Zoning Board Meeting Minutes – 1/20/16

Walpole Zoning Board of Adjustment

Minutes: January 20, 2016

7:30 pm.


Present: Board Members: Chair Myra Mansouri Vice-Chair Jan Galloway Leclerc, Mary Therese Lester, Ernie Vose. Alternates: Judy Trow and Stephanie Stoughton..

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

Roll Call: Ms. Mansouri called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm. There was a full five-member board present so no alternates were needed to fill in.

Minutes of December plus workshop minutes. Ms. Stoughton pointed out in the December minutes that there was a space in Ms. Leclerc‘s last name and on page two, fifth line, the word maybe was repeated.  Ms. Stoughton also said Gary Patch was manager of Whipple Hill and not owner. Ms. Leclerc pointed out that her name is spelled without the space and without the capital “C”. She added that when she made a motion to accept the minutes of the executive session, she also said she wanted to have them sealed.

Ms. Mansouri asked for a motion to accept the corrected minutes. Mr. Vose so moved, Mr. Anderson seconded the motion and it was approved by the Board.

Town Events: Ms. Mansouri reminded the Board of other events going on to get ready for Town Meeting. She mentioned that there was going to be a Candidate’s forum, Review of the Budget and urged everyone to attend. She said that Selectman Steve Dalessio is also reviving the Leadership Program in which participants visit all parts of local government including the fire department, police department, all the various boards both in Walpole and North Walpole.

Site Plan Review Regulations and Subdivision Regulations: At the last meeting, a Board member made a wish. She wished she had a copy of the Site Plan Review Regulations. This month Site Plan Review Regulations as well as Subdivision Regulations were handed out to the entire Board.

Special Exception Matrix. The Board made some additions and corrections to the Special Exceptions matrix. The purpose of the matrix is to make it easier for an applicant to navigate the path when variances and special  exceptions are needed. Draft 3 is on the next page.

Palmer Photographs: The Board looked at photographs of Mr. Doug Palmer‘s garage, which has been converted into living space. Palmer received a waiver from the Board last fall for his family to live in the garage while they are building a house nearby. He promised to return the garage to a “regular” garage and remove the living facilities when the house is completed.

Zoning Ordinances: When are we going to address the changes to the Special Exception? Mr. Anderson asked. Ms. Mansouri said we are not changing the Special Exception form. The discussion last month was about updating the Zoning Ordinances regarding B&Bs and Junkyards. Ms. Mansouri said the changes would in the numbers that match the state’s numbers. It would be on next year’s ballot. The ZBA would have to have a public hearing.

The other thing the Board has to do is go through the names of the boundary district, Ms. Mansouri said. For example, Hitchcock Road is now Alstead Center Road. Watkins Hill Road used to come down to Maple Grove Road, but when 911 came in it was changed and now ends at the bottom of the hill. Look through and make sue the road names are corrct, Ms. Mansouri suggested. Check to see if Bellows Falls Road, then Turnpike Road, is now called Main Street. She suggested looking at previous Town Reports to get the correct language to put on the ballot. Mr. Anderson volunteered to do the research on Junkyards and present it at the next meeting.

There was a question on whether or not B&Bs and Junkyards, which were changes the state made, needed to go on the warrant or if can just be changed in the ordinance. Ms. Mansouri will check. She also said that the Board should limit the number of things put on the warrant so as not to overwhelm the puclic.

Mr. Vose made a motion to go into executive session. The motion was seconded by Ms. Lester and it was approved by the Board. The Board came out of executive session 20 minutes later.

After the Board was back to its regular session, Ms. Leclerc made a motion to accept the minutes of the executive session in December as presented and seal them. Ms. Lester seconded the motion and it passed the board.

The Board adjourned at 8:20 pm.


Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine


Minutes are posted inside the Town Offices and on the bulletin board outside Walpole Grocery.

Cc : WPB, The Walpolean, http://www.walpole.nh.us

Draft 3 – Special Exception Matrix


What District?

Does project conform to zoning ordinance?

Yes                                                                                No

Go to PB for                                                             Go to ZBA

Site Plan Review                                                         Fill out application


Variance                                          Special Exception

Needed                                                            Needed

Variance Hearing                                                               Go to PB

Set Hearing Date

Get Recommendation


Judgment made                                                                   Return to ZBA for Special

Exception Hearing


Go to PB for                                                             Judgment made

Site Plan Review

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