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June 12. 2013 8:55PM

Derry Conservation Commission OK’s Linda Road project

DERRY — The Conservation Commission has signed off on plans for a cul-de-sac off Linda Road that begins in Windham.

Commission Chairman Margaret Ives said the project has no wetlands impact.

Earlier this year, representatives of H and B Homes Corporation appeared before the Zoning Board seeking a variance for three single-family home lots off Linda Road near the Windham border. The three houses would be part of a cul-de-sac beginning in Windham with access through a proposed road in that town.

Specifically, the developers were looking for variances allowing for 120 feet of frontage for the lots, and for undersized lots of between 1.4 and 1.7 acres. Under the town’s regulations, house lots in the zone require 150 feet of frontage and 2 acres of land.However, the Zoning Board denied the variance because of concerns about the road running through Windham into Derry and suggested the developers first gain the approval of the Planning Board for the road before trying to get a variance for the subdivision.

Project engineer Joseph Maynard said the developers are going through the technical review process, which includes a sign off from the Conservation Commission, in preparation for getting the project before the Planning Board.

“The Windham side of this is known as Spruce Pond Estates, and we were before the board about four years ago with a road called Middle Ridge Road that connected through Windham,” said Maynard. “The road is designed to come in from the Windham side of things and terminate in a cul-de-sac.”

The Windham portion of the road was approved four years ago and has been constructed in phases.

Maynard added that when the developers originally came forward with the plans for the road and the subdivision of the 5 acre Derry portion of the property, the frontage requirements were measured at the building setbacks, giving the developers the ability to build on at least two lots.

“So the road was designed to leave two building lots up on this piece of land,” Maynard said. However, the frontage is now measured from the street, meaning the developers need a Zoning Board variance to subdivide the property.

If the cul-de-sac gains the approval of the Planning Board, Maynard said the project will once again go before the Zoning Board in an attempt to subdivide the property into two buildable lots.aswift@newstote.com


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