Planning & Zoning Board Notices & Minutes

Feb 23, 2016

Approved Planning Board Minutes Feb 23, 2016

6:00 PM

PRESENT: Chairman Eddy Moore, Art Tighe, Guy Harriman, Jerry LeSage, and Joanna Ray (recording secretary)

EXCUSED: Vice Chair Sean Sweeney, Jessica Daine, and Heidi Hurley

OTHERS: John Wypychoski, Darin Wipperman, Dann, and Rudy Gelsi

Chairman Moore called the meeting to order at 6:00. Guy Harriman and Jerry LeSage were designated as voting member for this meeting. No conflicts were stated. Chairman Moore accepted the application as presented. The applicant agreed to proceed with only four board members.

John Wypychoski, Applicant / REL Commons LLC, Owner – ZBA16-02 – Request for a Special Exception relating to Article IV, Section 4.02.05 of the Littleton Zoning Ordinance to allow a General Service Garage at 570 Meadow Street, tax map 76-4, in the C-I zone.

John covered the basics of the operation for Town Fair Tire. They have been in business over 40 years and have 91 stores. The stores have one owner and there is a manager in each store. Eight to ten people would be employed at this location. The business will include the sale and installation of tires. Large trucks will not be serviced. The largest vehicles will be pick-ups and SUV’s. This location will have 5 bays. The store will be closed on Sunday and normal business hours the rest of the week. Town Fair Tire also offers wheel alignments in the fifth bay, but do not install any parts. Merchandise, tires, and wheels will be displayed. There will be no storage of cars overnight. The typical procedure is the customer will purchase the tires, the tires are put on, and the vehicle is removed. The process should take less than an hour. A weekly removal of tires is planned. Deliveries from CT will be done once a week during regular business hours.

Jerry LeSage asked where the bays would be located. John Wypychoski said they will be at the rear of the store. An addition will not be created and there is no longer a loading dock.

No abutters were present. Rudy Gelsi stated he thought this was a good project and hoped the Board accepts it.

Art Tighe reviewed the comments submitted by various Town departments. George McNamara had concerns regarding possible slab drains, oil and grease separator, and an Industrial Discharge sewer permit being necessary. John Wypychoski confirmed that there will be no auto repairs therefore a drain will not be required.

Police Chief Paul Smith did not have concerns regarding the proposed use.

The Board reviewed the concerns stated by Fire Chief Joe Mercieri. John Wypychoski confirmed that old tires will be removed from the site on a weekly basis. In between pickups, the tires will be stored in a locked storage area that is already on site. John also confirmed that the dumpster has been moved away from the tire storage area. Chief Mercieri also voiced concerns over a possible combustible liquid spill control plan. John confirmed that there not be any repairs that would result in spills. Only tire changes.

The NH Dept. of Transportation stated in an email that the traffic generation pattern and vehicular access requirements would be comparable to the Aubuchon hardware store that existed there previously. Therefore, the DOT will not require any further action.
There were no further comments. Chairman Moore closed the public input portion of the meeting. Jerry LeSage read the comments submitted by the applicant.

  1. The site is appropriate as it has ample parking in front for customers. Safe pedestrian walkways and the access to the rear of where the bays will be located.
  2. Property values will not go down. There are like uses which fit into the Meadow Street area which will increase business and competition creating more growth with new job opportunities as well.
  3. No nuisance or hazard will result from the operation of the proposed business.
  4. Adequiate and appropriate facilities will be provided. Space being leased will be brought up to today’s codes, with ADA access, bathrooms, and modern LED lighting with comfortable waiting area. Modern equipment, energy efficient.

Art Tighe made comments regarding the applicant’s comments. The proposed is next to other businesses such as a restaurant, hotel, retail and liquor store. This is not an inappropriate use. Jerry LeSage commented that there is high visibility for the proposed use. Art commented that there are already businesses so adding another one would not negatively impact the abutters. The hours are retail oriented. The building will be brought up to current building code. No Board member disagreed with the findings of the facts.

Jerry LeSage made a motion to approve ZBA16-02 without prejudice with the condition that the applicant comply with all Federal, State, and Local regulations. Art Tighe second the motion. The motion passed 4-0.

Chairman Moore informed the applicant that there is a 30-day appeal period.

January 12, 2016
Art Tighe made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Jerry LeSage second the motion. The motion passed 4-0.

At 6:30, Art Tighe made a motion to adjourn. Jerry LeSage second the motion. The motion passed 4-0.

Submitted by,
Joanna Ray