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Discussion continues on Belletetes expansion

  • Civil Engineer Jeffrey Kevan of TF Moran answers questions about Belletetes expansion project during Tuesday’s preliminary conceptual meeting with the Planning Board.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Civil Engineer Jeffrey Kevan of TF Moran answers questions about Belletetes expansion project during Tuesday’s preliminary conceptual meeting with the Planning Board.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Belletetes representatives met with Jaffrey’s Planning Board on Tuesday to begin discussions about a proposed expansion project. 

No decisions were made Tuesday, but the board did ask a number of questions to project civil engineer Jeffrey Kevan of TF Moran and Belletetes President Mike Shea. 

“We understand that this meeting is non-binding, we just want to get some guidance moving forward,” said Shea. “If there is a special exception or variance that you think we need, I would ask respectfully that you let us know.”

Belletetes has plans to construct two buildings — a 7,200 square-foot maintenance garage and a 13,440 square-foot material storage warehouse — on land to the north and east of its Peterborough Street location. 

Several people have spoken against the project at prior zoning board meetings including Robert Aho, who submitted a letter to the Planning Board and was in attendance Tuesday.

Aho believes the project has not addressed several zoning issues and said new construction would add more noise and air pollution and trash and water runoff to his Sunset Lane property.

Board alternate Robert Sherman had asked if Belletetes considered trying to construct the buildings on the location’s current footprint. Shea responded, saying there wouldn’t be enough room for vehicles to travel between buildings. 

The town’s zoning board recently approved three variances for the project: permitting impervious cover in the wetlands conservation district, the filling in of two small, man-made wetlands, and pavement within the town’s required 30-foot setbacks for the general business district.

Toward the end of the meeting — after representatives from Belletetes had left — the board discussed the recent zoning decisions, with Planning Director Jo Anne Carr saying the town needs to ensure that all potential issues have been resolved.

Much of the debate surrounds the land use code relative to accessory buildings in the wetlands conservation district, as buildings over 200 square feet are not permitted. Belletetes had originally sought a special exception to allow the building of accessory structures, but withdrew the request during the zoning board’s deliberations on Saturday. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235.