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Minutes of 10/03/2019

October 16th, 2019

Carroll Planning Board


October 3, 2019

“These minutes of the Town of Carroll Planning Board have been recorded by its Secretary. Though believed to be accurate and correct they are subject to additions, deletions and corrections by the Planning Board at its next meeting when the Board votes its final approval of the minutes. They are being made available at this time to conform to the requirements of New Hampshire RSA 91-A: 2.

PLBD Members Present: Vice Chair Michael Hogan, Selectmen’s Representative, Bonnie Moroney, Mike Finn and Terry Penner, John Gardiner

Public Present: Lisa O’Keefe, Kelly Trammell, Dave Scalley, Alex and Aaron Foti

Minutes taken by: Rena Vecchio, Secretary

Pledge of Allegiance


Vice Chair Hogan asked the board if they were ready to approve the minutes of September 5, 2019.
Bonnie Moroney made a motion to approve the minutes of September 5, 2019 as written. Mike Finn seconded and the minutes were approved.


The secretary told the board that she had run an ad in the Democrat and Courier for 3 weeks on the posting of public hearings now in the town. All postings will now take place on the town website, on bulletin board at the town hall and at the fire station.


Vice Chair Hogan asked everyone on the board if they had read the contract from Tara. There were questions:
• John Gardner asked why the contract had an ending date of April 2020? Mike said that was when budget ran out. Selectmen’s Representative, Bonnie Moroney said that was not true. That the money in the budget now needed to be encumbered by December 31st. She said the select board would need to know about this and then encumber it before December 31, 2019, if not spent by then. From January 1, 2020, you are working off the default budget. Bonnie asked what was the board planning on doing from now till the end of the year. Mike said they wanted to do look at some of the zoning ordinances and applications.
• Kelly Trammell asked if that was really what the board wanted to do seeing how things seemed to be confusing. Dave said he agreed.
• John Gardner said why don’t we interview Tara and someone else
• Dave Scalley said where the time is so short, why don’t you just give it to our lawyer and have them go thru it. The board wanted to have the zoning ordinance checked by the lawyer last year but there wasn’t enough time.
• Bonnie said what do we want to do this year? You can have Tara go over the two things, airbnb’s and kennels, for this year. Then start early next year.
Dave said why don’t we just give it to Bob Carey and let him do it because the time is so short. Bob Carey has worked for the town and the ZBA.
Bonnie Moroney made a motion to move forward with Tara Bamford to get airbnb’s and kennels ready for a warrant article and to work on the applications. Mike Hogan seconded and the motion passed with 4 ayes and 1 nay vote from John Gardner.

Dave Scalley said he believes the board should re-think the last motion. Dave said he thinks that town Council will be just defending us if we try to rush this with no input from our lawyers two years in a row.

Bonnie Moroney made a motion to withdraw her motion to move forward with Tara Bamford. Mike Hogan seconded and the motion passed with John Gardner voting nay.

John Gardner made a motion to have Attorney Bob Carey look into the zoning ordinance and to possibly ad airbnb’s and kennels as warrant articles. The board would also like him to look at applications the boards have. Bonnie Moroney seconded and the motion passed with Mike Hogan voting nay.


Kelly Trammell told the board that since the revision there is a lot of confusion now on RES 1 & RES 2 districts. She said the revision dropped an explanation of the differences that was in the 2012 ZO. Kelly said that there was confusion in the office and even board members and the secretary had a hard time figuring out where that left the RES 2 not in the concept plan. And that was another thing, what was the concept plan and where was it shown. Conversation:
• Alex Foti, said he thought that it was a way of managing large developments, using tighter rules within the concept plan
• Kelly said why is the concept plan even in RES 2? Or why is anything else in the RES 2 district if the concept plan is there? It makes everything so confusing.
• Kelly also brought up the fact that several overlays were mentioned also, but where are the overlays shown?
The board wanted these questions sent to Attorney Bob Carey also:
• Airbnb’s—do we need to have this added to our ordinances?—articles on Laconia and Portsmouth airbnbs
• Kennels
• RES 1 & RES 2 confusion/overlays
• If something is not on the agenda, can it be discussed that night with no decisions made?
Bonnie Moroney made a motion to send this items to Attorney Robert Carey to look over and advise. Michael Hogan seconded and the motion was passed unanimously.

Dave Scalley said the board should be talking about the Master Plan too. Mike Hogan said we asked Tara and she said it was okay this year. Alex Foti said the board should certainly talk about it.

It was decided by the board to leave the budget with no changes to present to the select board on the following Monday night.

Bonnie Moroney made a motion to adjourn. Michael Hogan seconded and the motion passed unanimously. The meeting ended at 8:40 PM.