Colebrook Planning Board Report
After the March elections, the Planning Board welcomed the newest member, Steve Brungot.
It was also decided in February last year to forego the usage of the form, Waiver of Site Plan Regulations. The Board felt, whether a business is changing from one location in town to another, has a new owner, is putting an addition on an existing business, or is changing the type of business within the building; a full Site Plan Public Hearing would be required. This gives the abutters the notification of a business moving or changing the use of the neighboring property and allows them the opportunity to discuss any problems that might arise in the future or has happened in the past. Most importantly, it helps the new owner to understand the town zoning ordinances.
This year the economy could be to blame for the slowdown in building applications received. There was a 20% decrease in the issuance of zoning compliance certificates; however, a 20% increase in approved site plans. Hopefully 2013 will see a rebound in the economy and an increase of zoning compliance applications.
Work continues on updating the Master Plan with the following sections complete: Social and Economic Trends, Natural Resources, Recreational, Cultural and Historic Resources, Water, Sewer, Historical Perspective, and Farming Trends.
The Selectboard recently approved the updated Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps. The actual map was not changed; it was updated to meet Geographic Information System format requirements which makes is somewhat easier to locate property and residences. The floodplain maps are now available at www.granit.sr.unh.edu/dfirms/dfirm_home.htm
Our meetings continue to be held on the first Tuesday of the month, beginning at 7 pm, in the Colebrook District Courtroom. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.
David Brooks, Chairman
Statistics for 2012: Issued Denied Tabled
Building Permits Issued 45 4 1
Building Permits Extended 0 0
Sign Permits Issued 7 1 1
Driveway Permits Issued 0 1
Site Plans Approved 10 1
Subdivisions Approved 5 0
Boundary-Line Adjust Approved 4 0