Petersons hope to subdivide pond land

  • The Peterborough Planning Board deliberates a proposed subdivision on Cunningham Pond during its meeting on Monday, March 13, 2017. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Planning Board will revisit a request to subdivide land adjacent to Cunningham Pond after viewing the site later this month.

The lots are owned by John D. Peterson Family Trust and the Dorothy D. Peterson Revisable Trust. Heather and Andy Peterson presented the plans for the board during its meeting on Monday.

Select Board representative to the Planning Board Ed Jeungst recused himself from the discussion, as the town of Peterborough owns property adjascent to the lots.

The Petersons requested that the board waive the site visit required for subdivisions, but the board denied that request.

Heather Peterson explained to the board that the two pieces of property owned by the trusts have been on the market for several years, and there has been no interest in buying them as a whole. Recently, however, there has been interest by a buyer to purchase 20 acres of the property, with a desire to subdivide it into three lots. 

The two lots, as they exist now, are irregularly shaped, with one lot extending a skinny arm to encompass the Cunningham Pond shoreline, and the other being a backlot. Peterson explained that first, they are requesting  lot line adjustment to make the lots more uniform, and have shoreline for both lots. Secondarily, they are requesting to split one of the lots into four sections — the original lot, plus three additional building lots, all of which will have some amount of shore access to Cunningham Pond.

Peterson explained that the buyer has interest in building a house on one of the lots in the near future, and is interested in the other two for purposes of estate planning, but doesn’t have intent to build on them in the immediate future.

Nothing can be built within 100 feet of the pond that might compromise the water, as it is an emergency town water supply, though it would only be used in case of a cataclysmic event to the town’s current wells, and is not drinkable.

The board scheduled a site visit on the property for 5:15 p.m. on March 27. The board will revisit the application during its April 17 meeting.

In other Planning Board news, the board unanimously appointed Andrea Cadwell to serve as alternate on the board, to fill the spot of Tom Weeks. Alternate members are appointed by the board.


Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.