Minutes of April 2, 2008

Chairman Steve Hamilton called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Present were members Michelle Degree, Joe Fitzpatrick, Dave Jakway, Keith Martin, Ann Sweet, and Bob Switzer. Rick Hotchkiss represented the selectmen. 

Minutes of the meeting of March 5, 2008, were accepted as distributed. 

Annual election of board officers and change in membership
A motion (Degree/Hotchkiss) to re-elect Steve Hamilton as chairman and Ann Sweet as secretary passed without dissent. Joe Fitzpatrick announced that since his term had expired in March, he would become an alternate member. Keith Martin, now an alternate, will become a full member and receive a letter of appointment from the selectmen. 

Changes to the Community Planning Ordinance as a result of town election
Ms. Woudenberg will be asked to provide copies of the Community Planning Ordinance as changed by the town election in article V.A.5 and article XI. 

Letter from Christa Patterson
Ms. Patterson wrote to express concern about the possible need for her to have special permission to operate her nursery on Price Road. It was agreed that her horticultural operation came within the definition of agricultural activity and did not require Site Plan Review, since, according to RSA 21:34-a.III “A farm roadside stand shall remain an agricultural operation and not be considered commercial….”.

Nelson’s zoning regulations and a property on Old Concord Road
As a result of the visit of Mrs. Sweet and Mr. Switzer to the hearing about the Riesenberg subdivision off Old Concord Road, the Nelson Planning Board sent a copy of its zoning bylaw to the town of Sullivan. The board also sent a letter of apology for failing to realize the proposed subdivision had regional impact (requiring notification of the abutting town and the regional planning commission, which Nelson had not done), since, although the property is in Nelson, it is reached through a driveway on a property in Sullivan. The Riesenbergs also sent a letter outlining the deed restrictions that will be placed on the three new (large) lots created by the subdivision, including prohibition against further subdivision. Unlike Sullivan, Nelson permits subdivision of a large property on a private road into up to 4 lots as long as each lot exceeds 25 acres. 

Stormwater management
Chairman Hamilton circulated the 2007 report of the UNH Stormwater Center, which describes various ways to deal with storm water runoff. 

Proposed changes to Sullivan’s Subdivision Regulations
The board reviewed the Sullivan Subdivision Regulations and suggested the following changes (to be confirmed or modified at a public hearing not yet scheduled): 

III.C.1. Should we list required permits? Chairman will provide a list for possible inclusion 

III.F. 2. Remove “and pipe” from second sentence. 

Add to end of second sentence “but more if determined by road agent that a larger diameter is required for the purpose.” 

III. Re-letter from second F. to end. 

IV.B.2 Add “and” after “identification.” 

IV.F.3. Add “DES” before Wetlands Board and Water Supply and Pollution Control Division. 

IV.H. Strike third sentence about minor subdivisions and rewrite fourth sentence to read: A public hearing shall follow the procedures outlined in paragraph L of this section. 

IV.K. 1. Strike second sentence. 

IV.K.2. Replace existing language. Substitute: If there is to be a quorum present, such a site inspection shall be posted as a meeting of the Board pursuant to the right-to-know provisions of RSA 91-A and minutes shall be kept. If a quorum is not possible, the site inspection is not a meeting. 

V.B.14. Add: Shared driveways shall measure 20 feet in width for the entire length of the shared portion. 

V.C.7. In the first sentence, add the word “not” after “but are.” 

VIII. B.3. Rick will check meaning of “damage.” 

X.4. I think, rather than including these two unclear stipulations, we should leave it at 1-3 and refer to RSA 676:4a, which lists all the conditions. 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ann Sweet, Secretary