Minutes of February 1, 2006

Chairman Steve Hamilton called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Present in addition to the chairman were members Michelle Degree, Joe Fitzpatrick, Dave Jakway, Ann Sweet, and Bob Switzer. Rick Hotchkiss represented the selectmen. Selectman Richard Labadie was also present. Phil Hanscom from Swanzey listened in.

Minutes of the meeting of January 4, 2006, were approved as distributed.

Public hearing on proposed changes to the floodplain portion of the Community Planning Ordinance, Article II, Section C.
Explaining that the federal government (FEMA) is requiring all towns wishing to participate in the national flood insurance program to make changes to the floodplain ordinance and to the subdivision and site plan review regulations, Selectman Hotchkiss introduced the prescribed language that must be incorporated into Article II, Section C. of the Sullivan Community Planning Ordinance. A copy of the proposed changes will be available at the polls for voters to peruse. He reminded the board that there still does not exist a map for the southern half of town where the Spaulding and Otter Brooks produced so much flooding damage in October. However, FEMA still insists that the language be changed in the ordinance. The most critical change is in the date of the map of the northern part of town (where the Ashuelot River passes below a high bank), which has been digitized as of the new date. There being no public to comment and no board discussion, a motion (Hotchkiss/Jakway) to approve the proposed changes (to be voted on at the town election March 14) to the language of Article II, Section C. (as incorporated by reference) passed unanimously. 

Public hearing on proposed changes to the subdivision regulations with regard to "Special Flood Hazard Areas"
Mr. Hotchkiss circulated copies of the required language additions to Section III of the subdivision regulations, stipulating the need for all required permits, base flood elevation data, and plan for minimizing flood damage in "Special Flood Hazard Areas" before the subdivision is approved. There being no discussion, because the language is required, a motion (Jakway/Hotchkiss) to approve the proposed additions to the subdivision regulations passed unanimously. The addition will become C. 1, 2, and 3, making the current C. in Section III D. and changing subsequent numbers.

Public hearing on proposed changes to the site plan review regulations
The same language (substituting the words "site plans" for "subdivisions) with the same requirements for approval is proposed for Section XIII.2. of the site plan review regulations. There being no discussion, a motion (Hotchkiss/Switzer) to adopt the FEMA language into the site plan review regulations passed unanimously.

Chairman Hamilton closed the public hearing at 7:27 p.m.

An article explaining the proposed changes will be submitted for the March Newsletter.

Otter Brook land on Route 9
Phil Hanscom said he was representing interests considering purchase of the Otter Brook rehabilitation center site on Route 9, 25.82 acres of which are in Sullivan. He said there were no plans ready for perusal as yet, but the project would probably be construction of a rehab center on higher ground (including Sullivan land) than many of the current buildings which were affected by the October flooding. Chairman Hamilton said he had had a call from another interested party thinking of subdivision of the property.

Resignation of Geoff Gardner
Chairman Hamilton read a letter from Mr. Gardner, resigning from the planning board because his house had been sold. He expressed his appreciation for his association with the members of the planning board, especially for their good humor and wisdom. Mr. Hotchkiss asked that the planning board's thanks for Mr. Gardner's service be included in the minutes. His authorship of much of the recent updating of the town Master Plan and his work on the Driveway Committee are to be particularly noted.

Paquette property on Paquette Drive
Chairman Hamilton reported interest by Masiello, sales agent for the property, in possible subdivision of the property, which has been prohibited by a court decision.

Regulating noise
Mrs. Sweet reported that the examples of noise ordinances sent to Ms. Degree all related to land use. Ms. Degree said that her husband has done research with NHDOT into noise regulations apart from land use applications and will prepare, for next year's town election, language for the town to consider. Mr. Labadie said Keene has such regulations, which Mrs. Sweet promised to investigate.

Community Planning Ordinance
Updated copies are needed for the planning board. For 2007, possible changes to Article IV.C. and other areas should be discussed.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:07 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ann Sweet, Secretary