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
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.
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.