impact is limited and the proposed plan has a permit from the Conservation Commission for it. In addition, there will be a waiver for Cronin to provide a donation in lieu of the Recreational Subdivision requirement.

He requested a continuance to the February 15, board meeting so he could make the necessary changes and updates on the plan and the board approved it.

The second Public Hearing, also presented by Tim Lavelle, was for a subdivision on behalf of Alexander Oski for property located at 127 Odell Road. The proposal would split the existing five parcels that have been voluntarily combined into a single lot into three smaller properties.

The present dwelling will remain on the 127 Odell Road lot, a second lot will be accessed from Odell Road and the third lot will be accessed from Pine Ridge Acres.
The two new lots will have wells and septic.
The board took jurisdiction of the Site plan as it is complete. Keach said it is a 'minor subdivision' and needs only the State Subdivision permit.
He also recommended that a waiver from having to do road shoulder work on Odell be requested as that portion of Odell is going to be reconstructed. A waiver for making a donation rather than providing a recreation area for the subdivision should also be requested. And, lastly, driveway permits would need to be gotten from Public Works Director Arthur Genualdo.
One resident spoke about concerns regarding runoff and drainage on Pine Ridge Acres and he was reassured that there would be no impact for his property by Keach.
Lavelle requested a continuance to the February 15, board meeting which was approved.
The Planning Board members spent some time discussing with Keach the Landscape Regulations that have been developed and the board also briefly discussed its Annual Report.






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

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