October 09, 2013BARNSTEAD — The Barnstead Planning Board met on Thursday, Oct. 3, and discussed a site plan preview for a trucking company at Barnstead Business Park.
Jeff Green, a surveyor, spoke on behalf of Kenneth Hyslop, who is planning on opening up a trucking company at the Barnstead Business Park.
The company is called Crystal Springs Trucking and Green explained that the building was originally a wash bay and is located near the fire pond on the property. The building is 30 by 60 feet and contains one overhead door and one additional door, lighting inside and outside, five parking spaces and an existing gravel road.
The company is currently based out of Gilmanton Ironworks. Dave Kerr, the selectmen's representative, recused himself from the discussion because he is an abutter to property.
There were concerns about the company operating 24 hours, but Green explained that the timing of the when trucks come in and out isn't known and that is the reasoning for the request. A sign will be added to the building along with the addition to a main sign at the front of the complex.
Green explained that no major changes are planned for the building and a request for waiver for stormwater drainage plan and for design and construction requirements, 13 waivers, was also requested.
The board accepted the application as complete and accepted the waivers requested.
Alternate Michael Kowalski asked about traffic changing as more and more businesses come in the complex, but he notes that plans for transportation are noted on the plans.
Kerr questioned about lighting and was told that lighting would be limited. There were some concerns about having only one door in addition to the overhead door due to safety. The boar approved the site plan as submitted.
Chair Nancy Carr said a draft will be coming forward regarding the Master Plan.
Vice-chair Andy Houle said he is working together with Kerr and the highway department to get a Capital Improvement Plan together for that department.
The board briefly discussed the sign ordinance, which will be discussed at the next work session. Member Clarke Goodrich suggested that language should be added regarding signs of businesses that are no longer in operation.
The board discussed the issue of cul-de-sacs and turnarounds and Carr read a letter from the fire chief requesting that the road should be 28 feet wide. Houle felt the fire chief couldn't instruct the board how to handle the issue.
The issue of definitions for the subdivision and zoning ordinance will also be discussed at the next work session.
Member Elaine Swinford voice her concern about the changes to White Oak Road and Peacham Road and the town fire trucks being able to make it up those roads after improvements are made on the road. Goodrich thinks the selectmen should review the issue and send concerns back to the state.
Kerr said the board of selectmen would be discussing the fee schedule for modular and mobile homes at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
The next scheduled meeting of the Barnstead Planning Board is on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Barnstead Town Hall.
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