Public notice: Planning Board to hold a public hearing on Feb. 25

Public notice: Planning Board to hold a public hearing on Feb. 25

Note: The documents containing proposed changes are available online. The links are listed following the public notice.


TOWN OF MASON PLANNING BOARD
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FOR PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE SUBDIVISION AND SITE PLAN REGULATIONS

Notice is hereby given in accordance with RSA 676:4 that the Mason Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at the Mann House located at 16 Darling Hill Road during a regular meeting to consider the following changes to the Mason Subdivision and Site Plan Regulations:

  1. Subdivision Regulations: Amend Appendix B, Section 3, Fees, to increase the Abutters/Notification Fee and Newspaper Notice Fee to reflect increases in these costs, as well as the addition of the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) fee.
  2. Subdivision Regulations: Amend Section 3.07.5 Planning Board Review of Accepted Submission, from a ninety day to a sixty five day period in which the Board must take action on a completed application.
  3. Site Plan Regulations: Amend Appendix A, Section 3, Fees, to increase the Abutters/Notification Fee and Newspaper Notice Fee to reflect increases in these costs, as well as the addition of the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) fee.
  4. Site Plan Regulations: Amend Section 7.N General Standards and Requirements, to update the Section numbers as to accurately reflect the referenced Section numbers in the Subdivision Regulations.

The Planning Board meets the last Wednesday of the month at 7:30 PM.

Full copies of the proposed amendments listed above are available for public review at the Selectmen’s Office during regular business hours. You may submit comments in person or in writing. Anyone needing assistance in attending these hearings should contact the Selectmen’s Office one week prior to the meeting.

PER ORDER OF MARK MCDONALD, VICE CHAIR

MASON PLANNING BOARD


Proposed documents for discussion and action:

Reminder: Story Times at the Library to begin on Wednesday

Reminder: Story Times at the Library to begin on Wednesday

Story Times at the Library begin Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 11am and continue Wednesdays through Apr. 22. Stories, song, and simple crafts to take home. We encourage everyone to come. Join other young children and enjoy being together. Borrow books and DVDs to share with your families.

For more information, call the Mason Public Library at 878-3867 or send email to masonlib@myfairpoint.net.

NRPC adopts a broadband plan for the Nashua region including Mason

NRPC adopts a broadband plan for the Nashua region including Mason

The Nashua Regional Planning Commission’s email newsletter on Jan. 14, 2015 included the following announcement on broadband planning.

NRPC Broadband Plan for the Nashua Region

On December 17th the NRPC Commission adopted the Broadband Plan for the Nashua Region.

The New Hampshire Broadband Mapping and Planning Program (NHBMPP) is a comprehensive program that seeks to understand where broadband is currently available in NH, how it can be made more widely available in the future, and how to encourage increased levels of broadband adoption and usage.

To view the plan, visit the Regional Broadband Mapping & Planning webpage on the NRPC website at:
http://www.nashuarpc.org/hot-projects/project-broadband/

Webmaster’s note: When you follow the link provided, the plan itself is detailed in a PDF document that is available through a link on the right side of the page.

NRPC’s Live Maps app includes the proposed pipeline route through area towns

NRPC’s Live Maps app includes the proposed pipeline route through area towns

The Nashua Regional Planning Commission’s email newsletter on Jan. 14, 2015 included the following announcement.

NRPC Live Maps Now Features Proposed NED Pipeline Route

NRPC’s Live Maps is a public online parcel viewer for the 13 towns in our region. As part of our annual comprehensive data update, NRPC included the Proposed Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Pipeline route on the basemap. Users can interactively view the proposed NH NED mainline and lateral routes in relation to updated property boundaries and attributes, building footprints, conserved lands, land use, and zoning. The app also features integrations with municipal online property record cards, Bing Maps, and Google Street View. To get started visit: mapgeo.com/nrpcnh

Questions? Contact Sara Siskavich, NRPC GIS Manager, at:
saras@nashuarpc.org

Available online: Selectmen meeting minutes from Dec. 23 & 30, Jan. 6 & 8

Available online: Selectmen meeting minutes from Dec. 23 & 30, Jan. 6 & 8

Minutes are available online for the Selectmen’s meetings that were held on Dec. 23, Dec. 30 (work session), Jan. 6 (public hearing on the pipeline project), and Jan. 8  (work session). To access them, go to the Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes page: http://masonnh.us/town-directory/selectmen/selectmen-meeting-minutes/

NRPC launches a web resource dedicated to the pipeline project

NRPC launches a web resource dedicated to the pipeline project

The NRPC (Nashua Regional Planning Commission), Mason’s regional planning authority, has launched a web page that is dedicated to the Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Pipeline project: http://www.nashuarpc.org/hot-projects/project-pipeline/.

The page offers both regional and local information, and also includes numerous links to various resources for the project. The multi-page map that outlines the project’s impact on Mason is located here: http://www.nashuarpc.org/files/4714/1936/0628/
NED_MASON_NEW_HAMPSHIRE_111814.pdf

The web page launch was announced in the NRPC’s most recent newsletter on Dec. 29:

“The NRPC has developed a new webpage as a resource for communities seeking information about the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline Project. The page features a collection of resource materials organized by source and a link to NRPC’s LiveMaps, our interactive mapping app, which will soon include the proposed pipeline as a data layer. For maps and data requests, please contact Sara Siskavich, GIS manager at 424-2240 x21.

In addition to providing mapping and data resources, NRPC is organizing an educational workshop to be held in mid-January that will provide an overview of the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee and how NRPC and local communities can participate in the process.

The NRPC Commission is forming a policy subcommittee to coordinate between municipalities and to examine the overall policy implications of the project. The charge of the committee and membership will be clarified in January. For more information, contact Kerrie Diers, Executive Director at 424-2240 x12.

Please click here to go to the webpage.”

Board of Selectmen holiday office hours

Board of Selectmen holiday office hours

The Board of Selectmen’s office is closed on Dec. 24-25 and on Jan. 1. For the following week beginning on Dec. 29, the office is open on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9am-1pm.

For the week beginning Jan. 5, the office resumes normal hours. For a listing of regular office hours, go to: http://masonnh.us/town-directory/selectmen/selectmen-general-information/

Mason Public Library holiday hours

Mason Public Library holiday hours

During Christmas week and New Year’s week, the hours for the Library are as follows:

  • Tues., Dec. 23: 9am-4pm and 6-8pm
  • Wed., Dec. 24: 9am-12pm
  • Thurs., Dec. 25:  closed
  • Sat., Dec. 27: 9am-12pm
  • Tues., Dec. 30: 9am-4pm and 6-8pm
  • Wed., Dec. 31: 9am-12pm
  • Thurs., Jan. 1: closed

Happy Holidays from the Library Trustees & Mason PL Staff

Reminder: Pipeline informational meeting tomorrow

Reminder: Pipeline informational meeting tomorrow

Mason Pipeline Informational Meeting
Saturday, Dec. 13, 9am to 1pm
Mason Elementary School 

(Note: Registration is not required, but meeting organizers hope that people will register so that they can ensure adequate seating for all who attend. Information on registration is at the end of this announcement.)

Join us to learn about the proposed natural gas pipeline and how it can affect you. The 36-inch diameter pipeline would cross the towns of Winchester, Fitzwilliam, Rindge, New Ipswich, Greenville, and Mason, just touch Wilton, Brookline, and Amherst, then continue across the Merrimack River into Litchfield, Londonderry, Windham, and Pelham.

Presentations will describe the pipeline and the proposed route, talk about the approval process, and inform you.

Speakers will include representatives of New Hampshire Pipeline Awareness and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. A 20-minute film will show what it’s like to have a compressor station as a neighbor.

The meeting, sponsored by 350 New Hampshire and concerned citizens, is open to the public. It will be held at the Mason Elementary School, 13 Darling Hill Road (on Route 123) in Mason, NH, from 9 a.m. to about 1 p.m on Saturday, December 13. Residents of any affected town are invited. Please reply to nhpipeline@gmail.com to let us know how many will be attending to help ensure adequate seating.