Zoning Board Workshop

Regretfully, the format of the matrix does not work here as well as it should but some extra concentration makes it work. – Lil

Walpole Zoning Board of Adjustments Workshop

Walpole Town Hall

Minutes: December 10, 2015


Present: ZBA Board members: Chair Myra Mansouri, Jan Galloway Le Clerc Vice-Chair, Ernie Vose, Clerk, Bob Anderson,  Alternates Judy Trow and Stephanie Stoughton and Bob Miller, Vice-Chair of the Planning Board.

Recording: Marilou Blaine Recording Secretary. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the December 15, 2015, meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions

The meeting started at about 7 p.m. and the purpose was to make it clear to future applicants on the path or steps needed to be followed for a special exception. All districts allow special exceptions if special conditions are met. The idea is to make the path easy and understandable.

Judy Trow suggested a matrix and everybody agreed it was a great idea so the task seemed how to do it in the least amount of words: This is Draft No. 1.


Step 1                                     Step 2                                                         Step 3

What district                          Does my project                                If yes, proceed to the PB

are you in?                            conform to district




Step 4

If no, go to the ZBA

to determine what is needed-

Variance or Special Exception

Fill out an application and

set up a Public Hearing date


Step 5                                           Step 6                                                 Step 7

Variance is given                             Variance                                Special Exception – Fill out

after Public Hearing                                    Go to PB for                          Application. Set Public Hearing

Go to PB if project                            for Site Plan Review           date. Go to PB – request Public

requires it                                                                                          Hearing. Have PB Hearing.

Get recommendation from PB.

Step 8

Return to ZBA

for a decision

on the Special Exception

This matrix will be looked at and tweaked by both the Zoning and Planning Boards to make sure it follows the correct steps and is easy to understand.

There were certain parts of the Zoning Ordinances that might need clarification. One is on page 7 in the Zoning Ordinances and it was requested that the Board revisit this at its next regular meeting.

Other items that will be revisited in 2016 are:

Regulations on B&Bs.


These need to be updated to meet state requirements.

Another matter is the naming of Hitchcock Road  and instead of having some reference to look at another article in the Zoning Ordinance, printout the ordinance where it is referred to.


Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: