Planning & Building Department
Planning & Building Overview
The primary responsibility of the Planning Division is administering the Town’s land use controls, including subdivision and site plan regulations. This involves reviewing plans and proposals to make sure they comply with the Town’s regulations, signing permits, inspecting sites, answering questions from the public, and working with other Town staff, consultants, and applicants. We arrange Planning Board and Conservation Commission meetings throughout the year, preparing agendas and information packets, attending the meetings, and working to implement their decisions. Our other major responsibility is long-range planning for the community. This involves updating and implementing the Town’s Master Plan, proposing or modifying regulations to control land development, preparing planning studies and working on a variety of miscellaneous projects for the betterment of the Town.
Current year projects overview
Planning Division highlights for 2011 include: Coordinate 23 Planning Board meetings with 78 agenda items (up from 49 in 2010). Large projects approved in 2011 include the Tuscan Market store and cafe on Willow Street, extension of Keewaydin Drive to Stiles Road, a large office building on Stiles Road, Car One Auto Body on Pelham Road, and the Clough Farm workforce housing project on Braemoor Woods Drive. Other highlights include adoption of Depot Redevelopment Plan, Design Guidelines, and Subdivision/Site Plan Regulation amendments. Coordinate 12 Conservation Commission meetings with 8 agenda items (down from 12 in 2010). Major projects include road and bridge projects for the Town, the sale of the house at 38 Town Farm Road, starting the acquisition of 22 Briar Avenue, and hiring a consultant for conservation easement monitoring. Work with property owners, businesses, and contractors on re-use of vacant stores or redevelopment of sites, including Lord & Taylor (former Macy’s) 9 Northeastern Boulevard (former Digital and Cisco), and Jay Gees Ice Cream, and numerous other locations. Prepare 5 amendments to the Zoning Ordinance. Prepare legal notices and warrant/ballot articles and set up public hearings. Prepare checklist of local permit requirements for new businesses. Work with Town’s attorneys on DiBitetto and Harrington lawsuits. Work on lease of Town property off North Broadway for cell phone tower. Collect $122,000 in impact fees for roads, schools, recreation, and public safety.
Out-year projects overview
In 2012, we expect to see construction of several projects, including the extension of Keewaydin Drive to Stiles Road, the development of office buildings in this area, the Clough Farm workforce housing project, re-occupancy of vacant space at the former Cisco building on Northeastern Boulevard, and several retail projects on Rt. 28. We will also be working with the Planning Board on several site plan and subdivision regulation changes.
Planning & Building News
The agenda for the December 13, 2011 Planning Board meeting includes the Young Brothers site plan for industrial buildings on Pelham Road and the Rockingham Toyota conceptual site plan for a new car dealership on South Broadway.10/12/2011 - October 25, 2011 Planning Board meeting
The agenda for the October 25 Planning Board meeting includes a request for additional signage from Lord & Taylor at the Mall at Rockingham Park, reuse of 300 Main St. for a real estate office and flooring company, and a 17,000 industrial building on Pelham Rd. for Young Brothers.09/21/2011 - September 27, 2011 Planning Board agenda
The Sept. 27 Planning Board agenda includes 5 plans, including a 16,000 sq. ft. industrial expansion on Pelham Rd. and a church in an existing industrial building on Northwestern Dr. If time is available, the Board may discuss potential amendments to the Subdivision and Site Plan regulations and the Zoning Ordinance.09/13/2011 - September 13, 2011 Planning Board meeting
The Sept. 13, 2011 Planning Board meeting has 8 agenda items, 4 of which were carried over from the August 23 agenda. New items include a lot line adjustment/subdivision on Martin Ave. and Briar Ave., expansion of service at Act II Salon on Main St., and a change-of-use for NH Sunrooms on So. Policy St.08/10/2011 - August 23, 2011 Planning Board meeting
The August 23 Planning Board meeting includes 10 agenda items, including the Clough Farm workforce housing project, a restaurant/ice cream store on So. Broadway, and 7 new business items. The Commercial Landscaping awards will also be presented at this meeting.08/09/2011 - August 9, 2011 Planning Board Meeting
The August 9 Planning Board meeting featured 7 agenda items, including a 3 lot subdivision on Cross St. and a 50,000 sq. ft. medical office building on Stiles Rd.. Both of these projects were approved by the Board.07/28/2011 - July 26, 2011 Planning Board Agenda
The July 26 Planning Board agenda included 8 items: a 32 unit workforce housing project on Braemoor Woods Rd., a 3 lot subdivision on Cross St., a 3640 sf restaurant/ice cream store on So. Broadway for Jay Gees, another 3 lot subdivision on Cross St., a 12 seat restaurant called Wing City on South Broadway, and a few smaller plans.06/24/2011 - June 28, 2011 Planning Board meeting
The June 28 Planning Board meeting features public hearings on converting the former Craftmania building on Willow St. (off No. Broadway) to a retail store and cafe for the Tuscan Kitchen restaurant, converting a retail store on So. Broadway to a Subway restaurant with 34 seats, and a 3 lot residential subdivision on Cross St.04/15/2011 - April 26, 2011 Planning Board meeting
The April 26 Planning Board meeting includes public hearings on an outdoor street hockey rink at the Icenter on Lowell Rd., a revision to a golf driving range on Lowell Rd., a church which wants to occupy the second floor of a retail building on So. Broadway, and a farmers market at Lake Street Garden Center.04/14/2011 - 2011 Zoning Ordinance
The 2011 version of the Zoning Ordinance has been posted on this web page. Go to Zoning Ordinance under Projects.03/16/2011 - March 22, 2011 Planning Board meeting
The agenda for the March 22 Planning Board meeting includes a public hearing on adoption of design guidelines and a second public hearing for the Car One Auto Body Shop site plan on Pelham Rd. For more information, please contact the Planning Office.03/04/2011 - Spring Flooding
A recent newsletter from the NH Floodplain Management Program advises residents to prepare for spring flooding by 1) going to www.floodsmart.gov and/or speaking to an insurance agent about flood insurance policies to protect buildings and contents from flooding and 2) going to www.nh.gov/readynh to learn about preparing for a flood.02/24/2011 - March 10, 2011 Planning Board meeting
The Planning Board meeting on March 10, 2011 (rescheduled from March 8 due to the Town election) will feature a public hearing on a 32 unit workforce housing project on Braemoor Woods Drive and a conceptual discussion on the redevelopment of the former Coke plant on South Broadway into a recycling center for construction debris.02/09/2011 - February 22, 2011 Planning Board meeting
The Planning Board meeting on February 22, 2011, will feature a worksession on the Open Space Report and public hearings on the extension of Keewaydin Drive, the redevelopment of the former Cisco building at 9 Northeastern Boulevard, and a 120-child day care facility at 15-19 Keewaydin Drive.01/27/2011 - Feb. 8, 2011 Planning Board agenda
The February 8 Planning Board agenda features a public hearing to adopt the Depot Redevelopment Plan as part of the Salem Master Plan and review of a proposed 9900 sq. ft. auto body shop at 55 Pelham Road.01/18/2011 - update on cisco building
At the Planning Board meeting on January 25, 2011, Bruce Levine of Equity Industrial Partners will talk about the plans for the former Cisco building at 9 Northeastern Blvd., including new tenants.01/14/2011 - 2011 zoning amendments
Complete copies of the 2011 zoning amendments can be viewed at the Town Hall, the Kelley Library, or at this web page link: http://salemnhprojects.org/project?d=planning&p=88. These amendments will be on the Town Meeting ballot on March 8, 2011, when residents vote for Selectmen and on Town budget issues. Please contact Planning Director Ross Moldoff at 603-890-2083 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the 2011 zoning amendments.01/10/2011 - January 25, 2011 Planning Board agenda
The Planning Board meeting on January 25, 2011, will feature a discussion of the plan to extend Keewaydin Drive to Stiles Road and also a plan to convert a house at 32 Main St. to an office.12/06/2010 - Design Guidelines Presentation
A webcast of the presentation by Terry DeWan at the Nov. 23, 2010 Planning Board meeting is available at: http://126.96.36.199:8891/TRMSVOD/3258-1.wmv11/01/2010 - Recent Projects
Here's a list of recent projects in Salem: Former Furniture World – used bookstore, pet supply store, Balducci’s restaurant, mattress store; Sports Authority – former Linen’s N Things – open; Former Butcher Boy – jewelry store open, 2 other stores pending; Ultimate Electronics – former Circuit City – open; Glenridge Apts. (26 unit subsidized senior housing at Braemoor Woods) – open; Tuscan Kitchen – 600 seat restaurant - under construction, open in Nov.; reuse of Craftmania Bldg for food production – approved by Planning Board; redevelopment of other properties in Depot - pending; Market Basket – reconstruction/addition – under construction; Lowe’s (with Namco/Sovereign Bank/addit. store) - under construction; CVS/Advance Auto Parts – under construction; Krystal Ballroom Dance Studio – former Tweeter, Etc. – approved by Planning Board, legal appeal by abutter; Mako Development – 22 lot subdivision off Salem St. - approved by Planning Board; Canobie Lake Park – new roller coaster– approved by Planning Board; Clough Farm – 32 unit workforce housing project – under review by Planning Board; 141 Main St. - Act One hair salon open, bakery approved by Planning Board; Jim's Ice Cream Barn - Kelly Road - open; Friendly's Ice Cream - relocation next to new Market Basket - under construction; 19 Main Street - redevelopment for office space and medical clinic - under construction; Salem Corporate Park – extension of Keewaydin Drive to Stiles Rd. – under review by Planning Board;09/21/2010 - Sept. 28, 2010 Planning Board meeting
The Sept. 28 Planning Board meeting features a public meeting on the Depot Village Overlay District zoning amendment and public hearings for a new roller coaster at Canobie Lake Park and a 22 lot subdivision on Silver Brook Rd. in the southwest corner of town.