Zoning Board Meeting Minutes – 12/16/15

In her email, Marilou Blaine said that the matrix will be published with boxes for the next meeting.  Let’s hope the format shows here as well. If not, one can check the posting on the bulletin board in the Town Hall. – Lil

Walpole Zoning Board of Adjustment

Minutes: December 16, 2015


Present: Board Members: Chair Myra Mansouri Vice-Chair Jan Galloway Le Clerc. Alternates: Judy Trow and Stephanie Stoughton..

Absent:, Members Ernie Vose and Mary Therese Lester..

Recording: Marilou Blaine. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the January 2016 meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions.

Roll Call: Ms. Mansouri called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. Two board members were absent so both alternates took their places.

Minutes: Ms. Trow made a motion to approve the minutes with one typo – the spelling of Ms. Mansouri‘s name. Ms. LeClerc seconded the motion and the board approved the minutes.

Workshop: Ms. Mansouri said she was really pleased with how the workshop went. Ms. LeClerc made a motion to accept the workshop minutes as written, Ms. Stoughton seconded the motion and the board passed the motion unanimously.

After countless suggestions and rewording and discussion about some zoning ordinances by Board members, Ms. LeClerc came up with Draft II:


                                                            What District


                                                            Does project conform

                                                                   to zoning


                                                Yes                                                       No


                                                                                                Go to ZBA

 Go to PB                                                                                Fill out application

 for Site Plan



                                                Variance                     Special Exception                   Go to PB                                                                     Hearing                            Needed                               Set Hearing                                                                                                                                            Get recommendation



                                              Granted                                                                             ZBA Hearing



Ms. Mansouri said that there are several things to be revisited next year regarding the Zoning Ordinances:



She will check to see if these changes have to be on a warrant. They are simply numbers and rules which             correspond to state requirements, so maybe may be changed without writing a petition.

Other topics: Hitchcock Road is now Alstead Center Road.

Lighting rules saying lights must be downlit and shut off at a specific time.

Page 9 special exception which tells readers to loop back to another article.

Any written changes would have to be approved by the Planning Board.


Whipple Hill gravel pit: Mr. Vose sent an email saying that Whipple Hill gravel pit owner Gary Patch let him know that gravel had been taken out of the pit as he promised when the pit was inspected this fall. Mr. Vose wrote, “ I drove up there and they had indeed taken some gravel out of the pit.  They had smoothed out the banking after taking the gravel.  They left tracks of the truck and the loader which was the only way I could be sure that they had taken any gravel at all. He kept his word !”


Tom Hanna letter: There was no discussion.


Petition: It was noted by Mr. Anderson that the RSA in the petition is RSA 149-M: 24 not 124. Ms. Mansouri asked the secretary to check with Ms. Janet Clough or Selectman Steve Dalessio on when changes to the petition can be made. The request for a Public Hearing regarding the petition will be at the regular Planning Board meeting January 12, 2016 and the Public Hearing will be held January 26, 2016. Mr. Anderson asked if there were more signatures. The secretary said there were.


Executive Session: The Board went into executive session after a motion was made by Ms. Stoughton, seconded by Ms. Trow and approved by the Board at 8:10 p.m. The Board came out of executive session at 8:40 p.m. A motion was made by Ms. LeClerc to accept the minutes of the executive session on November 18 as written. The motion was seconded by Ms. Trow and approved by the Board.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m


Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine



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