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Apr 25, 2017

Approved Zoning Board Minutes - April 25, 2017


LITTLETON ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT
TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017
LITTLETON COMMUNITY HOUSE
120 MAIN STREET
6:00 PM
APPROVED MINUTES

PRESENT:  Chairman Eddy Moore, Jessica Daine, David Rochefort, Ralph Hodgman, Jim McMahon III, Guy Harriman, and Joanna Ray (recording secretary)

EXCUSED:   Jerry LeSage

OTHERS PRESENT:  Mark Champagne and Tom Smith

Chairman Moore called the meeting to order at 6:00.  Guy Harriman will be a voting member for this meeting.

Review March 28, 2017 minutes

Jessica made a motion to approve the minutes as written.  David second the motion.  The motion passed by all.

Mark W. Champagne, owner & applicant – ZBA17-05 – Request for a Special Exception relating to Article IV, Section 4.02.04 of the Littleton Zoning Ordinance to allow a General Service Garage at 1599 Mount Eustis Rd, tax map 101-8, in the Rural zone.

No conflicts were noted.  Jessica reviewed the case file and Chairman Moore accepted it as complete.  Jessica read the following memo of events provided by Joanna in the Planning and Zoning Office:

April 25, 2017 MEMO TO THE LITTLETON ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT REGARDING ZBA17-05   MARK CHAMPAGNE

  • April 10, 2017 – Mr. Champagne dropped off the Special Exception application for a general service garage on his property located at 1599 Mount Eustis Road.
  • April 11, 2017 – I sent out certified notices to abutters in Littleton & Lisbon.  This included a letter to the Lisbon Town Office.
  • April 15, 2017 – Jan Marshall, Lisbon ZBA Chair, came by my office.  She was designated to find out more about the proposed project.
  • April 18, 2017 – Jan Marshall emailed me to make sure I had mailed all appropriate abutters.  Jan also informed me of her legal opinion regarding RSA 674:53 IV.  Jan requested that, due to the access being located in Lisbon, I inform the applicant that this statute states he must apply to the Lisbon Planning Board.  I passed this message and statute reference along to Mr. Champagne on April 19, 2017.  I also suggested to him that he contact the Lisbon PB to get that ball rolling.
  • April 24, 2017 – Mr. Champagne informed me that Attorney Mark Russell said it is up to the Town to find out what approvals may be required from the Town of Lisbon.  NHMA confirmed his statement by citing RSA 674:53, Paragraph II. 
  • As you can see from the April 18 note above, I complied with the State Statute that requires me to find out what regulations Mr. Champagne will need to comply with in the Town of Lisbon.

 

Tom Smith presented a plan to the Board.  The property is on the Littleton/Lisbon town line.  The property currently has a house and garage.  The plan is to remove both and construct a 77’ X 200’ garage.  The current driveway is in Lisbon and is included in Mark’s deed.  The Littleton frontage is too steep for a driveway.  This property also has spring rights on an abutting lot.  This is noted in the deed.  The new building meets the required 50’ setbacks.

Mark told the Board that he has been paying rent at another location and he has decided to invest in his own building in Littleton.  He needs a building that he can work on his business equipment.  This is a good location because it is near the Industrial Park area.  The building will be an estimated 15,600 sq. ft. and 35’ high because of the overhead crane.  All of the equipment can be maintained here.  Most of this is earth moving equipment.

David asked if Mark also owned the land in Lisbon.  Mark replied yes, but it is through a different deed. The ROW is on Schofield’s property for about 50’ before it reaches Mark’s property.

Ralph asked if Mark had any plans for the Lisbon property.  Mark replied that he had no plans to develop at this time.  Mark also stated that he heard Lisbon would like to see this area developed.

Chairman Moore said he would like to see the Littleton Park expanded into Lisbon. 

There were no other abutters present and no other interested parties wanting to give input.

Ralph asked about the water rights from the abutting property.  Mark replied that it is a well line.  A different abutting property has a sewerage pump station.  Mark is using his existing septic system and not tying into the town system at this time.  There are not too many employees in the shop during the summer.  There is only about four in the shop during the winter.  Tom stated that State requirements are minimal for this size. 

Ralph asked about the condition of Mount Eustis Road.  Mark replied that it is in bad condition due to truck traffic.  He would like to see it fixed up.

The Board reviewed the submitted facts and closed the public input portion of the hearing to deliberate.

The Board agreed that this is an appropriate location.  There is a similar building in this area.

The Board agreed that abutters on residential side will not be impacted.

The Board agreed that there will not be a nuisance or unreasonable hazard.  There were no abutters present to disagree.

The Board agreed that the applicant provided information that water and septic is adequate.

The Board cannot do anything about the road conditions.  David stated that the town has done their part per RSA 674:53.  Lisbon was informed and the proposal has been discussed with a Lisbon representative. 

All Board members agreed with the findings of the facts.  The applicant will need to contact Lisbon for approvals they find are necessary.

Ralph asked about the note on the plan for a future septic system.  This is an approximate location for a system in the future. 

David made a motion to approve Mark W. Champagne, owner & applicant – ZBA17-05 – Request for a Special Exception relating to Article IV, Section 4.02.04 of the Littleton Zoning Ordinance to allow a General Service Garage at 1599 Mount Eustis Rd, tax map 101-8, in the Rural zone with the following condition:

  • The applicant must comply with all Federal, State, and Local regulations.

Jessica second the motion.  The motion passed 5-0 

The Board will meet again on May 9, 2017.

At 7:00, Jessica made a motion to adjourn.  Guy second the motion.  The motion passed.

Submitted by,|
Joanna Ray