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Zoning Board of Adjustment Minutes 02/28/2012
February 28, 2012 Meeting
Special Exception T-Bird Sign # 2012-02ZBA

Members & Staff Present:     
Diane Chauncey (Staff)      Ron Haggett (Member)            John Kendall (Chair)                
Ray Ledgerwood (Alternate)      Shelly Nelkens (Alternate)     Frank Scales (Member)
John Giffin (Member)        Doug Crafts (Member)
Public Attendees:   Bryant Robertson    Jay Frazier

7:15 Public Hearing:  Case # 2012 -02ZBA

A  request by T-Bird Mini Mart (Cheshire Oil Co Inc) for a Special Exception per Article XVII F. 1. The applicant proposes to install an oversized, new, free standing sign  to replace the existing sign at 1 Concord Street (Rt 202), Tax Map 103 Lot 84 in the Village Business District.

Chair Kendall introduced himself and the Board members. Chair Kendall explained the Public Hearing process to the applicant and the Public Attendees.

The Secretary read the Notice as published in the local newspaper and stated that all abutters had been properly notified, receipts had been returned, and there had been no comments by correspondence or telephone.  One resident asked to see the application at the counter, but had no comment.

Chair Kendall asked if the Board members had questions concerning the application.

Chair Kendall asked either Mr. Frazier (project manager) or Mr. Robertson (vice president of Cheshire Oil) to explain the proposal and request for a Special Exception.

Mr. Frazier explained that CITGO has image standards and had developed a new centennial image with a new more modern look and that is what had driven the proposed sign application. The existing sign is 33 square feet and the new sign will be 48 square feet. The sign will be constructed 15 feet from the property line (farther away than the existing sign). The line of sight has no obstruction and is set far enough back from the highway. Mr. Frazier noted that “T-Bird” was not listed on the existing sign.

The new double-sided sign will have internal LED lighting. The price of gas will be digitally displayed. The lighting will not be any brighter than the existing sign and will be not lit when the store is closed.

Public Hearing:
Although there were no public attendees other than the T-Bird agents, Chair Kendall asked if there were any abutters who would like to speak in favor or in opposition to the request. He asked the same of non- abutters.

The Public Hearing was closed.


Special Exception Criteria

  • The proposed use may be similar to one or more of the uses already authorized in that district and is in an appropriate location for such a use.
The Board members stated that there was a better line of sight, more visibility, and less obtrusive.
The criterion had been satisfied.

  • Such approval would not adversely affect the neighborhood, nor otherwise be injurious, obnoxious or offensive.
Although some members liked the existing sign better, the Board members concurred that the the criterion had been satisfied.

  • The use will not create excessive traffic congestion, noise, or odors in the neighborhood where it is proposed.
The sign would not affect any of these criteria.
           The criterion had been satisfied.

  • Such approval would be consistent with the intent of the Zoning Ordinance.
The board members stated that businesses need to advertise and that the new sign was not much
         different from the existing sign.
The criterion had been satisfied.

  • Adequate and appropriate facilities will be provided for the proper operation of the proposed use.
    The criterion had been satisfied.

Mr. Haggett moved to approve the application. Mr. Crafts seconded.

Mr. Haggett moved to approve the application of T-Bird Mini Mart (Cheshire Oil Co Inc) for a Special Exception per Article XVII F. 1. The applicant proposes to install an oversized, new, free standing sign   to replace the existing sign at 1 Concord Street (Rt 202), Tax Map 103 Lot 84 in the Village Business District.

The following conditions apply to this approval:
Zoning Board of Adjustment requirements, commitments and agreements made by the applicant and/or his agent as recorded in the meeting minutes dated February 28, 2012 and subsequent meetings as they pertain to this application are a conditional part of this approval.
The applicant shall obtain a building permit for any construction or alteration and adhere to all building, health and fire codes.
The applicant shall obtain any necessary state and/or federal permits required for this proposal.
Any changes to the sign would require an additional application to the Board as submitted on the application.

Roll Call Vote:


The proposal was granted. A Notice of Decision will be written within 5 days and recorded at the Registry of Deeds.

Business Meeting:  

  • Approve Minutes of October 18, 2011  - Mr. Hagget moved to approve the minutes as presented. Mr. Scales seconded. The minutes were approved.
  • New NH Planning & Land Use Regulation books – All members received new books.
  • Review application packet for  proposed PWSF at 56 Smith  Road  - All members have a copy of the proposed PWSF for the March 6, 2012 meeting.
  • New application form for ZBA – review and give comments at next meeting
  • The Members discussed the reorganization after Town Meeting. Alternates
At 8 PM, Mr. Hagget moved to adjourn. Mr. Giffin seconded. All approved. The meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted, Diane Chauncey, On Behalf of the Antrim Zoning Board of Adjustment

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