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July 13th, 2022

Planning Board Minutes of 7/7/2022

Town of Carroll Planning Board
Meeting Minutes
July 7, 2022
7 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.”
Planning Board Members present: Vice Chairperson Austin Alvarez, Donna Foster, Tom Godfrey and Selectmen’s Representative, Brian Mycko. Rena Vecchio was in attendance to be appointed as a new alternate member.
Public present: Tom Walker, Jean Whitcomb, Dave King, Gail King, Les Apple, Sharon Apple, Gardner Kellogg, and Harry Burgess.
Minutes were taken by Tom Godfrey.
1. The meeting was called to order by Vice Chairperson, Austin Alvarez, at 7:10 PM.
2. Austin led in the Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Mr. Alvarez appointed Tom Godfrey as acting Secretary for this meeting.
4. The minutes of the June 2, 2022 meeting were approved unamimously with one abstention from Brian Mycko, who was absent, on a motion by Donna Foster, seconded by Tom Godfrey.
5. Rena Vecchio was appointed as a planning board alternate member by a unamimous vote on a motion by Brian Mycko, seconded by Donna Foster. Ms. Vecchio was sworn in by Town Clerk Rebecca Pedersen.
6. Les Apple, Co-Manager of Tiny Ventures LLC, gave a brief introduction to the application for the proposed Tiny Ventures Small Cottages at 529 Route 3 North. Mr. Apple indicated that two lots (527 and 529 Route 3 North) have been merged and the site consists of a level 2.3 acre portion fronting Route 3 proposed for the small cottages development, and a seven acre portion behind. The former hotel-restaurant and motel on the site have been demolished and the foundation of the motel has been retained for reuse. The small cottages will be factory-built one bedroom with loft structures using recycled shipping containers as their structural framework. Mr. Apple distributed brouchures from the manufacturer CNTNR depicting the general appearance being considered. Gardner Kellogg distributed two drawing sheets, one indicating the entire ten acre lot and the second showing detail of the 2.3 acres fronting Route 3. The proposed cottage colony comprises eleven cottages accessed by a gravel or crushed stone driveway with a single parking spot provided for each unit. It is proposed that the site re-use two existing curb cuts on Route 3 for ingress and egress. The site is served by Town of Carroll water and a septic system will be provided. Most likely each unit will have a tank and sewage will be pumped to a leach field. Mr. Kellogg indicated that the soil surrounding the proposed cottages is well-drained Colton which will serve well for a septic system. Mr. Alvarez asked about storm water drainage and Mr. Kellogg replied that, due to the presence of Colton soil, storm water should not accumulate on the surface and that Tiny Ventures LLC would seek a waiver of providing a storm drainage plan. Ms. Foster asked about provisions for guests with snowmobiles. Brian Mycko indicated that the snowmobile trail network is not accessable from the site and Les Apple indicated that Tiny Ventures LLC had not considered the particular requirements of snowmobiling guests – their planning focussed on general outdoor recreation. The board discussed the site plan review application facilitated by Donna Foster reading the application aloud line-by-line. It was noted that the list of abutters was provided and all required application fees had been paid. A number of specific conditions were identified through this process with the intention of moving to a vote to accept the application as complete with conditions. Minor changes to the application form itself - items to be changed to complete or not applicable were noted. The following conditions were identified: 1) provide documentation supporting the merger of the two lots 2) identify basement from demolished motel as existing structure being retained 3) snow removal/storage added to plan 4) show distance of proposed sewer facility to abutting properties within 200 feet 5) provide information on meeting with Fire Chief 6) Add lighting, signs, and landscaping to plan. The board voted unamimously to accept the application as complete with the aforementioned conditions on a motion by Brian Mycko, seconded by Donna Foster.
7. Vice chair Alvarez opened the meeting to public discussion of the Tiny Ventures Small Cottages proposal. Tom Walker, treasurer of Twin Mountain Baptist Church (abutter), asked about the curb cuts on Route 3, and the impact on traffic safety given the busy-ness and high rate of travel on Route 3. Brian Mycko responded that the state DOT will review safety concerns when they inspect the curb cuts for possible use with the proposed cottages. Rena Vecchio asked whether a change of use will be required. Les Apple indicated that the previous motel was in use as late as a year and a half ago so that being within a two year window the cottages qualify as an existing use. Tom Walker asked for the manufacturer brouchure to show to his congregation, members of which are curious as to how the cottages will look. Brian Mycko provided Mr. Walker with a brouchure.
8. Brian Mycko indicated that the Economic Development Committee will begin meeting in September and updates to the planning board will be provided at that time.
9. Harry Burgess updated the status of the Lennon Road Map 407 Lot 10 subdivision. The conditions on approval have been met. Mr. Burgess provided the results of perc tests and state highway acceptance of driveways. Vice Chair Alvarez agreed to sign the mylar of the site plan after adjornment.
10. Adjourn: The meeting was adjourned at 8:32 PM by Vice Chair Alvarez on a motion by Brian Mycko, seconded by Rena Vecchio.

Respectfully submitted, Tom Godfrey