Walpole Planning Board
September 13, 2016 Minutes
Walpole Town Hall
Presiding Members: Jeffrey Miller (Chair), Robert Miller (Vice-Chair), James Aldrich, (Secretary), Dennis Marcom, Jason Perron, Jeff White. Alternates: Edward Potter and Joanna Andros. Absent: Steve Dalessio (Selectboard Representative).
Recording: Marilou Blaine. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the October 11, 2015, meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions.
Meeting Opened: Mr. J. Miller called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm.
Roll Call: All board members were present so no alternates were called to fill in.
Minutes: Approve August minutes and workshop minutes. Mr. Perron made a motion to approve the regular meeting minutes and the workshop minutes as written. Mr. Marcom seconded the motion and it was approved by the Board.
Voluntary Merger – Sidney Craven, Map 22, Lot 16, 100 North Road LLC. Mr. Joe Dibernardo explained that the town considers this property for tax purposes as one tract but the deed, as the map shows, considers it as two tracts of land. Currently, there is a property line going through a portion of the garage. The deed is being rewritten to consider these two tracts as one. There will be a new deed. They are both owned by the same person. These parcels may no longer be separately transferred without subdivision approval and will henceforth be known as Tax Map 22 Lot 16.
The owners will file a new deed and record the plan and that should straighten out the legalities. It’s been one lot for 40 or 50 years, Dibernardo said.
Mr. Marcom made a motion to accept the Voluntary Merger. Mr. Perron seconded the motion and it was approved by the Board.
Lewis Jeffrey wants to do a boundary line adjustment of his father’s property on Old Keene Road and Hooper Road.
Louis Jeffrey inherited the property from his father and it’s two lots now and he wants to sell it. There are two houses on it. There are two separate deeds for these two tracts. One deed incorrectly describes the land on one of the tracts and mixes up the land putting the house to the north on land where the little red house is. The difference between the buildings is only 49 feet.
What Mr. Dibernardo wants to do is correct an already existing lot.
You can’t create a lot that lot that is non-conforming so you’ll probably need a variance, Mr. J. Miller said.
Mr. R. Miller asked if the deed was written before there was zoning. He asked if it was before March 1968. Mr. Dibernardo wasn’t sure. Mr. J. Miller remembers it being there when he was a kid. Mr. Aldrich remembers it as a gas station that also sold 10-cent-cokes. He used to ride his bike there. Mr. Dibernardo is going to check when the deeds were written.
Mr. J. Miller said to clarify things, you should go to the ZBA for a variance and make it into two conforming lots. The lot size would conform and it’s only half a foot short of the required current setback ordinance. There is sufficient road frontage. It is on the main route into Walpole – Old Keene Road. It is in the residential B zoning district. This is a preexisting condition.
Mr. Dibernardo requested a public hearing contingent on the outcome of his variance with the zoning board. A motion was made by Mr. Aldrich for a Public Hearing in November. It was seconded by Mr. J. Miller and approved by the Board.
Lot Line Adjustment, Map 20, Lot 59, 19 Elm Street LLC The LLC wants to annex .02 acres from Lot 58. Request for a Public Hearing. Raynie Laware is representing the LLC. It’s just a sliver between the two lots but the LLC wants it straightened out.
Mr. Marcom made a motion to hold a Public Hearing in October. The motion was seconded by Mr. Perron and approved by the Board.
Playground – Members of the playground committee raised almost $90,000 for new equipment. They wanted to know if they needed permission to have a volunteer group put it together on the last weekend in September and a dedication sometime in October. It was determined there was no need to involve the Planning Board. Good luck playground committee.
Workshop: The Board decided the monthly workshop should be on Wednesday, September 28, at 7 pm because the Horse Thieves Society meeting was on Tuesday, September 27.