Planning & Zoning Board Notices & Minutes

Nov 25, 2019

Approved Planning Board Minutes - October 15, 2019


LITTLETON PLANNING BOARD
COMMUNITY CENTER HEALD ROOM
120 MAIN STREET
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2019
6:00 PM
APPROVED

 

PRESENT: Chair Tony J. Ilacqua, Vice Chair Mary Menzies, Milton Bratz, Carrie Gendreau, Val Poulsen, Calvin Beaulier, Kristyn Mueller, and Joanna Ray (recording secretary)

EXCUSED: Bruce Ralston and Colin Trahan

OTHERS:  Dick Boulanger, Jere Eames, Steve Whitman, and Liz Kelly

Chair Ilacqua called the meeting to order at 6:00.  Calvin and Kristyn will be voting members for this meeting.

Review of minutes

September 17, 2019.  Milton made a motion to approve the minutes as written.  Val seconded the motion.  The motion passed by all.

The Board moved to the following discussion – Tax maps 93-41 & 93-43 (Eastgate Motor Inn & Exit 41 Motor Inn) are in both the C-I and R-I zones.  Jere Eames, owner of Exit 41 Motor Inn, has requested that the properties be zoned completely C-I.  These properties are currently in both zones and it makes sense to have them in one zone. These properties have a long history of being used commercially. Other properties in the area have also been rezoned to C-I through warrant articles. Dick mentioned to the Board that there is a required buffer area and it currently exists.  All abutters will be notified of any public hearings so that they can voice their concerns.  Jere added that the neighboring residences have not been negatively affected over the years from the commercial business being next door. Vice Chair Menzies asked about the other lots nearby that are also in multiple zones. Chair Ilacqua suggested that other property owners can come forward if they want to clear up what zone their property is in.  The current request is for these two lots.

Vice Chair Menzies made a motion for the Planning Board to present a warrant article to change the zones of tax map 93-41& 93-44 from C-I and R-I to only C-I. Milton seconded the motion.  The motion passed by all.

Resilience Planning & Design

Steve and Liz reviewed the existing “future land use” map with the Board. Any comments from the draft introduction and land use chapter can be emailed to Liz.  

The Board moved on to discuss potential Zoning Ordinance amendments.

Short-term rentals.  The topic has been brought to the Planning & Zoning Office.  Milton explained that the Littleton Zoning Ordinance is a permissive ordinance.  If a use is not listed as permitted, then it is not permitted.  Our current Zoning Ordinance does not address short-term rentals such as Airbnb. Milton added that temporary occupancy means the unit is no longer a residential use.  The suggestion was to add short-term rentals to the list of permitted uses and not to restrict them. Not adding this use to the Zoning Ordinance would mean they are in violation.  The Board discussed the pros and cons associated.  Milton made a motion for the board to move forward with a warrant article to allow short-term rentals.  This will allow the voters to decide.  Calvin seconded the motion.  The motion passed by all.

Flood Plain Ordinance update.  Milton explained that the Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) has offered an update to our current ordinance.  The update does not change the regulations. It offers clarity.  Milton added that he spoke with Samara Ebinger, from OSI, regarding the enforcement.  The current ordinance is supposed to be enforced by a building inspector.  The Town does not have one.  Samara suggested the Town designate a Flood Plain Administrator or Administration.  This could be a group of two or three employees.  Kristyn asked if this would be for new development.  Milton replied yes.  Kristyn also asked if there could be a more specific definition of mobile homes.  Calvin replied that the State defines those.  The Board will continue the review of the proposed update and decide at a later date if this should be put on the warrant.

At 7:55, Calvin made a motion to adjourn.  Val seconded the motion.  The motion passed by all.

Submitted by,

Joanna Ray