Planning Board

The Pelham Planning Board is an elected body which is authorized by New Hampshire statutes to perform a variety of functions. A majority of the Board’s bimonthly meetings are concerned with reviewing residential subdivision applications and business/commercial/industrial site plan applications to ensure compliance with local and State Ordinances and Regulations.

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Meeting minutes for the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment and Conservation Commission are kept in accordance with RSA 91-A:4 and RSA 676:3.  This page serves as a reference for "Approved Meeting Minutes" i.e. reviewed for accuracy and approved by majority vote of at least 3 board members who attended that date specific meeting.  For more timely information on a specific issue, please refer to the Planning Department.  Preliminary (unapproved and subject to change) meeting minutes are available 5 business days after a meeting at the Planning Department.

                            EMERGENCY MEETING AGENDA

7:00 P.M. Call meeting to order

In accordance with RSA 91-A:2, II, the Planning Board Chair has called an emergency meeting to vote on the zoning questions to be recommeded for the 2017 Town ballot. Any such recommendations must be to the draft wording made available to the public in advance of the 1/5/2017 public hearing with any substantive changes made at the 1/5/2017 hearing removed since no 2nd public hearing was advertised or held.

Most Meeting are tape recorded.

If you are disabled, you have the right to attend, hear and participate in all public meetings held by the Town of Pelham. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act the towh will provide auxiliary aids and services to accomplish this if they are needed. Please contact this office 72 hours in advance if you need assistance.




In accordance with RSA 675:3-7, the Pelham Planning Board held a  public hearing to discuss zoning amendments proposed for the 2017 Town Meeting on January 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Pelham Municipal Center, 6 Village Green, Pelham, New Hampshire.  The proposed amendments are described as follows:

  1. DRAFT Changes to the Pelham Zoning Ordinance, Article XI Signs which is a complete re-write to comply with a June 18, 2015 Federal Supreme Court decision (Reed v Town of Gilbert, AZ). The re-write eliminates references to sign messages to preserve free speech rights and instead restricts signs based entirely on the zone in which they are to be used and to size, physical sign type, etc.”  In 309-71-1 Signs within the Business and Industrial Districts Table of Requirements this revision also allows full color electronic messaging displays provided:
    1.  there is only one per property;
    2.  they cannot exceed 3 x 5 sq. ft.;
    3.  the LEDs must display static messages with a minimum of 3 second intervals between images with no flashing or animation;
    4. the signs must also be dimmed at dusk to protect driver safety and visual character as described in 307-66-1 Purpose. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CHANGES AS APPROVED BY THE PLANNING BOARD.
  1. DRAFT Changes to the Pelham Zoning Ordinance, Article XII Special Exceptions Section 307-74 Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).  This revision complies with RSA 674:71-73 by making the following changes to the requirements for ADUs::
    1. ADUs must be attached to the primary dwelling with a common wall between;
    2. may contain two bedrooms where currently restricted to one;
    3. no longer can be limited to relatives or caregivers of the property owner;
    4. may be up to 800 sq. feet where now restricted to 750 sq. ft.;
    5. the primary dwelling and ADU must be under the same ownership;
    6. not allowed on lots that are less than one acre in size except approved Conservation Subdivision lots or lots within the MUZD;
    7. No home occupations may be operated from the primary dwelling or the ADU. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CHANGES AS APPROVED BY THE PLANNING BOARD.
  1. DRAFT changes to the Pelham Zoning Ordinance, Article IX Senior and Elderly Housing;
    1. Eliminates provisions allowing 55+ housing but preserves 62+ Elderly housing, Assisted Living and Congregate Care developments;
    2. increases required land area from 10,000 to 15,000 sq. ft. of usable land per unit;
    3. increases buffers to abutting properties from 50 to 100 feet with discretion given to the Planning Board to require additional buffering;
    4. requires all units to be fully ADA compliant;
    5. requires a club house for stand-alone and duplex Elderly Housing developments. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CHANGES AS APPROVED BY THE PLANNING BOARD.
  1. Changes to the Pelham Zoning Ordinance by Petition, Article IV Establishment of Districts, Section 307-18 Table of Uses to allow Warehousing and Storage as uses within Pelham Business District #5. The Planning Board will vote to “Recommend” or to “Not Recommend”. CLICK HERE TO READ THE PLANNING BOARD VOTED TO RECOMMEND THIS CHANGE .

The full text of all proposed amendments is available from the Planning Department or by clicking on the links above in red.





Sanborn-Head Planning Board presentation on 10/3/16

Groundwater in Bedrock Aquifers:
Development Considerations


  • Background on groundwater in bedrock aquifers
  • Overview on the effects of pumping groundwater from a bedrock well and concept of adequate yield
  • Steps that could be taken to anticipate potential impacts of groundwater pumping from development

The video of this meeting can be accessed HERE

The unapproved Planning Board Meeting Minutes can be accessed HERE


Tax Map Revision fees are now $60 per Lot for Subdivision and Lot Line Adjustment applications.


Board Members

Name Title
Peter McNamara Chair - Term Expires 2019
Roger Montbleau Vice-Chair - Term Expires 2018
Paul Dadak Secretary - Term expires 2017
Jason Croteau Member - Term Expires 2017
Timothy Doherty Member - Term Expires 2019
Joseph Passamonte Member - Term expires 2018
Paddy Culbert Alternate - Term Expires 2019
Mike Sherman Alternate - Term expires 2018
Robert Molloy Alternate - Term Expires 2018
Jeff Gowan Planning Director (Permanent Position)
Charity Landry Recording Secretary (Permanent Position)
Richard Olsen Alternate -Term Expires 2019
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