Minutes of January 7, 2009

Chairman Steve Hamilton called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m. Present, in addition to the chairman, were members Michelle Degree, Ann Sweet, and Bob Switzer. Absent were Joe Fitzpatrick, Dave Jakway, and Keith Martin. There was no selectmen’s representative.

Minutes of the meeting of December 3, 2008, were accepted as distributed.

The chairman circulated a Handbook for Sustainable Development: INNOVATIVE LAND USE PLANNING TECHNIQUES. Compiled by NHDES, Assoc. of Regional Planning Commissions, NHOEP, and the NH Municipal Association in October of 2008, it contains explanations of a wide variety of planning policies that might be adopted by municipalities to manage growth for sustainability. The topics range from energy efficiency to habitat protection to agricultural incentive zoning and many more.

The chairman passed around a questionnaire from NH Fish and Game about the two great ponds in Sullivan, Bolster and Chapman. Some concern was expressed about protecting these pristine ponds from crowds of visitors if their existence became widely known.

Mr. Switzer announced that the redesign of the town website was progressing. Soon, authorized parties will be able to post minutes, etc. directly on the website.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ann Sweet, Secretary