The Derry Planning Board has approved the creation of a two-lot subdivision on a Gulf Road lot.
In the Dec. 2 meeting the board heard from engineer Robert Balquist representing Craig and Snow Bonneau of 20 Gulf Road. The Bonneaus are seeking to divide an 11.7 acre parcel into two lots, one at 5.2 acres with an existing single-family home and one at 6.5 acres with a new single-family home.
The property is PID 04061 and is zoned Low Density Residential. The project has already been before the Zoning Board of Adjustment, which approved a variance to allow the new building lot with less than the required frontage and lot width.
Balquist said because the property includes wetlands the Conservation Commission also walked the property and signed off on it. He said the developer does not plan to fill in the wetlands.
In the public hearing on the proposal Don Kirkland, an abutter at 18 Gulf Road, criticized the temporary culvert, comparing it to a “drinking straw” when a 15-inch culvert is needed.
“Even though the owner has put down #6 crushed stone, it will still fill up,” he said. “There will be plugged culverts and catchbasins.”
Balquist said that his client intends to have a full 15-inch culvert with 3 feet of cover, which will tie into the existing catchbasin, and that the current culvert is temporary.
Town engineer Mark L’Heureux said he is satisfied with the project as it stands and confirmed that the current culvert is temporary.
Member Michael Fairbanks asked, “Is Mr. Bonneau jumping the gun in beginning work on the project before it is approved?”
Balquist responded that Bonneau is clearing trees, which can be done without a permit.
Member Jim MacEachern asked what was the rationale behind the ZBA granting the variance and Balquist said, “We have sufficient area for a subdivision of two houses without congestion.” The existing house has enough frontage, he said, and with the variance “we asked for what was left over.”
The board voted 8-0-0 to take jurisdiction of the project and 8-0-0 to give it conditional approval.