Peterborough ZBA approves Noone Falls parking garage

  • Zoning Board of Adjustment Chair Loretta Laurenitis reviews variance applications during a board meeting on Monday night.  Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, June 06, 2018 3:36PM

The Peterborough Zoning Board approved a variance to allow a 10-car garage to be constructed on the parking lot at Noone Falls, during its Monday meeting.

The structure is planned to be built with frontage on Old Jaffrey Road, and provide covered parking for a proposed condominium development on the property. The structure, a one-story, multiple-bay garage, is within the required 30-foot setback of the property edge, which is already paved over as part of the Noone Falls parking lot.

Owner Charlie Cobb first appeared in front of the Planning Board with the proposed garage in mid-April for a non-binding preliminary review. On advice from the board, Cobb held off on a formal application until after May 9 voting, which could have enacted zoning changes that would impact the project. 

Had the proposed “zoning simplification” amendment passed, the setback would have been reduced, and Cobb would not have needed to gain a variance, which allows a one-time exemption from a zoning rule. The zoning amendment failed, however, sending Cobb to the Zoning Board for approval of the setback violation.

In April, Cobb told the Planning Board that the garage would be built based on demand from potential condo tenants, and would be patterned after the garage at the Unitarian Church. It would be located on property that is already paved and part of the parking lot, and would not impact previous untouched land between the parking lot and Old Jaffrey Road. The garage would have enough room for 10 cars. 

With the variance granted, Cobb will be required to go through a site-plan review process with the Planning Board.


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