Planning & Zoning Board Notices & Minutes

Aug 1, 2017

Approved Planning Board Minutes - August 1, 2017

6:30 P.M.



PRESENT:  Chair Linda MacNeil, Mary Menzies, Bruce Ralston, Milton Bratz, and Joanna Ray (recording secretary)


EXCUSED:  Jim Daly and Vice Chair Tony J. Ilacqua


ABSENT:  Colin Trahan and Val Poulsen


OTHERS:  Tara Bamford, Planner from North Country Council 


Chair MacNeil called the meeting to order at 6:30.


Minutes from July 18, 2017

Milton Bratz made a motion to approve the minutes as written.  Mary Menzies second the motion.  The motion passed by all.


Master Plan discussion

Tara told the Board she has reviewed the current Master Plan.  Chair MacNeil asked Tara what items should be included in the plan.  Tara stated that specific chapters must be in the plan.  RSA 674:2, II states the Master Plan shall include, at a minimum, a Vision Chapter and Land Use Chapter.  An Implementation Chapter is also important.  The Implementation Chapter is like a road map for the Town.  There was agreement that there is a lot of good material in the current plan, but perhaps too much.  Tara suggested the Board go back to the Implementation Chapter and review what items have been completed and which ones have not.  The Board needs to ask why some items have not been implemented yet. After the Board reviews the Implementation Chapter, they might have questions for the public. 


The Board discussed hiring someone to help with updating the entire document.  North Country Council charges an estimated $15,000 to help with the update.  The update takes two years.  A private consultant can cost an estimated $35,000.  Milton stated the Board would have to propose a warrant article to cover the cost.


Tara offered to organize a visioning meeting this fall.  This meeting will help engage the public regarding what they want to see in the Master Plan. 


The Board discussed how the Capital Improvement Program relates to the Master Plan.  The current CIP is for 2013-2018. The Town Manager has asked for each department to review the current plan, look at what items have been completed, note the completion date, and create a list of future items to be considered for the plan.  Milton made a motion to designate Andrew Dorsett to take the lead in getting the information.  Joanna Ray, support staff, has been in contact with departments with Andrew’s request for information.  Chair MacNeil asked Joanna to inform Andrew that the Planning Board wants a report of the findings from the departments by the Board’s October 3, 2017 meeting.  The findings should include all of the departments. 


The Board agreed to meet on August 15, 2017 to do a review of the Implementation Chapter of the Master Plan.  After the review, a meeting for public input on September 19, 2017 will be scheduled and noticed in the newspaper.   


At 7:35, Bruce made a motion to adjourn.  Mary second the motion.  The motion passed by all.


Submitted by,

Joanna Ray