February 29, 2012ALTON — The Alton Planning Board addressed six cases and proposed changes to their fee schedule while meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21.
Dave Collier acted as chair during the meeting.
The board unanimously approved a voluntary lot merger from Eric and Carole Dubois that incorrectly referenced the deed to the property. This was a simple corrected voluntary lot merger, and there wasn't any discussion from the board.
Mark Pearson and William and Karen Hayes filed an application for a lot line adjustment for property on Muchado Hill Road and Lockes Corner Road.
Randy Orvis of Geometres Blue Hill, LLC is requesting the lot line adjustment on behalf of Pearson. Pearson is proposing to convey 10.6 acres out of approximately 108 acres to the abutting lot, which is owned by the Hayeses.
The Hayes' lot will grow from 3.36 acres to 13.96 acres and approximately 97 acres will remain on Pearson's lot.
The board approved several waivers and approved the application with subsequent and precedent conditions.
Ken McWilliams, the town planner, suggested that Pearson prepare a quick claim deed for himself to claim the 97-acre parcel.
Case P12-04 was another lot line adjustment similar in nature to the above case.
Lois Smedley and Frederick David Lawrence requested a lot line adjustment between their two pieces of property.
Christopher Berry spoke on behalf of the two parties. He explained that the proposal is to transfer 1.69 acres from Lawrence to Smedley.
The board approved several waivers, accepted the application as complete and approved the lot line adjustment.
Subsequent and precedent conditions were included in the approval, including a recommendation for Lawrence to submit a quick claim deed on his parcel.
Case P12-05 is a minor subdivision that was proposed by Dean Clark of DMC Surveyors.
Clark came before the board to explain the two-lot subdivision on behalf of Robert Ferrucio that will divide one 49-acre parcel into two separate parcels of 31 acres and 18 acres.
There was some discussion on the road width. The road is 49.5 feet wide and Clark will have to go to the selectmen to get a waiver on the half a foot of right of way needed.
The board approved several waivers, accepted the application as complete and approved the application with subsequent and precedent conditions.
Associates from Norway Plains Associates, Inc. and North and South Construction Services came before the board to discuss a major site plan review application for a kitchen and dining room addition and renovation for Camp Brookwoods.
They explained that the addition would allow to camp to host all the campers for meals during the months when the camp is in session.
The renovation would also provide additional storage space in the basement.
McWilliams reviewed the application and recommended that the board accept it as complete and approve it.
The board did so, with subsequent and precedent conditions. The board questioned about applications to the New Hampshire DES and the wetlands board and were told both applications should be coming back in the near future.
The final case that came before the board was Case P12-07. Brad Woods came before the board to get a building permit on a Class VI road, Reed Road.
McWilliams talked to the board about some concerns about the application and concerns the fire department brought forward, asking to widen the road and shoulders on both sides.
Dave Hussey questioned if the application should be reviewed by town attorney Jim Sessler and after much discussion, the board agreed to continue the case until the next meeting so that Sessler would have time to review the application.
The board briefly discussed proposed changes to the fee schedule, and they agreed to hold a public hearing on the topic at the next planning board meeting.
Among the fees that will adjusted are: minor subdivision, which will be decreased, major subdivision, lot line adjustment, minor site plan review and major site plan; residential and non-residential.
The next scheduled meeting of the Alton Planning Board is Tuesday, March 20, at 6 p.m. at the Alton Town Hall.
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