February 19, 2014 Planning Board Meeting Minutes

Status: 
Draft

 TOWN OF WILTON
PLANNING BOARD MEETING
MINUTES
DRAFT

DATE: February 19, 2014
TIME: 7:30 P.M.
PLACE: Wilton Town Hall Courtroom

PRESENT: Wilton Planning Board Members: Chairman Alec MacMartin (arrived late), Vice Chairman Jeff Kandt, Neil Faiman, Matt Fish, Alternate Sara Spittel (non-voting), Board of Selectmen Representative Bill Condra, NRPC Representative Jennifer Dinovo, and Clerk Heather Loewy Nichols.

The agenda was amended as follows:
1.) PB14-001-SA – Ken Spacht and BCDR Properties
2.) PB13-007-SPRA - Hilltop Cafe
3.) Other Business
- A Child’s Nature: Proposed Daycare
- Adjournment

Vice Chairman Kandt opened the meeting at 7:45 p.m.

Sign Application
1) PB14-001-SA - Ken Spacht (applicant) and Benjamin Rumore, BCDR Properties, LLC (owner): Application for a 32 SF sign made of steel and wood on Lot F-026 at 340 Gibbons Highway.

Mr. Kandt explained that the application is to erect a sign at 340 Gibbons Highway, Lot F-026, for Work Rock Construction.

Ms. Spittel explained that Lot F-026 is the empty lot between the House by the Side of the Road and the hotdog stand.

Mr. Spacht appeared before the Board and explained that he will be parking commercial trucks on the lot that he does not have room for at his residence and also he will be installing the sign.

Mr. Kandt stated that the application states that the top of the sign will be 16 feet high and the sign will be 32SF in area.

In response to a question from Mr. Kandt, Mr. Spacht stated that the sign will be lit from the outside, facing down.

In response to a question from Mr. Kandt, Mr. Spacht stated that the right of way on Route 101 is 150 feet.

Mr. Kandt noted that the sign needs to be more than 15 feet from the right of way or approximately 90 feet from the center line and with the applicant’s permission he amended the application to reflect the appropriate location.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Faiman and SECONDED by Mr. Fish to approve the sign application.
Voting: 4 ayes; motion carried with Mr. MacMartin abstaining as he arrived in the middle of the hearing.

Continued Applications
2. PB13-007-SPRA - Hilltop Cafe - An application to amend the original Site Plan approval (PB10-007-SPR) by increasing kitchen seating and changing the exterior of the building.

Neil Faiman left the Board as a voting Member.

Lincoln Geiger appeared before the Board for the applicant.

Mr. MacMartin noted that the applicant needs to replenish the escrow funds for this application and Mr. Geiger stated that he will pay the town clerk.

Mr. MacMartin read a letter from Steve Elliot, Wilton Road Agent, noting site distances from the existing curb cut ranging from 107ꞌ to 275ꞌ.

Mr. Geiger explained that he still needs a letter from the Fire Chief and to get the owner’s signature on the site plan. He submitted a revised site plan noting that it now shows the lighting, including the downcast walking lighting on the path from the parking area to the main entrance of the café. He also noted that the parking has been revised, as originally his spots were too big, and the spots have been delineated in the notes. Also, he stated, the plan now shows the septic system and the drainage of the culvert that drains in the yard to the creek.

In response to a question from Mr. Kandt, Mr. Geiger stated that parking spots #11 or #12 could be designated as tenant parking,

In response to a question from the Board, Mr. Geiger stated that three people currently reside in the apartment which has two bedrooms.

After reviewing the regulations, Mr. Kandt stated that the applicant is required to show two parking spaces for the apartment tenants. Mr. MacMartin also suggested a note explaining that the apartment has two bedrooms and therefore requires two parking spaces.

After discussion, the Board determined that the submitted site plan needs an additional parking space.

The Board discussed two waiver requests submitted by the applicant for Section 9.5- Storm Drainage and Section 9.8 – Landscaping.

Mr. Lincoln stated that he is investigating waivers from the handicap access requirements for a historic building. After discussion, the Board agreed that the current wording of Note #6 on the site plan is reasonable with regard to the ADA requirements.

Mr. MacMartin noted that the dumpster set up against the stone wall, within the setback, is not historic or beautiful and he and Mr. Fish suggested that if it was moved closer to the interior of the building areas such as by the barn and the silo.

In response to a question from Mr. MacMartin, Mr. Geiger explained that there is an additional curb cut that has been approved by the state and Mr. MacMartin stated that the curb cut needs to be depicted on the plan.

Mr. Geiger presented a letter to the Board regarding New Hampshire rules for seating noting that only indoor seating is counted. He further explained that the load on the septic system for outside seating is only 3 gallons versus 20 gallons for inside seats. He further explained that the outside seating is primarily in the summer and during that time a quarter to a third of the clientele walk to the café and he is hoping to have three picnic tables which seat four to six people each for these extra summer patrons.

Steve Elliot, Wilton resident, explained that at his restaurant he has four picnic tables on the lawn which are not included in the seat count because tables not on enclosed patios are not considered by the Fire Chief or the Health Department.

In response to a question from Mr. MacMartin with regard to the drainage waiver request, Mr. Geiger stated that he will ask his consultant about whether there is any way, such as a catch basin, to clean debris out of the culvert before it gets to the creek.

In response to a question from Mr. MacMartin, Mr. Geiger stated that the parking spaces exist currently.

The Board questioned a line on the site plan notating something in the parking area that seems to no longer exist.

Guy Johnson, Mason Road resident, stated that he feels the café is good for the neighborhood.

In response to a question from Mr. Johnson, the Board stated that the site plan depicts the location of the dumpster.

In response to a question from Ms. Spittel, Mr. Geiger stated that he will not be removing any of the stone wall. Ms. Spittel noted that the site plan needs to be corrected as it shows a curb cut through the stone wall.

In response to a question from Ms. Spittel, Mr. Geiger stated that there will be no gravel or patio under the outdoor seating and Ms. Spittel suggested that a note be added to explain that. After discussion, the Board suggested that the applicant remove the outdoor seating demarcation on the site plan and instead add a note stating the number of picnic tables the applicant would like to have.

The Board noted that the previously approved sign should be shown on the site plan.

August Harvey, a teacher at the High Mowing/Pine Hill schools, stated that he appreciates the detail with which the Board has reviewed the application, specifically in terms of what would be best for this space, and he encouraged the Board to look at the application in a supportive way because the café brings a lot to the community.

In response to a question from Mr. Johnson, Mr. Kandt explained that the Board has accounted for customers, employees, and the tenants. Mr. Geiger noted that there is additional parking for the farm which is not included in this application.

In response to a question from Ms. Spittel, Mr. Geiger stated that the café will not have any parking across the street. The Board suggested that the existing farm parking be shown on the site plan.

In response to a question from Mr. Geiger, Mr. Kandt explained that a conditional approval is for administrative items, or a well defined change on the plan, only and Mr. MacMartin suggested that Mr. Geiger discuss the issue with the Board of Selectmen again. Mr. Kandt further explained that the Planning Board will approve the site plan in accordance with the Zoning Board decision but this site plan is not ready.

Mr. Condra explained that the Board of Selectmen decided that they will enforce the existing plan, but the applicant can rearrange the days which they are open if they choose, until the new plan is approved.

In response to a question from Andrew Kennedy, Mr. Condra explained that the Board of Selectmen agreed to the café re-arranging the days they are open, but not the hours, as the currently approved site plan states that the café can be open five days.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Kandt and SECONDED by Mr. Fish to continue the application to March 19, 2014.
Voting: 4 ayes; motion carried unanimously.

3. Other Business
- A Child’s Nature

Patrick Gillum, Lyndeborough resident and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Pine Hill, and Peggy Waterhouse, Executive Director of A Child’s Nature, appeared before the Board and explained that they realized recently after speaking with the Board of Selectmen that they had not acquired all the necessary Zoning and Planning Board approval to run a daycare at Pine Hill. After discussion, the Board suggested the applicant could pull all the approved site plans together on one site plan for their application. The Board also suggested the applicants refer to Section 9.7.3.b (1).

Mr. Faiman returned to the Board as a voting member.

- Adjournment
A MOTION was made by Mr. Condra and SECONDED by Mr. Kandt to adjourn the meeting.
Voting: 5 ayes; motion carried unanimously.

Chairman MacMartin declared the meeting adjourned.

Respectfully Submitted,
Heather Loewy Nichols
Clerk

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