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Minutes of 3/1/2018

March 9th, 2018

Carroll Planning Board


March 1, 2018

7:00 PM

“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.

Members Present: Vice-Chair Michael Hogan, Bonnie Moroney, Selectman’s Representative Brian Mycko and Richard Krapf

Members of the Public: Chris Elms, Manager Omni Mount Washington Ski Area, Don Bouchard, Horizons Engineering, Josh Debates, Manager Omni Mount Washington Resort, Will Davis, Horizons Engineering, Carl Brooks, owner Mt. Deception Campground, Peter Nightingale, new owner Northern Embers, Terry and Michelle Penner and reporter, Justin Rocha

Minutes taken by: Rena Vecchio, Secretary

Pledge of Allegiance: 7:00 PM


Vice-Chair Michael Hogan asked if the board had any corrections for the minutes of February 1, 2018.
Bonnie Moroney made a motion to: approve the minutes of February 1, 2018 as written. Brian Mycko second and the motion passed unanimously.


Carol Carlson Cunningham sent an email asking for a continuation on her two applications. The board agreed.
Brian Mycko asked that the Carlson-Cunningham Site Plan and Subdivision Applications be tabled or continued. Bonnie Moroney seconded and the motion passed unanimously.


Will Davis, from Horizons Engineering and representing Carl Brooks, owner of Mt. Deception Campground, was before the Planning Board (PLBD) with a Site Plan Application. Will tell the board that the Brooks’ family has owned the campground since the 1960’s and it predates the Zoning Ordinance which was established in 1979. The campground exists as a non-conforming use. So the question before the board is what was in existence in 1979 and what was established after. So they are looking for the PLBD to approve the expansions that took place after 1979.
Vice-Chair Hogan said that having been previously in this position with another campground, he is asking for the Mt. Deception Campground to go before the Zoning Board for a Special Exception first. Because Mt. Deception is Zoned RES 2, it automatically reverts to RES 1. (In the Zoning Ordinances, if you are in RES 2 but not part of the Concept Plan for the Resort, you are to go by RES 1 requirements. Campgrounds are not allowed in RES 1 so applicants have to go before the Zoning Board for a Special Exception.)
Will said he was a bit surprised by this as he thought he could get the application deemed complete. Don Bouchard asked the Chair if they could go thru the application even thought they have to go before the Zoning Board. The Chair agreed that since they were there with the application they would go thru it. The board asked if fees had been paid and if the abutter list was given. The secretary said yes. The board then went to the Submission Requirements. (A hard copy of the Submission Requirements will be attached to the minutes in the office.) Attached to the application was a letter from Horizons explaining the history of the property, preparing the site plans and a list of waivers they had submitted. (A copy of the letter will also be attached to the minutes in the office.) After going thru the submissions the board decided that there were quite a few things they wanted to see before they could deem the application complete. The list given to Will Davis:
• A Mylar of the front acreage/campground would be needed and 5 plats/maps
• Therefore a signature of the surveyor or engineer would be required
• Location of water lines and septic facilities
• Fire code #1194 needed to be addressed
• All state permits would be needed (including septic permits)
• Provisions for solid waste disposal and collection
• Needed to go before the ZBA for a Special Exception
Someone asked if an expansion was part of this Site Plan Application. Carl Brooks said not now but maybe in the future. The board told him he would need to come back to the PLBD if any expansion was to happen.

Peter Nightingale, owner of Northern Embers, came to the board to see what he needed to do to open the Northern Embers again. He wants to put in rentals upstairs. He would like to go from 11 small bedrooms to 8 suite like rooms. These are not apartments. He is not sure about the restaurant yet. Wants to see what he has facing him. But when he comes with a Site Plan Application he may include the restaurant. Right now he needs to fix the roof and thought that he needed to come before the PLBD to get the ok on that. The board told him to get a building permit for the roof now. He can come before the PLBD for the restaurant and vacation rentals when he is ready. But the building permit would be only for fixing the roof. Brian asked if there would be more the handmade ones drawings of the inside of the Embers. Fire Chief said there would have to be something with a more

Next before the board was Don Bouchard from Horizons Engineering for Omni Mount Washington, LLC, for Map 211 Lot 14. The Site Plan application was for the installation of a new gondola, terminal building and new gondola towers. They will also relocate the Canopy Tour building and there will be demolition to other associated buildings. Also there were Chris Ellms, Manager of Omni Mount
Washington Ski Area and Josh DeBottis, Manager of the Mount Washington Resort.
Don started by telling the board they were here for the installation of a new gondola base terminal building and new gondola towers on Map 211, Lot 14. It was noted that all abutters had been notified and an ad was put in the local paper,
Also stated:
• The proposed gondola will replace the existing B Chair
• The gondola stop and towers will be in Bethlehem
• The base of the gondola will be off the existing deck of the ski lodge that will have new hard cape “patio” around the deck an base of the gondola which will all be handicap accessible
• Permits are pending (alteration of terrain, wetlands, storm water drainage, etc)
• Carroll’s town line goes up about 1200’on the mountain so after tower 3 everything will be in Bethlehem
• Lighting will be kept to a minimum
• Ingle brook Construction out of Middlebury Vermont will be doing the job
• The Canopy buildings will be moved-with appropriate permits
• There may be regional talking-at least with Carroll and Bethlehem
• Fire Chief will be involved for maintaining the access for fire an ambulance apparatus
Next the Submission Requirements were read through. (A copy of the Requirements will be attached to the hard copy of minutes in the office.) There were no changes or suggestions for change.
Bonnie Moroney made a motion to: accept the application for Omni Mount Washington Ski Area, Map 211, Lot 14, for the installation of a new gondola base terminal building and new gondola towers and relocation of the Canopy Tour Building. Brian Mycko seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

There was a brief discussion again on a joint meeting with Bethlehem. All agreed it would be beneficial for everyone.

Richard Krapf made a motion to: adjourn. Bonnie Moroney seconded and the motion passed unanimously. The meeting ended at 9:30 PM.