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New Ipswich Zoning Board approves variance for 40-condo development 

  • The New Ipswich Zoning Board approved a variance to allow a condo development at the end of Stowell Road. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • The location of a 40-condo development on Stowell Road. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, February 11, 2019 5:58PM

The New Ipswich Zoning Board approved a variance to allow a 40-condo development on Stowell Road on Thursday night.

“They did approve it, unanimously, with several conditions,” Zoning Board secretary and alternate Lori Rautiola said in an interview Monday. 

The development, proposed by USA properties, has gone through several variations since the plan was presented to the Planning Board in June. Initially, the development proposed 72 condos, but the board found that too large, and it was downgraded to 40 units.

In its approved format, the development will have 10 units of four condos each. This is a change from the last time the board reviewed the project, when the project was proposed to be eight larger units. At the time, David Lage, the Select Board ex-officio to the Planning Board, had suggested smaller buildings might better fit into the character of New Ipswich. 

While the project will still have to go through the Planning Board review process, the Zoning Board unanimously granted a variance to allow more than one multi-family unit to be built on a single property, though they attached several conditions to the decision.

Many of the conditions were aspects of the project USA Properties had already proposed as part of its plan, or in conversations with the Zoning Board.

Some of the conditions protect neighbors, who attended public hearings on the issue concerned about traffic impacts on Stowell Road, property values and water runoff in an area where yards are often already flooded in wet weather.

The property must maintain its existing tree buffer between the condos and neighboring properties, and developers must construct a swale on the south side of the property to keep water flowing from the western side of the wetlands on the property.

Much of the 96-acre property is unbuildable because of wetland, open water and slopes, and this portion of the property must remain undeveloped and be public open space.

The units are limited to the proposed 10 units, each with no more than four dwellings, must be sold and not rented, and at least one of the owners must be 50 years of age or older. 

The conditions also specify that pipes leading from the development to leach fields on the other side of the property’s wetlands much be put into place using directional boring, and won’t have impact on wetlands.

 

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