Zoning Board Meeting Minutes – 9/20/17

Zoning Board of Adjustment

Town of Walpole

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

7:30 pm


Present: Board Members: Chair Myra Mansouri, Vice-Chair Jan Galloway Leclerc, Tom Murray, Judy Trow, Mary Therese Lester. Alternate: Pauline Barnes. Absent: Ernie Vose. 

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

Roll Call: Ms. Mansouri called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm. There were five board members present so no one was needed to fill in.


Minutes:  Corrections to the minutes are as follows: page 4, first paragraph – center of the road was changed to edge of the road; page 2, paragraph 2 second sentence should be in quotes and in the same paragraph the last word, “with” should be followed by “selling excess materials.”

Ms. Leclerc made a motion to accept the minutes as corrected. Mr. Murray seconded the motion and the Board voted in favor of the motion.

The August Executive Session minutes will be voted on next month.


New Business:

Paula Burdick wants to put in a new driveway at a home she owns on Elm Street. Ms. Burdick could not make the meeting so it was postponed until next month.

New signage at Jakes was postponed until next month.


Gravel Pit Inspections:

Every year gravel pits must be inspected by the Zoning Board. This year the assignments are as follows:

Cold River and Whipple Hill – Ernie and MT

Hodgkins – Drewsville and Industrial Park – Judy and Myra

Graves – Jan and Tom

Sawyer – Jan and Tom

Inspection forms will be turned in at the October meeting.

Ms. Barnes asked about inspections. Ms. Trow suggested she check RSA 1:55, which is in the Planning Board manual on page 119.


Letter to the Zoning Board

The Zoning Board received a letter from a Walpole resident living in Dearborn Circle. The person was  concerned about the September Zoning Board minutes and was writing about the discussion of a storage facility at 6 Ames Plaza Lane.

The letter said that in March 2007, Dearborn Circle and Burrows Lane was changed by referendum ballot from Commercial to Residential A.

The letter also mentioned that the trees, mentioned in the minutes, were not tall, nor adequate in their implementation. “They do not provide adequate screening, as the lower branches die off in the single-row planting. No tree is greater than 30 feet tall, and three trees in that row have died in the past five years.”

The tax card was looked at and it was found that that property is zoned Residential B, not commercial, as was stated at the prior meeting. A person could not build a storage facility there without a Special Exception or a Variance. And an owner of the property could not built a four or six apartment house structure as an apartment in Residential B can only have two apartments.


Warrant Article 

Ms. Trow and Ms. Barnes will read through the Zoning Articles and find road names that have been changed. Changes to the Zoning Articles will then be presented at two public hearings regarding the name changes and be put on the 2018 warrant.


A motion was made to adjourn. It was seconded by Ms. Lester and approved by the Board.


Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine

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