Planning Board Meeting Minutes – 7/12/16

Walpole Planning Board

Town Hall

July 12, 2016 Minutes

7 pm


Presiding: Jeffrey Miller (Chair), Robert Miller (Vice-Chair), James Aldrich, (Secretary), Steve Dalessio (Selectboard Representative), Dennis Marcom, Jeff White.

Alternates: Ed Potter.

Absent: Board member Jason Perron, alternate Joanna Andros.

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

Meeting Opened: Mr. J. Miller, Chair, called the meeting to order at 7 pm.

Roll Call:  One Board member was absent so alternate Ed Potter was asked to sit  in.

Minutes: Mr. R. Miller made one correction to the June minutes – correcting the regular meeting date to June 14, 2016. A motion was made to accept the amended June 2016 minutes and the workshop minutes. The motion was seconded and the board unanimously agreed.

Old Business:

            Public Hearing: First Congregational Church of Walpole, Lot Line Adjustment, Map 20, Lot 75, commercial  district, will receive as a donation a 58.5-foot-by-123-feet-parcel of land at the west end of Lot 80 from Walpole Chocolate LLC and add it to the east end of Lot 75, First Congregational Church property.


Dr. Charles Shaw represented the church. He said the church had been negotiating for the property for three years, first from the Cashels, secondly from the Burdicks and now from the new owners of the Walpole Chocolate LLC.

The parcel is 6,000 square feet and 58.5 by 123 feet. There is a line of trees that defines the lot. As there were no questions, Mr. J. Miller closed the Public Hearing. Mr. Ed. Potter made a motion to accept the Lot Line Adjustment as described. Mr. Aldrich seconded the motion and it was approved by the Board.


Ben Northcott representing Fuzzy Brothers Excavation LLC.

            The property is at 15 Sawmill Lane and Mr. Northcott plans to renovate a barn to be used to repair large earth-moving equipment. He also plans to plant some trees along a line of trees, filling in the bare spots, to shield the equipment from the road and to store equipment on the property during the winter.

There was a question of whether or not  Mr. Northcott needed a Site Plan Review at this time since he will not now be spending money to renovate the barn.

A special exception hearing is planned with the Zoning Board of Adjustment for next week so he can operate this business in a rural/agricultural zone. So Mr. Northcott also needs a Public Hearing for a nonbinding recommendation on the Special Exception from the Planning Board. Mr. Northcott requested one for next month – August. The Board agreed..

            New business: Mr. Dalessio said he would like a discussion at the next meeting about applicants submitting PDFs of their maps so all Board members have copies before the meeting.


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