Public Hearing - Zoning Amendments - 12/09/21

The Goffstown Planning Board will hold its first public hearing on its proposed 2022 Zoning Amendments in the Mildred Stark Room (Room 106) of the Goffstown Town Hall, located on 16 Main Street, Goffstown, New Hampshire on Thursday, December 09, 2021.  The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM.

Explanations of the proposed amendments are as follows and full-text copies may be obtained from the Town’s Website, the Planning Department, and the Town Clerk’s Office, located on 16 Main Street, Goffstown, NH during the hours of 8 am-4 pm, Monday-Friday. For ADA assistance in attending the meeting please, call 497-8990, Ext. 117 at least 72 hours in advance.

Shall the Town adopt Amendment No. 1, as proposed by the Goffstown Planning Board, by inserting the following definition to the Goffstown Zoning Ordinance Glossary?

Animal Daycare, Groomer, Trainer – An establishment in which dogs or domesticated animals are cared for, groomed, or trained with no overnight housing.

Shall the Town adopt Amendment No. 2, as proposed by the Goffstown Planning Board, by amending the following definition and text in the Goffstown Zoning Ordinance Glossary and Sections 5.8, 5.8.1, and 5.8.2?

The title of Institutional Residential will be changed to read Institutional Residence.

Shall the Town adopt Amendment No. 3, as proposed by the Goffstown Planning Board, by amending the following definition to the Goffstown Zoning Ordinance Glossary?

Remove the following, “Commercial Kennel – a use of property where any number of dogs is domiciled for a fee, or from which dogs are regularly sold as a business”, and replace with – “Kennel – An establishment, in which dogs or domesticated animals are housed, groomed, bred, boarded, trained, or sold all for compensation”.

Shall the Town adopt Amendment No. 4, as proposed by the Goffstown Planning Board, by amending the following definition to the Goffstown Zoning Ordinance Glossary?

Remove the following language, “Lot of Record – Land designated as a separate and distinct parcel in a legally recorded deed and plan filed in the records of Hillsborough County, New Hampshire”, and replace with – “Lot of Record – A lot which is part of a subdivision of record filed in the Hillsborough County Registry of Deeds, or a lot or parcel which has been legally created and described in a deed recorded in the Hillsborough County Registry of Deeds”?

Shall the Town adopt Amendment No. 5, as proposed by the Goffstown Planning Board, by amending the Goffstown Zoning Ordinance – Section 3, Allowable Uses in Zoning District, Section 3.11 Table of Principal Uses, by amending the following use?

D. 7. Kennels. by eliminating – “with or without external animal areas”. 

Shall the Town adopt Amendment No. 6, as proposed by the Goffstown Planning Board, by amending the Goffstown Zoning Ordinance – Section 3, Allowable Uses in Zoning District, Section 3.11 Table of Principal Uses, by adding the following use?

D.8. Animal Daycare, Groomer, Trainer.

Shall the Town adopt Amendment No. 7, as proposed by the Goffstown Planning Board, by amending the Goffstown Zoning Ordinance – Section 3, Allowable Uses in Zoning District, Section 3.11 Table of Principal Uses, by adding the following uses?

H.13. Solar Energy Systems and A. Accessory to Principal Residential Use 8. Solar Energy System.

Shall the Town adopt Amendment No. 8, as proposed by the Goffstown Planning Board, by amending the Goffstown Zoning Ordinance, Section 4 Dimensional Standards, 4.2.4. by eliminating the entire paragraph, which reads – Lot Size: Where a lot is not served by a municipal sewer system and an on-site subsurface disposal system is required, the lot size shall not be less than the larger of either the area required by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Water Division (NHDES-WD), or the minimum lot size as specified in the Table of Dimensional Regulations, Section 4.3?

 

Shall the Town adopt Amendment No. 9, as proposed by the Goffstown Planning Board, by amending the Goffstown Zoning Ordinance, Section 5.6. Commercial Kennel – Commercial Kennels are permitted, provided that they are located on lots of not less than two (2) acres, and that no buildings or structures for commercial kennel use are located within (100) feet of any lot line. Eliminate he word “Commercial”, and “by Special Exception” will be inserted after the words, “are permitted”?

 

Shall the Town adopt Amendment No. 10, as proposed by the Goffstown Planning Board, by Amending Section 13.3.4., to read: Relief from the outer 50 feet of the wetland or surface water buffer may be granted by the Planning Board after submission of a report from a certified wetland scientist, retained by the applicant, to the Planning Board, and after allowing the Conservation Commission a minimum of 45 days to review the report and make comment to the Planning Board. The reports shall include the identification and delineation of all wetlands and surface waters, and an assessment of the functions, values, and condition of all existing wetland and surface water resources, including the identification of wetlands that function as vernal pools, and specify the following:

  • are the wetlands a Priority Resource Area (PRA) as identified on the NHDES Wetland Permit Planning Tool (WPPT) and defined by the NHDES Wetland Rules Env-Wt 100-900 feet;
  • are the wetlands within the 1/4 mile protected buffer of a Designated River as determined by the NHDES Rivers Management and Protection Program (RMPP) and identified on the NHDES WPPT; 
  • are the wetlands within the 250-ft protected shoreland as defined by the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act (RSA 483-B) and its associated rules, Env-Wq 1400
  • are the wetlands identified on the NH Wildlife Action Plan (WAP) as either Highest Ranked Habitat in NH or Highest Ranked Habitat in Biological Region; 
  • are the wetlands Prime Wetlands as determined by the Town of Goffstown and shown on the Goffstown Prime Wetland Map dated March 8, 2005 or as updated, and identified on the NHDES WPPT; and, 
  • are the wetlands habitat for a state-listed species as determined by the NH Natural Heritage Bureau? 

In granting relief, the Planning Board shall make a finding that the functions, values, and condition of the wetland resources will not be compromised, as a result of the proposed project.

Shall the Town adopt Amendment No. 11, as proposed by the Goffstown Planning Board, by inserting Section 5.24, Solar Energy Systems -

5.24.1. PURPOSE: The purpose of this section is to encourage energy-efficient patterns of development and to decrease dependence on fossil fuels by accommodating solar energy systems in appropriate locations while protecting the public health, safety, and welfare. Consideration of the town’s scenic views, historic properties, and rural character will be taken into consideration to minimize potential impacts.

5.24.2. DEFINITIONS: In addition to all relevant definitions contained in other Harrisville ordinances and regulations, the following definitions apply specifically to this section.

                5.24.2.1. Solar Collection System - All equipment required to harvest solar energy, such as storage devices, transfer equipment and all other necessary parts.

                5.24.2.2. Roof-Mounted Solar Energy System – A system that is affixed to the roof of a building or other structure.

                5.24.2.3. Ground-Mounted Solar Energy System - A system and associated mounting hardware that is affixed to or placed upon the ground.

                5.24.2.4. Accessory Solar System - Any ground or roof mounted system intended primarily for residential, non-residential, or agricultural on-site power generation. A ground-mounted system may not cover more than 1,000 square feet of ground, except by special exception. These systems are not to be used for the sale of electricity to other users; however, this is not intended to prohibit the return of excess power generated from time to time to the local utility company.

                5.24.2.5. Commercial Solar System - Any solar collection system that is intended for sale of the generated power to a utility.

5.24.3 APPLICABILITY:  Solar collection Systems are permitted according to the Section 3.11 Table of Principal Uses.

                5.24.3.1 Any system proposed for the Historic District also requires approval from the Historic District Commission prior to obtaining any other approvals.

5.24.4. DECOMMISSIONING:  Each solar collection system and all solar-related equipment shall be removed within 12 months of the date when the use has been discontinued or abandoned by the system owner or operator, or upon termination of the useful life of same. The solar collection system shall be presumed to be abandoned if such solar collector generates no electricity for a period of 12 continuous months. The Planning Board may require an escrow/removal bond, such as those assessed for tower removal.

                5.24.4.1. The owner shall provide a bond or other surety in an amount determined by the Public Works Director to equal the estimated cost of removing the solar energy systems and site restoration in the event of its abandonment or discontinuance.

                5.24.4.2. At such time that a solar energy system is scheduled to be abandoned or discontinued, the owner will notify the building inspector by US certified mail of the proposed date of abandonment or discontinuation of operations.

5.24.5 GENERAL STANDARDS:

                5.24.5.1. All installations, regardless of type and location, require a building permit and an electrical inspection.

                5.24.5.2. Ground-mounted systems may not be located closer than ten (10) feet from any property line. These systems are subject to applicable district height limitations, but not subject to lot coverage limitations.

                5.24.5.3. All ground-mounted systems shall be reasonably screened from abutting properties and roadways.

                5.24.5.4. The panels of a ground-mounted system are exempt from the impervious lot coverage calculation, although foundations to support them are not exempt.

                5.24.5.5. Roof-mounted systems are exempt from setback requirements. NFPA 70 (National Electrical Code) shall govern allowable height above the roof.

                5.24.5.6. For any commercial system, a performance guarantee may be required to cover any costs associated with dismantling an abandoned system.