Planning & Zoning Board Notices & Minutes

Jan 12, 2016

Approved Zoning Board Minutes Jan 12, 2016

6:00 PM

Present: Chairman Eddy Moore, Jessica Daine, Heidi Hurley, Guy Harriman, Jerry LeSage, and Joanna Ray (recording secretary)

Excused: Vice Chair Sean Sweeney and Art Tighe

Others: Mark Stewart, Val Poulsen, and Diane Poulsen

Chairman Moore called the meeting to order and designated Guy Harriman and Jerry LeSage as voting members. There were no conflicts noted. The hearing was noticed in the Caledonian Record, abutters were notified and the hearing fees were paid. The case was accepted as complete.

RHTL Partners LLC, Owners – ZBA16-01 – Request for a Special Exception relating to Article IV, Sections 4.02.04 & 4.02.05 of the Littleton Zoning Ordinance to allow a parking lot for primary use on Meadow Street, tax map 90-3, in the C-I and Rural zones.

Mark Stewart, agent for the owners, presented the request. The owners need space to store inventory. There will be no lights or utilities. The cars will be delivered to the dealership and then shuttled to this location. There will not be any sales at this location, no tree cutting or additional roads. The cars will be parked on the grass. There will be approximately a dozen trips per day to bring autos back to the dealership.

Val Poulsen commented on how the current unloading process is dangerous. Mark Stewart stated the cars are supposed to be unloaded on site.

Val Poulsen owns the lot across the street and does not have any problem with the proposed, but was unsure why they deeded to apply. Chairman Moore explained the reason is because the parcel will be used as a parking lot without any associated retail on the same site.

Jerry LeSage asked how many cars will be stored here. Mark Stewart replied that there will be about 50-80 cars. Val Poulsen agreed that there was enough room for that many.

Chairman Moore read the following facts submitted by the applicant. This specific site is an appropriate location for such a use because it has direct access to and from a major commercial highway. The property values in the district will not be reduced because this is currently a commercial area. No nuisance or unreasonable hazard will result because all loading and unloading will occur within the property and off the highway. The parking area will be maintained by the owner/applicant.

Chairman Moore closed the public input.

Jerry LeSage made a motion to approve ZBA16-01. Guy Harriman second the motion. The Board discussed Chief Mercieri’s letter regarding any potential gas spills on the lot. The applicant was informed that this is a concern. Another concern was from George McNamara at the highway garage. George would like to make sure the applicant leaves the Town sewer man holes accessible. The last email the Board received was from NHDOT that states a change in use driveway permit needs to be applied for.

The following conditions were applied to the approval:

  • Up to 80 autos may be stored on-site
  • Applicant must keep the Town sewer man hole structures accessible
  • Applicant must comply with all Federal, State, and Local regulations

The motion passed 5-0.

December 22, 2015. Guy Harriman made a motion to approve the minutes as written. Jerry LeSage second the motion. The motion passed 5-0.

At 6:30, Jessica Daine made a motion to adjourn. Jerry LeSage second the motion. The motion passed 5-0.

Submitted by,
Joanna Ray