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10-30-08 PLBD Minutes

December 23rd, 2008

Town of Carroll Planning Board
October 30, 2008

“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 RSAS 91-A:2.”

Members of the Board present: Chairman John Birknes, Evan Karpf, Donna Foster, Bonnie Moroney, Charlie Cohn

Member of the Public present: Joan Karpf and Greg Robinson

Minutes taken by Rena Vecchio, Secretary

Pledge of Allegiance

Meeting called to order at 7:00 PM

Chairman Karpf declared there was a quorum and opened the meeting with the review of the minutes from the meeting on October 2, 2008. Evan Karpf made a Motion to: accept the minutes as corrected, those being the second set of minutes. Bonnie Moroney seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

Correspondence was read by the Chairman. First, the Chairman wished to remind everyone of the upcoming 67th Annual Conference on November 12th-14th 2008, at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.
A letter sent by Tom Hildreth regarding the Verizon Wireless Flagpole Expansion Project at The Mount Washington Hotel was then read. The letter is attached.
The next note was from North Country Council stating there will be a regional training session for community planning officials on Wednesday, November 5, 2008.
The last letter was from the Town of Lancaster regarding a telecommunications facility. The two sites proposed for this project are the Industrial Park Road (R1 Lot 19; zoned industrial-commercial) and Hodge Road (R1 8 Lot 23; zoned agricultural). You will find this letter also attached. A Public Hearing will take place on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 6:30 at the Lancaster Town Office.

First on the agenda is Greg Robinson owner of the KOA Campground, Lot 202, Map 17. He is wishing to expand the campground on property that he also owns, Lot 202, Map 23. Mr. Robinson has been before the ZBA twice, where they accepted his application with conditions. He has been before the Planning Board twice for consultation and guidance. At the October 2nd meeting, a Special Meeting was asked for and voted on for Mr. Robinson. Tonight is the Site Plan Review, Public Hearing for the expansion. Chaiman Birknes opened the Public Hearing.
Mr. Robinson opened his presentation thanking everyone for allowing the Special Meeting. He proceeded to show the board the new plans for the existing KOA campground, and the plans for the proposed campground. The electric lines and fire hydrant were shown as possible locations. The vegetative buffer along the two new acres was also shown. Greg Robinson said that Chief Jeff Duncan also asked that there be no parking on or along the road in the campground, so that at all times there is a 12 foot road for access of emergency vehicles. Mr. Robinson said that there would be ample parking spots.
At this point the Chairman asked the board if they had any questions. Evan Karpf said he had a few. First he stated that he would like to see the lighting all be downward lighting according to the new ordinance. Next he wanted to make sure that there would be signage stating no parking along roads and directional signs indicating the one way directions. There will be a new fire hydrant but the exact location is not known at this time, but it is necessary to make sure that Chief Duncan approves the final location. Evan Karpf also wants to make sure that the cabins to be installed, meet all state laws and regulations. Chairman Birknes wanted it understood that a condition of the approval would be that the plans reflect all of the final decisions, like the location of the hydrant. He also mentioned the septic which needs to be accepted by the state.

Chairman Birknes now opens the Public Hearing and asks if there are any questions form the public. Joan Karpf was recognized and mentioned that she was very familiar with Mr. Robinson’s project as she is the Chair of the ZBA. She mentioned a Dredge and Fill Application that was handed in to the DES by Mr.Robinson. There will be an impact to the wetlands where the road from the existing campground will cross over the right of way into the new section. Mrs. Karpf wanted to know if there was any other way to cross the road or any way to not impact the wetlands. Greg Robinson explained to everyone that a culvert will be put in the road so to keep the impact on the wetlands minimal. If he was to go above where he planned there would be a greater impact to the wetlands. He said the DES felt that was the best way to approach the crossing, with the least amount of impact. Joan Karpf wanted to know why the right of way road was not used and therefore no wetlands would be affected. It was explained that Mr. Robinson had promised his neighbor, Mr. Cormier, he would not use that as an access. Also, the access from the right of way is not large enough to deal with the large campers and RV’s. It was also brought up that at the Public Hearing at the ZBA, the abutters asked if that right of way would be used, as that would affect them. Another reason that Mr. Robinson will not use that right of way is for security reasons. It is easier to watch cars coming and going when there is only one way in and out.

Chairman Birknes said that as he saw it, the conditions for the Site Plan Review, would be;
1. the final DES approval
2. the location of the service utilities and hydrant to be finalized and indicated on the plans
3. the state approval for the septic system
4. signage showing no parking signs and directional signs
Charlie Cohn made a Motion to: accept the Site Plan Review with the 4 conditions listed above. Bonnie Moroney seconded, and the motion passed unanimously. Chairman Birknes said that no plans will be signed without the plans reflecting the conditions listed above. Evan Karpf stated that the town will need 3 copies.

The Chairman asked if there was any other business and Joan Karpf mentioned that the Conservation Committee would like to set a tentative meeting with the Planning Board for Dec. 4th. Chairman Birknes asked for it to be put on the agenda.

Evan Karpf made a Motion to adjourn the meeting. Bonnie Moroney seconded and the motion passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7:45.