Lyndeborough considers new policy for building on private roads

  • The Town of Lyndeborough Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/14/2021 12:39:43 PM

The Lyndeborough Select Board is reviewing a new policy that lays out the procedure for issuing building permits on Class VI and private roads.

The policy is currently under review by multiple boards, but is not yet officially adopted.

Town Administrator Russ Boland said in an interview Monday the town has considered a policy about building on Class VI or private roads since 2015, but has never officially enacted it.

Under the policy, the Select Board has the authority to issue building permits for Class VI – meaning not maintained by the town – and private roads, after the permit has been reviewed by the Planning Board, and after a public hearing.

While allowed, the policy makes clear that the goal of the town is to minimize development along Class VI and private roads.

“The Board is mindful that development along a Class VI or private road may well lead to the receipt of a petition to lay out the road as a Class V, town-maintained road, or a petition warrant article requesting the Town Meeting reclassify the Class VI road as Class V,” the policy reads. “...(W)hich might tend to drain existing town services and force increased costs on the town to provide additional services.”

Under the policy, those requesting a building permit would have to provide a map with the location and size of the lot, specific location of proposed structures, location and length of the driveway, location of any wetlands on or adjacent to the property, location of culverts or drainage systems and overhead or underground utilities.

Driveways to residences must be within 600 feet from the intersection of the road with a Class V or better road. The board may deny permits based on the condition and grade of the road and the condition and length of the driveway. The board has the authority to waive this limitation if it finds there is a “strong likelihood” that the road will be properly maintained.

The Planning Board is scheduled to review the policy during its meeting this Thursday. The Select Board anticipates having at least one more meeting with multiple boards represented to review potential changes, and potentially a public hearing before voting to adopt the policy.


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