Ordinance Planning Work Session
of the Newton Planning Board
Minutes of Meeting
November 6, 2006
Kim Pettit, Ann Miles, Rich LeClaire, Mary Allen, Gary Nelson - NPB
Reuben Hull – RPC Circuit Rider
Mike DiBartolomeo - Building Inspector
1) Accessory Apartments
Discussion of minimum SF or % of total gross floor area, need to amend the definition of gross floor area to clearly exclude garages, delete word “unroofed”
2) Home Occupations
Based on East Kingston definitions of home occupation (no discernible business activity, no signage, no employees) and home-based business
Discussion of the registration of accessory apartments & home occupations/businesses with Town for safety reasons; safety inspections; commercial tax rate.
3) Access Management
To be based on Newfields ordinance – diffentiation btw. driveway types (commercial, industrial, residential, agricultural), driveway useage (traffic volume), and road characteristics (speed, volume), intersections, signals, pedestrian/bike facilities, etc. May require some detail changes & coordination with subdivision regs, modifications to be made separately.
4) Floodplain Ordinance
In order for the Town to be accepted into the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through FEMA, a standard flood plain ordinance must be adopted which governs construction in federally-designated flood zone.
5) Condominium Conversions
6) Recodification/reorganization of the zoning ordinance, including coordination of definitions, sections, grammatical errors, etc.
7) Commercial architectural ordinance
Based on RPC village ordinance model – deals with building facades, signage, lighting, parking.
8) Modifications to the Elderly Housing Ordinance
To address the calculation of “available” units for development (currently allowed at 10% of the existing total # of housing units in town). Existing elderly units will be excluded from the annual calculation. Also looking at adding language to prevent the banking or reservation of units.
9) Correction of building code references in the zoning ordinance
To cite the current edition of the NH State Building Code.
Minutes recorded by Kim Pettit, NPB.