February 23, 2004


The Chairman, Paddy Culbert called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm.


The Secretary, Bill Scanzani, called the roll:



Paddy Culbert, Bill Scanzani, Peter McNamara, Henry DeLuca, Gael Ouellette, Robin Bousa, Alternate Bob Yarmo (left the meeting at approximately 8pm) , Planning Director Will D’Andrea




Selectmen Representative Hal Lynde, Alternate Raymond Brunelle




Map 30 Lot 11-93 – Cormier & Saurman Building, LLC – Dutton Road – Proposed Elderly Complex for Site Plan Review and Seeking Special Permit for Wetland Crossing for continued consideration


Mr. Culbert informed that the above listed application would not be heard.  The attorneys have filed an appeal (regarding the understanding of the zoning), which would be heard at the Zoning Board of Adjustment. 


The application was date specified for the Planning Board meeting of April 19, 2004. 


Discussion of Planning Board’s goals and initiatives


Mr. Scanzani updated the Board regarding the discussions at the Legislative quorum conducted with NRPC where members of the House and Senate discuss planning issues and what bills that are on the Legislative agenda.  He said the main part was to ensure that local control was maintained.  The other major topic of discussion was the state economy and the importance of economic growth to the state economy.  He provided the Board with some of the statistics for Rockingham and Hillsborough County in connection with affordable homes and the number of school age children in such units.  Mr. Scanzani noted that the House killed Senate Bill 95 (affordable housing).  He said that an alternate bill would probably be brought forward again.  The Board discussed affordable housing and the fact that the Town had no incentives for builders to bring forward that type of plan for review. 


Mr. Yarmo asked the Board to take a position regarding the Warrant Article brought forward by the Conservation Commission and the Open Space Committee that requests $3,000,000 to purchase conservation land.  He wanted to know if the Board would support the warrant article.  Mr. Scanzani said the use of land would be consistent with many revisions of the Master Plan, and had clearly shown up in the surveys conducted with the public.  Mr. Culbert said that the Master Plan, which had been adopted by the Planning Board supported the preservation, conservation of open space land.  It was noted that the land proposed for purchase would not be wetlands, but would actually be tracts of land that could otherwise be developed (portions of which may be wet, just as most parcels in the Town). 


Mr. Yarmo left the meeting.


The Board resumed their review of the items listed on the attached Planning Board initiatives and goals for 2003,  which they had started during the last work session. 


Mr. Scanzani began the discussion by talking about the dangers of the Tallant Road and Castle Hill Road intersections along Mammoth Road.  He suggested that a letter be sent to the state regarding these intersections requesting lighting and signage.  Mr. Culbert asked that the Safety Committee review alternative lighting for dangerous intersections. 


Mr. Scanzani discussed growth management and impact fees as listed in Item #9.  He noted that there was still a need for a good Park and Recreation plan (Item #10).  He continued review of the Board goals and felt there was a need to enact a steep slope regulation.  Mr. Culbert asked Mr. D’Andrea to review the language surrounding towns use for steep slopes. 


Mr. Scanzani believed there was a need to meet with the Conservation Commission to review the Town’s natural resource inventory for the protection of certain areas.  He said there should be a discussion regarding the creation of Village Districts, which are outlined under the Innovative Land Use. 


The Board discussed GIS mapping and its advantages for future developments.  There was a question whether or not an account could be set up (through fees collected) to fund and expended (by approval of Town vote).  Mr. D’Andrea will contact Town Counsel to find out if an account could be set up.


Mr. Scanzani felt the site development regulations should be updated to require a performance bond to ensure that site work was performed as approved by the Board.  Mr. D’Andrea reviewed the regulations (240:19), which contained language for the collection of a cash bond to guarantee completion of all required site improvements.  Mr. Scanzani felt the regulation language should be more specific.


Mr. Scanzani said he would like to have a more detailed Economic Impact Study.  He thought NRPC may be able to help develop an expanded study.  He said he would also like the Master Plan contain a section regarding local water resource management and protection.  Mr. McNamara suggested that the Conservation Commission help the Board.  Mr. Scanzani said that the state was still reviewing the increases in prime wetlands and protections.  He wanted to know if the Board would be open to bringing wetland (WCD) protection back before the voters even though it had failed in the past.  He believed additional education/information may be needed for the voters. 


Mr. Culbert asked that the Board members each create a top ten list, from which the Board would prioritize the top six items to work on. 


Mr. Scanzani requested that the signature block on plans be relocated to the bottom right of the page.  Mr. D’Andrea will review the plans to make sure that the signature block is moved on new plans.


Mr. Culbert asked that the Board add 55+ housing to the list.  Mr. DeLuca discussed the type of housing Chelmsford offered, called independent living which was multi-units on small acreage. 


Mr. Culbert reiterated that he would like Board members to pick ten items they felt were the priority. 




November 17, 2003



(Scanzani/Ouellette) To approve the November 17, 2003 meeting minutes as amended.




(6-0-0) The motion carried.


February 2, 2004



(Scanzani/Ouellette) To approve the February 2, 2004 meeting minutes as amended.




(6 - 0 - 0) The motion carried. 




April 19, 2004

Map 30 Lot 11-93 – Cormier & Saurman Building, LLC – Dutton Road – Proposed Elderly Complex for Site Plan Review and Seeking Special Permit for Wetland Crossing for continued consideration




A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting.


The meeting was adjourned at approximately 9:12pm.

                                                                                          Respectfully submitted,


                                                                                          Charity A. L. Willis

                                                                                          Recording Secretary