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July 3, 2014

Fordway housing plan gets green light

One unit cut from Fordway proposal

DERRY — A proposal to bring a multi-unit housing complex to 70 Fordway still has nearby residents concerned about what it might do to the neighborhood.

The plan originally called for 14 units, but was scaled down to 13.

The Planning Board got another look at the project at a meeting June 18 and gave its conditional approval in a 4-2-1 vote.

That came after discussion on the size of the facility and whether the original number of units planned would meet zoning regulation in that area.

The three-story building project was presented by Tim Peloquin of Promised Land Survey. He represents property owner Ernestine Kaliontzis and builder Keystone Building LLC.

The complex would be built near the intersection of Fordway and Kendall Pond Road. The rear of the property lies near Pinehurst Drive.

After planning officials did more calculations, they determined the 14-unit plan was indeed too large for zoning requirements in that area.

The town’s minimum lot requirement allows 3,630 square feet per dwelling unit. The original plan would have exceeded that amount.

To keep the 14 units intact, the Zoning Board would have had to be involved to approve the additional unit.

“We can’t accept a plan that violates the zoning ordinance,” Planning Board member Jim MacEachern said.

Developers agreed to lower the number of units to 13.

That still has neighbors in the area worried about what might happen to an area already sensitive flooding issues.

Pinehurst Drive resident Nicole Adams asked planners to hear her pleas. She said the complex would harm a residential area. Others spoke of the potential for flooding and other drainage problems.

“Please consider the effect this has on the neighborhood,” she said. “This will have a definite impact on our property values.”

Town Councilor Michael Fairbanks lives close to the project on Rose Avenue. He said he was concerned about so many units on that property and traffic flow.

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