Harrisville Planning Board
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Meeting Minutes

The Harrisville Planning Board held a regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at town offices and via zoom.

     Members present: Ryan Stone Co-Chair, Lisa Anderson Co-Chair, Jon Miner, Don Scott, Ned Hulbert, Andrea Hodson, Kate Neary
Members absent: Noel Greiner, Pete Thayer
Members of the public: Rich Clark of Clark Construction, Anne Howe

Voting members
Co Chair Ryan Stone announced that the voting members for the evening were himself, Lisa Anderson, Ned Hulbert, Courtney Cox and Andrea Hodson.

Agenda
Members moved and voted unanimously in favor to approve the agenda.

Minutes of previous meeting 9/8/2021
Members moved and voted unanimously in favor to approve the minutes of September 8.

Submission of Application, Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit, 58 Bancroft Road (Map 60 – Lot 64)
Builder Richard Clark of Clark Construction, submitted an application for a detached accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on a 9. 57-acre parcel owned by SRH Farm. Mr. Clark gave a brief overview of the proposal to remove the existing shed on the parcel and replace it with a 364 square foot, one bedroom, one bath ADU. The new structure would be on essentially the same footprint, and will use the existing approved septic and well that will serve the main house, which is in progress.  No new driveway will be constructed for the ADU.

Following discussion, the board moved and voted unanimously in favor to receive the application from Mr. Clark on behalf of the property owners. Two members of the PB will review the submission for completeness and notify the co-chairs and applicant of their findings. Should the application be deemed complete, a Public Hearing notice will be issued for the board’s November 10 meeting.

Master Plan
The PB commended the recent work of the recreation subcommittee to create a template for other subcommittees to synthesize their respective topics within the Master Plan. Anne Howe spoke to the work of Historic Preservation subcommittee. Andrea Hodson described the meeting process for the Recreation Subcommittee. Other subcommittees may choose a slightly different format for their visual synthesis. 

RSA 674:39 Five Year Exemption
PB members addressed this RSA related to the regulation of subdivision of land. The provisions for a Five-Year-Exemption relate to ordinances and regulations that come into effect after Planning Board approval, and recording in the registry, of a subdivision plat. The board in particular noted 674:39 IV, which states that “Failure of a planning board to specify by regulation or as a condition of subdivision plat or site plan approval what shall constitute ‘active and substantial development or building’ shall entitle the subdivision plat or site plan approved by the planning board to the 5-year exemption described…”

Board members debated whether or not the town’s new wetlands ordinance falls within the realm of ordinances that “protect public health standards” and, as such, would not fall within five year exemption allowance.  Andrea Hodson and Mary Ann Noyer offered to review the statutes and caselaw to ascertain the exact meaning of public health standards, as well as whether and how wetland buffers fit within these public health standards, and to report back to the board.

Education/Training:

  •  10/19/21 (webinar) NHMA: How New Hampshire Municipalities Can Take Advantage of the Expanded Net Metering Opportunities Webinar (noon-1:00)
  •  10/21/21 (webinar) OPD/OSI: Taking a Look at the New 2020 Census Data for New Hampshire Communities (noon- 1:00) Free
  •  11/18-20/21 (virtual conference) NHMA: NHMA’s 79th Annual Conference and Exhibition ($65 online)

New Business:
Ned Hulbert, Andrea Hodson and Ryan Stone will sit on the affordable housing subcommittee, the next Master Plan subcommittee to begin its work to synthesize the content from the Housing chapter of the Master Plan.

The meeting adjourned at 8:40 pm.