Planning & Zoning Board Notices & Minutes

Jun 23, 2015

Approved Zoning Board Minutes Jun 23, 2015


LITTLETON ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT
APPROVED MINUTES
TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2015
COMMUNITY HOUSE
120 MAIN ST
LITTLETON, NH 03561
6:00 PM

Present: Chairman Eddy Moore (via speakerphone), Vice Chair Sean Sweeney, Art Tighe, Heidi Hurley, Jerry LeSage, Guy Harriman, and Joanna Ray (recording secretary)

Excused: Jessica Daine

Others: Scott Tippit

Chairman Moore called the meeting to order at 6:00. Jerry LeSage was designated as a voting member for this meeting. There were no conflicts noted. Vice Chair Sweeney confirmed that the case was complete and Chairman Moore moved to accept it.

Scott Tippit, Owner – ZBA15-06 – Request for a Variance relating to Article V, Section 5.01 of the Littleton Zoning Ordinance to allow a non-conforming side setback on North Skinny Ridge Rd, tax map 51-11, in the Rural zone.

Scott Tippet presented his proposal and explained that the chosen location was the best for the house. The house itself meets the required 50’ setback, but the carport does not. There will be an easement recorded for the driveway to the house and landscaping. Art Tighe noted that this was the height of the land. Vice Chair Sweeney asked if the topography of the land prevents the house being moved to meet the setbacks. Scott replied that the best location for the septic system has been chosen and if the house were to move, there would not be enough space between them. The requested setback is 25’. Art asked Scott to confirm what the hardship would be if he is not issued an approval. Scott replied that it would be more difficult to build due to the slope and location of the septic system and the topography is also an issue. There were no abutters present.

There was discussion regarding a possible lot line adjustment with abutting property, tax map 51-10, to allow room for the required setback. Scott Tippit replied that changing the frontage would violate the previous subdivision approval.

Vice Chair Sweeney read the facts submitted by the applicant:

  • The easement for lot in question will establish approximately 100’ of separation from outside edge of easement to proposed structure. The new structure on lot 51-11 will not be visible from any other existing neighbors, residences, or from closest common property lines. As a result, this action will not alter the essential character of the neighborhood. 
  • If this variance is allowed, the action would still afford the privacy considerations to the adjoining lots which seems to be inherent in the setback specifications. The dwelling will actually meet the 50’ setback to the south lot line, however the attached carport will need to be within 25’.
  • Approval of a setback variance should not impose any harm to neighboring lot values, or privacy issues as a result of existing natural features inherent at this location.
  • There will be no harm to any surrounding properties.
  • In addition to the already addressed privacy issues, the proposed structure location is the most suitable flat siting on this lot for the structure, and, as well, with respect to the driveway entrance (by easement) and the septic system location.

Vice Chair Sweeney stated the applicant has pointed out the uniqueness of the property. Chairman Moore stated the board felt this was a reasonable request based on the presentation and then closed the public input to deliberate.

Vice Chair Sweeney said he did not have any issues with the wetlands area. It will not be affected by this setback request. Art Tighe said this request will minimize the impact and others will not be affected. All board members agreed with the findings of the facts.

Vice Chair Sweeney made a motion to approve Scott Tippit, Owner – ZBA15-06 – Request for a Variance relating to Article V, Section 5.01 of the Littleton Zoning Ordinance to allow a non-conforming side setback on North Skinny Ridge Rd, tax map 51-11, in the Rural zone with the following conditions:

  • The setback on the south property line will be reduced from 50’ to 25’
  • The applicant must comply with all Local, Federal, and State regulations

Jerry LeSage second the motion. The motion passed 5-0.

The applicant was informed of the 30-day appeal period.

Minutes from May 26, 2015
Art Tighe made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Vice Chair Sweeney second the motion. The motion passed.

At 6:30, Art Tighe made a motion to adjourn. Jerry LeSage second the motion. The motion passed 5-0.

Submitted by,
Joanna Ray