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Realtor wants New Ipswich road reclassified for development

  • Bruce Simpson of USA Properties met with the New Ipswich Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The New Ipswich board of selectmen met for the second time with a realtor about the future of Stowell Road.

The class VI road in the northernmost part of New Ipswich is the site of a potential subdivision, which would require an upgrade to class V. USA Properties, a land broker, is hoping to subdivide property on Stowell Road for future development.

Bruce Simpson, President of USA Properties, is asking the town of New Ipswich for a waiver on class V road requirements, specifically the mandate that the road be paved to be the site of a subdivision rather than simply laid with gravel.

Simpson said the road improvement agreement, dating back years to before USA Properties had a hand in the lot, was granted, but the road regulations have changed since then. The waiver would allow them not to pave by letting them adhere to the previous regulatory standard. The New Ipswich board of selectmen will not support that, but instructed the applicant to meet with the planning board.

“This would have to be a paved section even though I know the rest of the road is not,” Selectman David Lage said. “Regardless of what the planning board does, we sitting here as selectmen, I’d say the road standard says paved so it should be paved.”

There will be a hearing scheduled, probably for before April, during which the town will examine a properly submitted property layout. The planning board’s next scheduled meeting is Wednesday, March 15.

“Waivers are done on a case by case basis, you can’t just say it’s never been done in the past,” Simpson said. “Maybe the circumstances are different.”

Class VI roads are official public roads but that are not maintained. In 1991, Stowell Road was improved to meet existing class V standards but never petitioned to be changed on the books. The goal is to make it class V now to allow for subdivision without having to improve again to meet new standards.

Simpson is also the chair of the Dublin planning board.

Holden Engineering & Surveying, based in Bedford, is working on the project.

Part of what the proposal is asking for is to recognize the current site of the road be recognized as the official path. Stowell Road meets Temple’s Moran Road at the town border.

The Tuesday, Feb. 14, meeting was only the board’s second meeting in four weeks, after the deliberative session preempted it last week and weather had it cancelled two weeks before that. Selectman Tim Johnson was not present.

The board of selectmen will meet again on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the town office.