Zoning

ZBA Reviews Variances Requested with Regional Impact
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AMHERST ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT AGENDA 

Please be advised that the Amherst Zoning Board of Adjustment will meet on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at Souhegan High School, 412 Boston Post Road, Amherst, New Hampshire.

PUBLIC HEARING(S): 

1. CASE #: PZ15534-032122 – VARIANCE

TANA Properties Limited Partnership (Owner) & Flint Acquisitions LLC (Applicant); Hollis Road (Rear), PIN #: 002-012-002 – Request for relief from Article IV, Section 4.3, Paragraph A to construct a warehouse in the Residential/Rural District. Zoned Residential/Rural. Continued from April 19, 2022 

2. CASE #: PZ15531-032122 – VARIANCE

TANA Properties Limited Partnership (Owner) & Flint Acquisitions LLC (Applicant); Hollis Road (Rear), PIN #: 002-012-002 – Request for relief from Article IV, Section 4.3, Paragraph D.4 to allow a new structure to be constructed with a floor area ratio of approximately 55% where no greater than 15% floor area is permitted. Zoned Residential/Rural. Continued from April 19, 2022 

3. CASE #: PZ15533-032122 – VARIANCE

TANA Properties Limited Partnership (Owner) & Flint Acquisitions LLC (Applicant); Hollis Road (Rear), PIN #: 002-012-002 – Request for relief from Article IV, Section 4.3, Paragraph D.4 to allow a new structure to be constructed to a height up to 55 feet where 40 feet is permitted. Zoned Residential/Rural. Continued from April 19, 2022 

ZBA Reviews Variances Requested with Regional Impact

      The variances in front of the ZBA involve, heavy trucking, clean water, and the will of the voters at the ballot box.  In March of 2015 the voters rejected a petition warrant article to change the rural /residential district lot 12-2 to industrial district. 

     Just Seven years later, the Zoning Board of Adjustment at the May 17th meeting will be reviewing requests by TANA Properties Limited Partnership (Owner) & Flint Acquisitions LLC (Applicant) for three variances off Northern Boulevard to construct two warehouses and over 700 parking spaces for tractor trailer trucks and 400 passenger vehicles . The variances would allow the applicant to construct a warehouse in a rural/residential zone.  The warehouse also needs a variance because it exceeds the floor area ratio of approximately 55% where no greater than 15% floor area is permitted. In addition, a variance is required for the new structure to be constructed to a height up to 55 feet where 40 feet is permitted.  The warehouse will be 1.2M s.f. but only 180,000 s.f. is on a lot that requires the variance. 

 

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      Vice Chair Danielle Pray pointed out that the warehouse and tractor trailer bays would be used for shipping and receiving goods. Heavy trucking on state and local roads, along with the proximity to aquifers and surface water will cross local boundaries.  She identified Hollis, Merrimack, Nashua and possibly Milford should be notified.  ZBA Chair Doug Kirkwood was most concerned about the impact to the aquifer from this project.  The size of this proposal in regard to the aquifer will need to be discussed. He also noted the proximity to Witches Brook in Hollis.  VC Pray again noted that the regional impact is on the aquifer and traffic of the area, as a result of the variances.   The variance would change the use of this site to industrial  with all the allowed uses in the industrial zone.

       The Board determined the variances requested had a regional impact and the meeting was moved to May 17 at Souhegan High School.  Towns that may be impacted will be notified.

NOTE:  This article by petition was included on the March 10, 2015 town ballot, which can be viewed online (see page 4): https://www.amherstcitizen.com/2015-town-vote.pdf

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