Minutes of September 5, 2007

Chairman Steve Hamilton called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m. Present, in addition to the chairman, were members Michelle Degree, Joe Fitzpatrick, Keith Martin, Ann Sweet, and Bob Switzer. Rick Hotchkiss represented the selectmen. Absent was Dave Jakway. Also present were Mark Paquette and Ed Plaisted, Dale Paquette, Kevin Wheeler, Mark Smith, and Kevin Dean. 

Minutes of the meeting of August 1, 2007, were accepted as distributed. 

Mark Paquette and Ed Plaisted proposed subdivision on Gilsum Road
The owners showed a revised picture of the three lots and asked whether the planning board members were comfortable with the changed location of the driveway to serve all three lots and with the wider middle lot. There was general agreement that the changes were an improvement. Chairman Hamilton asked for an opportunity to look at the new driveway configuration, and a time was set for 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. Board members commented that if the subdivision is approved, it should be conditioned on completion of the common driveway to the three building sites to avoid the problems met on an Apple Hill subdivision. Further, the deeds to each lot should describe the common driveway and the lot’s right and responsibility to use, repair, and maintain the driveway. 

Dale Paquette query about the need for a Site Plan Review
Mr. Paquette declared his plans for bringing his wood chopping machine from its current site off Route 101 in Marlborough, where he no longer has a lease, to the Paquette Property on Price Road. After considerable discussion, it was agreed that, based on Article III.B.5 of the Community Planning Ordinance, he would need approval of a special exception to the requirements of zoning in the rural-residential area by the Zoning Board of Adjustment and, presumably, Site Plan Review by the planning board. Mr. Paquette agreed to contact the chairman of the ZBA, Ray McLean., to set up a hearing. Board members expressed concern about the effect of heavy trucking on Price Road, particularly in the wet areas and in the section which is a right-of-way on a residential property in Keene. They also worried about safety on the narrow road with heavy trucks passing, although they recognized there are other narrow roads in town. 

Proposed subdivision of Kevin Wheeler/Mark Smith property on Boynton Road
Wheeler and Smith presented a preliminary drawing of the division into two lots (22.8 and 20.9 acres) bordering on Chapman Pond. Board members had few questions, and a hearing is planned for the Oct. 3 meeting. 

Proposed subdivision of Kevin and Janice Dean property on Boynton Road
Mr. Dean wishes to carve two 2-acre lots out of their 48+-acre piece on Boynton Road. He was reminded that he must have at least 200 feet of road frontage and that he needs a driveway permit application to accompany his subdivision application. He promised that his wife, co-owner of the property, would be at the public hearing. He will return for a preliminary consultation at the Oct. 3 planning board meeting. 

Driveway permit for Fitzpatrick property on Centre Street
Joe Fitzpatrick plans to sell an existing lot on Centre Street to his sister with a driveway cut already approved. He is aware that wetlands issues may affect the siting and that there may be line-of-sight questions, too. 

Possible changes to the Community Planning Ordinance and to Subdivision Regulations
Mr. Martin suggested that needed modifications in the CPO and in the subdivision regulations be reviewed so that necessary procedures for putting proposals on the ballot or for holding public hearings could begin. Members agreed to bring their suggestions to the next meeting. Two changes to the CPO might include the requirement that the Conservation Commission be consulted on any wetlands issues and that the “diameter” of the property at the building line be 200 feet. 

ZBA hearing on Aymer property on Valley Road
Rescheduled for Thursday, Sept. 13, due to lack of quorum. 

Law lectures announced
Mrs. Sweet expressed her intention to attend the first two in Jaffrey. 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ann Sweet, Secretary