Planning & Zoning Board Notices & Minutes

Feb 19, 2019

Approved Planning Board Minutes - February 19, 2019

6:00 PM

PRESENT: Chair Linda MacNeil, Val Poulsen, Franco Rossi, Milton Bratz, and Joanna Ray (recording secretary)


EXCUSED: Vice Chair Tony J. Ilacqua, Bruce Ralston, Jim Daly, Mary Menzies, and Colin Trahan


OTHERS:  Dave Harkless, Alex Belensz (Planner, North Country Council) and Liz Kelly (Resilience Planning & Design)


Chair MacNeil called the meeting to order at 6:00. Milton was designated a voting member for this meeting.


Public Hearing on the Littleton Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Improvement Plan.


Alex Belensz was present to speak about the Plan. The process for creating this Plan was about a year and half.  It is focused on the downtown area and is not funded by the Town of Littleton.  The Plan covers the current waking and bike network.  This is an advisory plan with suggested improvement areas.  Some of the recommendations are bike lanes, shared lanes or advisory shoulders, separated facilities (sidewalks, bike paths, and side paths), traffic calming infrastructure, and narrower travel lanes.  Reviewing the lack of walking or biking area beyond Walmart on Meadow Street was suggested.  Minor corrections were also noted.


Riverside Drive was mentioned.  Alex stated that the rail to trail project is there and will be helpful.  Milton asked about the sidewalk cost implications. Alex replied that there are grants to apply for.  Chair MacNeil stated that this would be a good connection for the dog park. Milton added that it would be good for the community to have bike lanes here. Franco added that it was a good plan to have and useful when a project comes up in a specific area. 


Alex informed the Board that edits would be made and he would come back to the Board for a 5 minute presentation.


Dave asked if any changes are being started now.  Alex replied that the TAP addresses Mill Street and Cottage Street.  Dave asked if there is room for bike lanes.  Alex replied that areas are being looked at to see if they have to be shared lanes or separate.  Chair MacNeil added that Riverside Drive should be the first target area.  Milton stated the bridge would be connected to the Riverwalk.  Dave agreed and stated that there is a lot of interest in this area for bicyclists.  Milton suggested a committee to prioritize the list of suggested improvements.  Alex stated that Riverside Drive could be the first test of the improvements by adding striping and reviewing the success after one year.  There were no disagreements to that idea.


Meeting with Resilience Planning & Design LLC

  • Natural Hazards
  • Historical and Cultural Resources
  • Utilities and Public Services


Liz stated that the Town’s Hazard Mitigation Plan was so well written that she did not want to duplicate those efforts in the Natural Hazards chapter.  The HMP will be referenced.  Milton and Franco stated the chapter read well.  The Flood Insurance Program section will be reviewed and the numbers updated.


There was some feedback on the Historical and Cultural Resources chapter.  Dick Alberini from the Historical Society has been asked to review the chapter and offer his input.  Liz will make the suggested changes from the Board such as adding the Library and changing Town Office references to the Opera House.


Liz has contacted Littleton Water & Light with questions regarding the Utilities and Public Services chapter.


The Community Facilities chapter will be discussed on March 19, 2019.  Public outreach efforts will start in April. 


Merge of tax maps 89-16 & 89-17.  Milton made a motion to approve the merge.  Val seconded the motion.  The motion passed by all.


Review of January 29, 2019 minutes.  Milton made a motion to approve the minutes.  Val seconded the motion.  The motion passed by all.


At 7:45, Milton made a motion to adjourn.  Val seconded the motion.  The motion passed by all.


Submitted by,

Joanna Ray