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PLANNING BOARD REPORT 2011

 During the early months  of 2011 the Planning  Board worked to refine several proposed  amendments to the town Zoning Ordinance. The most significant  of these was a major revision to the way in which the Ordinance deals with motel and  hotel developments. The amendment defined  a broader array of types of motel and hotel units,  providing greater flexibility for developers and allowing somewhat greater density of smaller "convenience" units (i.e., those with limit­ ed cooking  facilities)  that  have become  common in the  hospitality industry. However, the amendment maintained the current strict standards on the allow­ able density of larger full-service ("condominium-style") units.  The Board also proposed four minor amendments, among  which was one that allowed the development of accessory or "mother-in-law" apartments within single-family houses. All amendments were approved by voters at the 2011 town meeting.

Following the approval of the amendments, the Board approved a scale-down application for a condominium-style motel  development at  Rogers Crossing near Attitash Ski Area. The was the first application approved under  the com­ mercial Site Plan Review regulations adopted by the Board in 2006.

The pace of development in town remained very slow during 2011. The Board approved two two-lot subdivisions, five boundary line adjustments and one vol­ untary lot merger during the year.

At the end of the year the Board considered revisions to the town's Floodplain Development Ordinance requested after a review of the current ordinance by the state's Office of Energy and  Planning.  These changes  are necessary for the town to remain  eligible for the National Flood Insurance Program  (NFIP). The amendments do not change  the standards for development in the floodplain zone but will bring the language of the ordinance into compliance with current NFIP standards. The amendments will be put forth as a warrant article at the

2012 town meeting.

The Board would like to thank  Brenda  Monahan for her dedicated service. Brenda  is retiring  after  three  terms  as  a Planning  Board  member, and  was always a calm and friendly voice during  Board deliberations. The Chair would also like to extend his thanks to Planning  Board secretary  Barbara Bush, whose hard work and attention to detail keeps the Board on track.

 Respectfully submitted, DAVID PUBLICOVER, Chair

PLANNING BOARD ANNUAL REPORT 2007 

2007 was a relatively slow year for the Planning Board, as development pro­ceeded at a reduced pace compared to previous years. The Board: 

-                   Approved one 2-lot subdivision. (4 other subdivision applications total­ing 18 lots are currently under review). 

-                   Approved four boundary line adjustments and four voluntary lot mergers. 

-                   Evaluated two requests for determination as to whether Site Plan Review was required; in both cases the Board determined that the projects did not meet the criteria triggering Site Plan Review. 

In April the Board approved a comprehensive revision to the town’s Subdivision Regulations. The revision does not significantly change the current standards for subdivision approval but was necessary to bring the regulations up to currently-accepted standards. The revision does enhance the Board’s abil­ity to request and review detailed information on such issues as drainage and significant excavation that are of increasing concern as development moves into more difficult areas. 

The Board has also been working on a 5-year update to the Master Plan. The update will not change the goals or direction of the current Master Plan, but is necessary to ensure that the information in the plan reflects current conditions in the town. 

No amendments to the Zoning Ordinance were enacted in 2007. The Board is continuing its review of the Zoning Ordinance in order to resolve known incon­sistencies, clarify language that may be unclear, and determine if additional provisions are necessary to meet new challenges that the town is facing. Among the major issues facing the Board are the increasing amount of development taking place on steep slopes, the potential for increased development pressure in Glen and Intervale due to the highway improvements being undertaken in Conway, and groundwater protection issues, including commercial withdrawal and aquifer protection. 

The Board meets on the first Monday and third Tuesday of each month. The Board also hosts an ad-hoc planning and zoning working group on the second Wednesday of each month. Citizens with an interest in town planning and zon­ing are encouraged to join these sessions. 

The Board would like to thank both Patsy Rogerson and Frank Matranga for their years of service on the Board. We express our sincere gratitude for their willingness to volunteer time out of their lives to contribute to the “social capi­tal” that is a critical component of small-town life. 

DAVID PUBLICOVER

Chairman

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 PLANNING BOARD ANNUAL REPORT 2006

 2006 was a challenging yet productive year for the Planning Board.

 Over the past year development proceeded at a moderate pace. The Board approved:

 -          Two larger subdivisions, one for twenty units on Route 16A and one for twelve units on West Side Road. 

-          The next phase of 4l units at the Stillings Grant development off of Cobb Farm Road. (Overall approval of this large project was granted many years ago.)

 -          Four smaller subdivisions totaling 6 new lots.

 -          Two new cell phone towers.

 -          Three boundary line adjustments and two voluntary lot mergers.

 In October the Board approved Site Plan Review regulations. These regula­tions, which were authorized by town voters in 2004, will give the Board greater authority to review plans for larger commercial developments in order to pro­tect public health and safety and ensure that developments are consistent with the Town’s Master Plan. 

The Board has also been working to update the Town’s Subdivision Regulations. A draft revision has been completed and will be submitted to a Public Hearing in early 2007. The revision does not significantly change the cur­rent standards for subdivision approval, but are necessary to bring the regula­tions up to currently accepted standards. 

The Board proposed, and the voters of the town approved, two amendments to the town’s Zoning Ordinance. The first, approved at the regular town meet­ing in March, limits the size of non-residential buildings to a footprint of 25,000 square feet. The second, approved at a special town meeting in September, clarified the relationship between state and federal regulations regarding the calculation of allowable density, and ensured that all subdivisions will meet the Minimum Land Area requirements set forth in the town’s Zoning Ordinance. 

Over the coming year the Board will be conducting a comprehensive review of the Zoning Ordinance in order to resolve known inconsistencies, clarify lan­guage that may be unclear, and determine if additional provisions are necessary to meet new challenges that the town is facing. Among the major issues facing the Board are the increasing amount of development taking place on steep slopes and the potential for increased development pressure in Glen and Intervale due to the highway improvements being undertaken in Conway. 

The Board meets on the first Monday and third Tuesday of each month. The Board also hosts an ad-hoc planning and zoning working group on the second Wednesday of each month. Citizens with an interest in town planning and zon­ing are encouraged to join these sessions. 

The Board would like to thank Frank Matranga for his service as Chairman. Though he has stepped down as Chairman, Frank continues to serve on the Board.

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PLANNING BOARD

Mailing address: 56 Town Hall Rd., Intervale, NH 03845

Office Location: 56 Town Hall Road

Phone: (603) 356-2226

Hours: No regular hours – call ahead or leave message on machine

Services: Enforcing the Subdivision Regulations which govern the subdivision of land, boundary line adjustments, and condominium subdivision. Meetings are held the first Monday of the month and a Work Session is held on the third Tuesday of the month. Must call ahead to get on the agenda.