Wildlife Survey Agreement Adds
to Cost of Pettengill Road Project

A wildlife study agreed to between the state and the Town of Londonderry in 2009 – but never performed – has resurfaced, now that FedEx is planning to build in the Pettengill Road area.

Conservation Commission member Mike Speltz said the commission only learned about the agreement between the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game and the Town of Londonderry after recommending to the Planning Board approval of the FedEx conditional use permit.

The agreement calls for a wildlife study of the proposed Pettengill Road location prior to the road’s being built.

FedEx is planning to build a 300,000-square-foot distribution center at the intersection of Industrial Drive and Pettengill Road.

Speltz notified the Planning Board at its March 5 meeting about the wildlife study agreement, and Assistant Public Works Director John Trottier responded that the agreement was for the Pettengill Road construction area, not the abutting area where the FedEx development is planned. Read more »

Senior Affairs Director Pans
Proposal for Rental Housing

Attorney Patricia Panciocco, Jocelyn Bos of Calamar builders and George Chadwick, senior project manager of Bedford Design Consultants, presented a conceptual design for a rental housing project for seniors with rents ranging from $1,300 a month for a one bedroom unit to $1,500-plus for two bedrooms, leading Londonderry Senior Affairs Director Catherine Blash to respond that what Londonderry needs is affordable senior housing. She termed this project not affordable.

The proposal, for three connected buildings, would be at the end of Reed Street, with Golden Drive to the west and Button Drive to the south. It was presented to the Planning Board on Wednesday night, March 12.

Panciocco said the site includes the remaining seven lots between Avandi’s and the old Mr. Steer building.

“To the west you have the Crossroads Mall and other services that are located in there, pharmacies, dry cleaners, video stores,” she said. “There are several pharmacies close by and an urgent care facility on the other side of Route 102, and less than a mile away you’ve got two grocery stores and other shopping plazas.”  Read more »

Growth Management Ordinance
Set to End at Close of Year

Stu Arnett of the Arnett Development Group and Roger Hawk of Hawk Planning Resources, LLC held a workshop at the Planning Board concerning the town’s Growth Management Ordinance (GMO), with the result that the ordinance will likely sunset at the end of this year.

The pair told the board at its Wednesday, March 12 meeting that the ordinance is supposed to be a reaction to criteria that indicate a town is in a period of unsustainable growth, and noted that Londonderry has not fit those criteria for eight years

Arnett noted the Growth Management Ordinance is part of the zoning ordinance and is a tool used every year to make a determination as to whether the town is in a period of sustainable growth. If it is determined the town is in a period of unsustainable growth, the Town imposes a limit on the number of building permits issued for the year.

The ordinance is a way to put a temporary cap on growth when it is determined the town’s infrastructure and services cannot support the amount of development taking place. If the number of building permits is restricted because of an unsustainable growth determination, the town gets a chance to catch up with its infrastructure and services by slowing down the growth. Read more »