Zoning Board Meeting Minutes – 11/15/17

Zoning Board of Adjustment

Town of Walpole

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

7:30 pm



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

Recording: Marilou Blaine. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the December 2017 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 an alternate was not needed to fill in.


Minutes: On page 2 there were a couple of grammatical corrections. For example, provided should be provide, include should be includes and in sixth paragraph there should be the word stated after Ms. Lester. Also Ms. Clerc pointed out that Mr. Sawyer’s pit on Route 12 is not grandfathered. Ms. Lester made a motion to accept the minutes as amended. Ms. Trow seconded the motion and it was approved by the entire Board.


New Business:

Paula Burdick: new driveway Elm Street – Ms. Paula Burdick did not come to the meeting.


Update on Dan Mandich business From the Heart: Ms. Mansouri explained Mr. Mandich dropped off the form from the state for his home office on Prospect Hill. She signed it, made a copy and then he had to take it to the fire department for the fire chief to sign. Mr. Mandich will then bring back the form from the state and we will copy it and put it in his file. He’s not having anyone coming to to his house.


Update Carmody property, 6 Ames Lane, 2009 Town Report – There were questions about the status of the Carmody property on Ames Lane. According to the 2007 and 2008 Town Report, Dearborn Circle and Burrows Lane were changed to residential B at a vote on the warrant that resulted in 973 for and 137 against.

Ames Lane is a private road so their frontage is on Dearborn Circle, Ms. Trow said. So that means if the frontage of the lots is on Dearborn Circle, then the two lots are Residential B, not commercial.

Mr. Vose said one of the Carmody lots is on a corner so it’s also on Upper Walpole Rd. He would have the proper frontage there.

Ms. Leclerc said the lots may have the frontage on Dearborn Circle, but there is nothing in the zoning ordinance that says they have to use the frontage for access. 

Ms. Mansouri said the map say it’s Residential B and the tax card says it’s commercial.

In the end, the Board looked up the recently redrawn zoning map from Avitar.  That map indicates that the lot with frontage on both Dearborn Circle and Upper Walpole Road is in Residential B. It also shows the lot that was subdivided off from the corner lot is zoned commercial.


Patricia Rodrigues request

Under the Right to Know law, Ms. Rodrigues requested by email copies of the gravel pit inspection reports for Graves Gravel pit and Hodgkins Industrial Park Gravel Pit. The secretary sent her copies of each report after she supplied her mailing address.



At the request of the Board at the October meeting, the Board asked the secretary to research lighting and to check with Mari Brunner at Southwest Regional Planning Commission. Ms. Brunner suggested looking at the manual “Innovative Land Use Planning Techniques,’’ which the secretary obtained for free from Steve Landry of the NH Department of Environmental Services. Also included in the lighting information was the Planning Board’s lighting plan in the site plan and a document that was in the file.

Ms. Trow said, regarding the Irving sign, she wanted to see the sign illuminated so in the future she’ll have a better idea of brightness. Ms. Raynie Laware said the sign would be 6700 lumens. Some of the sample ordinances in the “Innovative” book recommended1800 lumens as the optimum number of lumens. All agreed that seeing the sign will make the difference. If there’s a problem, Ms. Laware said the lights could be dimmed.

Ms. Trow asked if light is a zoning responsibility. Mr. Vose responded that the Board can put conditions on anything.


New Business:

Ms. Mansouri was at the Planning Board meeting the previous night and there was a Public Hearing on amending the Detached Accessory Dwelling Units. The Planning Board voted to recommend the amendments and they will be placed on the warrant in March.

Ms. Mansouri and Mr. Jeff Miller, chair of the Planning Board, are the ones who came up with the language for the amendments.

The amendments are:

A definition of DADU:

As defined as a residential living unit that is with the same single-family lot and provides independent living facilities for one or more persons, including provisions for sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation on the same parcel of land as the principal unit it accompanies.

1-F No conversions to condominiums and must remain in common ownership.

2-D Only one DADU per lot.

2-E Must comply with town ordinances and regulations.

Ms. Mansouri asked if the language for the amendments were going to the town attorney. She will check with the Planning Board chair Jeff Miller.


Town Warrant 

Ms. Trow and Ms. Barnes were looking into the signage on Alstead Center Road, which at one time was called Hitchcock Road. Ms. Trow said that she and Ms. Barnes had the maps out and quickly felt that the descriptions were descriptions of 1960 things that they had no knowledge of. She said she always relied on the maps before and not the written descriptions in the ordinance.

Ms. Mansouri said she would contact the Municipal Association in Concord and ask them to help write an ordinance as simple as possible. But if it goes on the warrant, it needs two Public Hearings by the Planning Board. The name of the road was changed when 911 went in.


Good News 

Bob Anderson said he would be happy to come back as an alternate starting in January. Everyone was very glad to see him when he stopped in and were delighted with his decision to comeback on the Board. He has been missed.

Mr. Murray wanted to know the zone of the lot next to where Dr. Chuck Shaw’s veterinary business is. Mr. Vose responded rural/agricultural.


Mr. Vose made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Ms. Leclerc and entire Board vote in the affirmative.


Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine


Next meeting: Wednesday, December 20, 2017

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