Alton planners discuss Sunny Slope Farm


by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
October 23, 2013
ALTON — The Alton Planning Board met on Tuesday, Oct. 15, and the only item on the agenda was a design review site plan for Sunny Slope Farm.

The property is located at 118 Old Wolfeboro Road and Paul Monzione and Tim Morgan came before the board to represent Deanna O'Shaughnessy and Fae Kontje-Gibbs.

Monzione explained that he normally wouldn't come before the planning board to represent someone in town, as he serves at the Chairman of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, but he said he was before the board as a friend to the owners.

He talked about the owners going before the ZBA and it was determined they weren't required to appear before the ZBA. The revised site plan is for guests to be able to host events like anniversary parties, weddings and family reunions at the property.

Monzione said that a total of 14 issues were brought forward with regard to the design review and that the owners are willing to comply to the requests.

O'Shaughnessy said the facility is complying with sound ordinances and that fireworks aren't allowed on the property. She said she was told fireworks weren't allowed on the property and she informs guests of the limitations.

During public input, there were some concerns about the noise, but it was noted that levels have been maintained at a reasonable level this past summer.

Concerns were also brought forward regarding parking and that the noise could be heard on Lily Pond Road. There was also a concern about using a cut through on Lily Pond Road and the traffic increasing.

There was a question regarding the noise ordinance, and Ken McWilliams, the town planner, said no music is allowed between 10 p.m. and 10 a.m., inside or outside.

Monzione said the facility has been used for events for more than 10 years and feels the owners can comply to list of recommendations for a final site plan. The board approved scheduling a site walk for the property and the case will be discussed at an upcoming meeting.

The board discussed amending the by-laws of the planning board regarding public input. McWilliams reported that the board isn't required to have two sessions of public input like it has now. McWilliams suggested amending the language regarding public input to read: "public input on non-case specific local planning issue."

Chairman Dave Collier feels that the public input should be held after the business that is scheduled before the board. The majority of the board agreed with Collier. The board can approve changes to the by-laws during its next meeting if it so chooses.

McWilliams talked about a presentation by the Eastern Lakes Regional Housing Commission on Compact Design that will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. at the Gilman Museum. He also talked about a Smart Growth and Natural Resource Assessment that would be coming from the Lakes Region Planning Commission and the New Hampshire Audobon.

The board approved the minutes of the Sept. 17 meeting.

Williams wanted to point out that gas storage was discussed at a prior meeting and wanted to emphasize that it's not safe to store boats with no gasoline in them.

McWilliams informed that board that the $500 out of the planning board budget was used to fund the writing of the Workforce Housing Grant.

The next scheduled meeting of the Alton Planning Board is on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 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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