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Light agenda for Alton Planning Board

by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
August 28, 2012
ALTON — The Alton Planning Board met for less than 20 minutes during its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 21, and only took action on one case.

The case of Richard Lundy for an amended major site plan on Hurd Hill Road was continued until the next planning board meeting.

Joe Spain came before the board to ask for a one-year extension for a development on New Durham Road, as no new construction has occurred in the last year.

Member Thomas Hoopes asked when the application originally came to the board. Spain believed he made the original application in 2005.

Spain explained that he has been granted a five-year extension from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services for all wetlands crossings. Spain said he is simply asking for the gift of time to keep all the permits active and in place.

The board unanimously approved granting Spain a one-year extension with all conditions precedent being the same before construction must commence. Spain was told if the lack of activity on the development stays the same he should approach the board next July to request another extension.

The board approved the minutes from the July 17 meeting.

Ken McWilliams, the town planner, encouraged members of the board to attend the law lecture series that is coming up in the next couple of weeks.

Chair Scott Williams suggested that the board get together a list of proposed zoning amendments in place so that they are completed in time.

Dave Hussey, the selectmen's representative, reported that the Alton Business Development Group is looking for people to join the group. He said that the first meeting had poor attendance and anyone interested in joining the group should contact the town hall.

McWilliams brought up an issue about a park model camper needing to go to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Williams questioned going to the ZBA for that type of issue.

McWilliams explained that the park model doesn't fit under the town's definition of an RV and is something that board should review in the near future.

McWilliams announced that a meeting would be held on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 5:30 p.m. in the Heidke Room at the Alton Town Hall regarding the Conservation Subdivision Ordinance.

The ordinance will need to be presented to the voters in ballot form in March and the purpose of the meeting is to review the ordinance.

The next scheduled meeting of the Alton Planning Board is on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. at the Alton Town Hall.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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