Many people are claiming we did not lose local control because of Sununu’s HAB. Read this article and you be the judge…
State housing board won’t rehear Francestown subdivision case
By ABBE HAMILTON
The state Housing Appeals Board denied Francestown’s motion for a rehearing on Thursday. The act upheld the state board’s decision to overturn the town’s denial of a four-lot subdivision proposed by Ron and Melissa Shattuck.
The Francestown Planning Board rejected the subdivision in January, claiming it didn’t conform to the town’s subdivision regulations, and was inconsistent with the intent and spirit of the town’s zoning ordinance, which is meant to protect the view shed and maintain the rural character of the neighborhood. The HAB supported the Shattucks’ appeal, determining that Francestown hadn’t cited any objective zoning violations in their denial, and thus made an “unreasonable” rejection.
The HAB shot down Francestown’s reasoning again in their July 1 order denying a rehearing.
“A review of the Certified Record finds no factual underpinnings that suggests that the proposed, four-lot subdivision will “affect” the “rural character of the town,”” the order said. Further, Francestown’s planning and subdivision regulations have no language referencing vegetative buffers, and therefore that they required one of a subdivision was unreasonable, it said.