Tropic Star Gas Station/Market Continued Again

HAMPSTEAD – ∂Developers of the Tropic Star gas station and convenience store proposal requested a continuance at the last minute for their Planning Board appearance.
The plan was supposed to be heard at the Nov. 4 meeting but is now scheduled for Dec. 2.
Tropic Star is a plan for a gasoline fueling center and convenience store to be constructed on a lot at the intersection of Route 121 (Main Street, which becomes Stage Road) and Route 111. It would have a 4,146-square-foot convenience store with six fuel sites servicing 12 fueling pumps. The lot has 284 feet of frontage on Route 111 and 370 feet of frontage on Route 121.

Planning Board Chairman Randy Clark said Tropic Star stated it had submitted the plans to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (DOT) and had received responses, and had then submitted a changed plan to DOT. It expects to have permits in place for the December meeting.
In other business at last week’s meeting:
• The board discussed a zoning change that would switch the Zoning Fee Structure from the Planning Board to the Board of Selectmen. The fees for the Code Enforcement and Fire Department have been re-written and reorganized and will be better met at the selectmen level. The Planning Board will still handle fines for violations. The board agreed, and this matter will have a public hearing at the next Planning Board meeting.
• The board considered a Zoning Amendment from the Historic District Heritage Commission to include the Town Office Building, the Civic Club Building, the Cobblers Shop and the Old Meeting House field in the Historic District. Only part of the total parcel that all those buildings sit on – housing the Old Meeting House and the police station – is in the Historic District at present. The commission, as previously reported in the Tri-Town Times, said it made better sense to have the entire parcel included.
Board member Paul Carideo questioned what benefit this would have for the town but after a brief discussion, the zoning amendment was forwarded for a public hearing at the next meeting.
• The board discussed the Historic District Heritage Commission’s proposed Zoning Ordinance concerning preservation of stone walls and re-wrote it, limiting it to stonewalls that are property lines adjacent to main streets. The re-written ordinance will be less restrictive than the one proposed and will go to a public hearing at the next meeting.
• Carideo and Neil Emerson said they think Town projects should be held to the same standard of review and inspection that an ordinary contractor with a project would have to go through. The board discussed this at length but no decision was reached.
• The Steve Hatem project at Owens Court is still working with the Hampstead Fire Department on fire protection issues, and also requested and received a continuance to the Dec. 2 meeting.
• Recreation Commission Chairwoman Kim Colbert asked the board to provide specific information regarding drainage at the T-ball field off Veterans Way. She said this is needed so the commission can develop a site plan for the basketball court the commission wishes to propose for that site.
Colbert said she contacted Town Engineer Nick Cricenti but he has not responded. Clark said Cricenti was the one to provide the information but Colbert was welcome to come back to the next meeting and if she still needed the information, he would contact Cricenti, who has been out of town for the last few weeks.

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