ANTRIM ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT
March 8, 2005 meeting
Ron Haggett John Kendall Frank Scales Don Winchester Paul Young
Carol Court Len Pagano Tim Quachenbush
Chairman Winchester opened the meeting at 7:00 PM. The members reviewed the documentation regarding the application of Norman Garceau. At 7:30 PM, Mr. Winchester opened the public hearing on the request by Norman Garceau for a variance from Article XI, Section E.1 of the zoning ordinance to permit the installation of a sewage disposal system on property located at 92 Mountainside Drive, Antrim, NH, Tax Map 7B, Lot 32 located in the Lakefront Residential District. The applicant proposes to install the leach field 62.4 feet from a wetland rather than the required 75 feet.
Mr. Ferwerda of Meridian Land Services presented a plan showing the location of leach field. He said it was necessary to choose this location to maintain the proper distances for well radiuses. The new Sepitech system will replace an existing cesspool. Mr. Ferwerda explained that the Sepitech system processes effluents in such a manner that the output is virtually clean water before it reaches the leach field thus allowing a 75% reduction in the size of the leach field. The effluent would be pumped vertically a distance of about 24 feet and about 150 feet to the leach field. He explained that they have been installing these types of systems for the past two years or so. Mr. Young asked if the processor ran continuously. Mr. Ferwerda said that it is monitored by a phone line to the firm’s office in Maine and operates on a cycle based on
need. Mr. Young asked how far the system was from Pierce Lake and was told about 200 feet. He was also told that the existing cesspool would be closed down and not used for gray water. Mr. Haggett asked if the residence was year round and was told it would be for seasonal use. Mr. Young asked how the system was sized and was told it was for two bedrooms using a 1,000 gallon tank which is standard for two bedrooms. In response to a query, Mr. Ferwerda provided a copy of NHDES approval for construction of the system. Mr. Young asked if the residence had a basement and was told there was none. He also asked what provisions there were for protection against lightning. Mr. Ferwerda explained that lightning rods could be used but are seldom effective.
Mr. Winchester asked for comments from abutters; however, none were present. He closed the public portion of the hearing and the board went into deliberation. There were no future questions and Mr. Winchester called for a roll call vote on the criteria to be met for granting a variance.
The proposed use would not diminish surrounding property values: Roll call vote: Mr. Winchester – aye, Mr. Scales – aye, Mr. Young – Aye, Mr. Haggett – aye.
Granting the variance would be of benefit to the public interest: Roll call vote: Mr. Winchester – aye, Mr. Scales – aye, Mr. Young – Aye, Mr. Haggett – aye.
Denial of the variance would result in unnecessary hardship to the owner because of special circumstances of the property that distinguish it from other properties similarly zoned: Roll call vote: Mr. Winchester – aye, Mr. Scales – aye, Mr. Young – Aye, Mr. Haggett – aye.
Granting the variance would do a substantial justice: Roll call vote: Mr. Winchester – aye, Mr. Scales – aye, Mr. Young – Aye, Mr. Haggett – aye.
The use is not contrary to the spirit of the ordinance: Roll call vote: Mr. Winchester – aye, Mr. Scales – aye, Mr. Young – Aye, Mr. Haggett – aye.
Mr. Kendall arrived after the taking of the role call vote. Mr. Ferwerda was advised that the variance was granted.
Mr. Winchester moved to approve the minutes of the December 21, 2004 meeting as presented. Mr. Haggett seconded the motion which passed
The secretary presented an up to date roster of the members and information on the 12th Annual Planning & Zoning Conference.
There being no further business, Mr. Winchester moved that the meeting be adjourned. Mr. Young seconded the motion which passed. Mr. Winchester adjourned the meeting at 7:50 PM.
Paul L. Vasques, Secretary
Antrim Zoning Board of Adjustment