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Wolfeboro considering changes to its waterfront ordinance

July 19, 2012
WOLFEBORO — The newly-formed Wolfeboro Planning Board's Shoreland Protection Ordinance Subcommittee held its first meeting at the Wolfeboro Inn on June 4 to refine and revise the town's ordinance just passed in March of this year. The next public meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 23, at the Wolfeboro Public Library, at 11 a.m.

According to minutes on the Wolfeboro town Web site, committee members plan to focus at that meeting on Section 175-67 of the ordinance, particularly rules pertaining to "impervious surface, the need for engineering certification, the grid system as it relates to required plantings, woodland buffer and unaltered state, storm water management, and duff layer."

Committee members indicated at the meeting that written comments from the public would be welcome and should be sent to Planning and Development Director Rob Houseman for distribution to the Committee members.

The impetus for review of the ordinance and the formation of the subcommittee came from a meeting among Houseman, Planning Board Chairman Kathy Barnard and waterfront owner Paul Montrone, who led the charge at the state level from the New Hampshire Shorefront Coalition to revise the state's Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act and now is a member of the state's recently formed Shoreland Advisory Committee.

Houseman and Barnard recommended the establishment of the subcommittee at the March 6 meeting of the Planning Board with members to include Planning Board representation, Paul Montrone, two additional waterfront property owners, one member of the Lake Wentworth Association and one member of the Conservation Commission.

Board members Vaughn Dugan, John Thurston and Barnard represented the board at the first subcommittee meeting, along with Montrone, and Roger Murray, a waterfront owner and representative of the Lake Wentworth Association. Houseman was also present.

Those interested in local water quality as affected by shoreline development and land use may access the town's Shoreline Protection Ordinance by visiting the town Web site, www.wolfeboronh.us. To see the rules coming up for discussion on July 23, follow links from Departments > Planning and Development > Zoning and Building Ordinances > and enter the search term "Section 175-67."

2012 amendments to the NH Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act are contained in RSA 483-B - the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act, which may be read in its entirety online.

To contact Houseman, one may call 569-5970, or write to P.O. Box 629, 9 Union Street, Wolfeboro, NH, 03894. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The July 23 meeting at the library is also open to the public.

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