Town Council Approves Rezoning of “Split” Neighborhood

The Londonderry Town Council has approved the rezoning of a Wilson Road neighborhood.

Town Planner Colleen Mailloux appeared in the June 20, Town Council meeting to explain the request.

In May 2015, Mailloux said, the Planning Board gave initial approval to a subdivision creating five lots from Tax Map 16 Lot 9, to be lots 9-5, 9-6, 9-7, 9-8 and 9-9. However, she said, the subdivision resulted in the creation of five split-zoned parcels.

Mailloux said, “Each lot has 250 feet in AR 1 (Agricultural/Residential) and 150 to 200 feet in IND 1 (Industrial).

Mailloux said that in a public hearing in December, one of the conditions the Planning Board put on the approval was that the developer file a request to rezone the area AR-1.

There were no speakers in a public hearing. Mailloux said that abutters have been notified and her office received no calls.

The board voted 4-0 to approve the change.

In other business:

The board approved promoting Rick Brideau to the position of Assessor.

Town  Manager Kevin Smith reminded the board that Assessor Karen Marchand is retiring at the end of June. Brideau has been Assistant Assessor since 2000, and is a skilled assessor with 29 years of experience.

The board approved his appointment by consensus.

Councilor Tom Dolan addressed residents regarding the new blue recycling bins. While 64 percent of the new bins have been delivered, Dolan warned residents that the automated pickup system does not begin until July 1.

“I have been driving around town and I have noticed the blue barrels at the end of driveways,” Dolan said.

The “one-armed bandit” automated system will not be activated until July, and Dolan expressed concern that humans are not going to be able to lift the larger barrels.

“You are going to be stuck with a lot of extra ‘stuff,’” he warned residents.

Councilor Joe Green also asked Smith if he had been able to do anything about arranging a meeting with members of the Senior Center to discuss their needs for transportation. Smith said he has sent an e-mail to all the Councilors asking for their available dates and times.

Several issues were forwarded to the July 11 meeting, including:

• Discussion with the Conservation Commission regarding spraying the Town Forest;

• Public hearing on the proposed Noise Ordinance; and

• Further review of the status of S&S Metals Recycling (see related story page 1).

In addition, candidates for the Budget Committee will be reviewed at that time.

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