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Derry planners ask developer to get Windham on board


DERRY — The Planning Board wants the developers of a subdivision that straddles the Derry-Windham town line to get assurances from Windham that it will take full responsibility for a cul-de-sac that stretches into Derry.

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The H and B Homes Corporation, which is building a 95-home subdivision in Windham, also owns about five acres of property across the town line in Derry.

For a number of years, the developers have been looking at ways to access the Derry lot and tie it into the Windham subdivision.
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In 2009, project engineer Joseph Maynard said developers made overtures to Derry about readjusting the town line with Windham, but Derry officials said it was a no-go.

The latest plan has been to bring a road from Windham into the Derry property and build a cul-de-sac in front of the projected Derry lots. About half of that cul-de-sac would be in Windham and the other half in Derry.
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Earlier this year, Maynard appeared before the Zoning Board of Adjustment requesting a variance to subdivide the lots on the Derry acreage. The variance was needed because the proposed lots did not have proper frontage under Derry regulations.
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However, the ZBA said it would not consider the variance unless the developers first got Planning Board approval for the cul-de-sac.

At a recent Planning Board hearing on the cul-de-sac, Maynard said the Windham Public Works Department had agreed to plow the Derry portion of the roadway in the winter.
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Derry public works officials said they would rather see Windham take full responsibility for the roadway.

“It would make no practical sense to appropriate money and coordinate with Windham for a small piece of pavement,” said Mark L’Heureux, engineering coordinator of the Public Works Department.
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If the developers secure an inter-municipal agreement between Derry and Windham, code enforcement officer Robert Mackey said they could then go back to the ZBA and request a variance regarding the frontage.
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