Wilton passes new downtown commercial district

  • Results from Wilton’s ballot voting.  Staff photo by Ashley Saari

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Friday, March 15, 2019 8:10AM

Wilton voters said yes to a new downtown commercial district during ballot voting on Tuesday.

Voters approved both zoning amendments on the ballot Tuesday by comfortable margins.

A total of 394 voters turned out to cast their ballots, a turnout of about 14 percent.

Amendment 1 creates a new zoning chapter, distinguishing the downtown commercial district from the rest of the commercial district.

The amendment exempts non-residential uses from off-street praking requirements, as well as reducing site plan review requirements for many commercial uses. It also establishes set-back requirements that conform with the existing buildings.

The intent of the ordinance is to make it easier to start a business on Main Street and to change from one commercial use to another commercial use.

The second zoning amendment amends the town’s accessory dwelling unit to update the language to be consistent with the rest of the ordinance.

Town officers

In the only contested race this year, local business owner DJ Garcia Jr. unseated current treasurer Bill Chalmers. Garcia, who owns the Wilton House of Pizza, won by more than twice the number of votes, in a 279-91 win.

Kellie-Sue Boissonnault ran uncontested to continue to serve on the Select Board.

Pamela Clemens and Karon Walker were each elected to a one-year term to the Planning Board, and Todd Clough and Bart Hunter were each elected for a three-year Planning Board term.

Chris Carter and Kermit Williams will continue in their positions on the sewer commission and water commission respectively.

Jane Farrell was re-elected for the Town Clerk/Tax Collector position for another three years.

Steve Elliott was elected as Cemetery Trustee. Virginia Day was elected as Trustee of Trust Funds.

Town Meeting continued Thursday, click here for results.