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Planning Board Minutes 06/02/2016
June 2, 2016
Regular Meeting

Members & Staff Present:                
Jeanne Cahoon(Vice-Chair)  Chris Condon (Chair) Michael Frosch (Member)
 Colleen Giffin (Planning Assistant)   Bob Holmes   (Member)                                    
Janet McEwen (Member)   Carol Ogilvie (Consultant Planner)   John Robertson (Ex-Effico)
Members Absent: Steve MacDonald (Member) Elsa Voelcker (Alternate) Michael Frosch (Member)   
 Public Attendees:  Lynne Rosansky  

7:00PM Public Meeting:
Chair Condon opened the meeting at 7:00.

Approve May 19  Meeting Minutes
Mr. Holmes moved to approve the meeting minutes of May 19. Mr. Robertson seconded.
Vote:  By a voice vote, all agreed.

Home Based Businesses and Home Occupation
Ms.  Ogilvie combined the Home Occupation Article XIII Special Exceptions and the Home based Business Article XIV-A.
She has had extra regulations to this new combined ordinance.
  • Home Occupation-has no impact on the properties.
  • Professional Services- off site employees and some customer traffic.
  • Home Industry- light manufacturing with a few non-resident employees and some large “take home” equipment. Such as tractors, skidders, tow trucks, etc.
From Home based Business Article XIV-A.
C.  Home Based Businesses require a home based business permit in order to operate.

E.  Time period – Home Based Business Permits are granted for an indefinite time period or until a change of ownership.

Discussion ensued about having businesses having to get a permit.
The businesses that are already established would be grandfathered in as they are now.

Chair Condon made the suggestion that the Board go the new article that combines the two articles line-by-line. Ms. McEwen read the definitions from the zooming ordinances:
Definitions were discussed.
HOME BASED BUSINESS: Any commercial activity engaged in by the resident or residents of a property that is clearly secondary to the use of the property as a residence and that meets at least one of the criteria for a Home Based Business listed in Article XIV-A Supplemental Regulations. (Requires Site Plan Review – Adopted March 13, 2007)

HOME OCCUPATION: Any commercial activity carried on entirely within a dwelling or other structure accessory to the dwelling by the resident thereof and up to one non-resident employee and does not meet any of the criteria for a Home Based Business listed in Article XIV-A Supplemental Regulations. (Does not require Site Plan Review – Adopted March 13, 2007)

HOME OFFICE: An office, used by the occupant of the home, which does not involve regular or frequent visitation by others.

The Board was in agreeance that if a home business did not affect anyone outside of the home it did not need a permit.
The Board questioned how many permits had been given out by the town to any home businesses?
Mr. Robertson asked the question, who decides what a nuisance is and what is not?
Ms. McEwen read from the definitions what is considered a nuisance;
A.  Not create objectionable noise, odor, vibration, smoke, dust, heat, glare or unsightly conditions noticeable off the premises.
B.  Not create electronic interference.
C.  Not create a safety, health, or environmental hazard.
D.  Provide for adequate off-street parking facilities for employees and visitors.
E.  Not be allowed in Multi-family dwellings.

Chair Condon has some concerns about some of the wording in the Home Industry section about non-resident and  Ms. Ogilvie cleared that up by explaining her meaning to be employees not living in town.
The Board continued to discuss what details should be re-written.
Ms. Cahoon had some concerns about the whole section of Home Industry.
Chair Condon questioned the
Ms. Ogilvie suggested that perhaps these two categories should be separate, but with clearer criteria.  

The Board asked Ms. Ogilvie to re-write the article again using the new input from the board and present another draft at the next meeting.

Home Accessory
The changes  made to this law are only being made to be consistent with the new state law.
See attached.

Joint Meeting with Zoning Board of Adjustment
  • Lot mergers, conforming lots,
What comes before them that is difficult to deal with?
  • Discuss what we learned at the OEP conference
Capitol Improvement Plan
Planning Board members on the CIP will be Ms. Cahoon and Mr. MacDonald. Ms. McEwen has stepped down.
The Select board will be charged with filling in the rest of the members.
The Board has agreed to send a letter to the present CIP members to invite them to the July 7th meeting to discuss CIP.

Correspondence: DES wetland permit, minutes from Antrim 2020 committee.
Workshops & Trainings: OEP Conference this Saturday June 4 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.
Motion: Mr. Holmes made a motion to adjourn Ms. Cahoon seconded the motion.
Vote:  By a voice vote, all agreed.

Meeting adjourned 8:20

Respectfully Submitted By,
Colleen Giffin
Secretary of the Planning Board


(Adopted March 9, 2004; Amended March 13, 2007; March ___, 2017)
[Options for regulating: (1) as a matter of right; (2) by conditional use permit; or (3) by Special Exception.)
NOTE: Except for a little bit of wordsmithing, the changes made are only to be consistent with the new state law.
1. Purpose & Intent: In order to provide for non-rental housing alternatives for immediate family members or family caregivers, a single family home may contain not more than one (1) accessory living unit.
To provide for housing alternatives for immediate family members or family caregivers; to increase the supply of affordable housing without building more infrastructure or developing more land; and to respond to a growing need for more diverse housing opportunities.
2. Definition: Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) means a residential living unit that is within or attached to a single–family dwelling, and that provides independent living facilities for one or more persons, including provisions for sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation on the same parcel of land as the principal dwelling unit it accompanies.
3. Criteria:
a. A single family home may contain not more than one (1) ADU.
b. The ADU shall be within or attached to the primary dwelling unit. A detached ADU is allowed when located on a lot that has twice the minimum required lot size.

c. The ADU shall be occupied by no more than two (2) unrelated persons.

d. The ADU shall have a minimum area of 400 750 square feet of livable floor area but shall not exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the total floor area.

e. The ADU shall have a separate entrance and shall have adequate egress in the case of fire or other hazard. The additional entrances shall be located to the side or the rear of the building.

f. Any changes to the structure shall be in keeping with the existing architectural style of the building.

g. The sewerage disposal system designed for the residence, either existing or as it may be modified, shall be approved by the New Hampshire Division of Water Supply and Pollution Control and must meet any other applicable

regulations. The applicant for an ADU will demonstrate that the existing or modified sewage disposal system is adequate for the additional use, per NH DES Subsurface Systems Bureau.

h. At least one (1) common interior access between the principal dwelling unit and the ADU will be provided.

i. Separate utility service connections and/or meters for the primary dwelling unit and the ADU are not permitted.

j. Each accessory dwelling unit shall have separate oOff-street parking for an ADU shall be provided as provided in in accordance with Article XV.

k. The house number for the ADU shall be determined at the time of the building permit application.

l. Either the primary or the accessory dwelling unit must be occupied by the owner of the property. If a property containing an ADU is conveyed and the new owner wishes to maintain the unit, the new owner shall apply for a certificate of occupancy for the ADU. The purpose is to ensure that one of the two dwellings is owner-occupied.

m. An accessory living unit is limited to one bedroom.

n. There shall be no occupancy of an ADU until the Building Inspector has issued a certificate of occupancy.

o. The driveway shall be designed so as to appear as a driveway of a single-family residence and no new curb cut from the street shall be constructed.

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