DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

February 6, 2014

Woodmont scheduled to return before board

By Julie Huss
jhuss@derrynews.com

---- — LONDONDERRY — One of the biggest town projects was scheduled to come back before the Planning Board this week.

Proponents of the Woodmont Commons project were slated to appear before the Planning Board at a meeting Feb. 5.

The meeting was on the agenda as the annual report to the Planning Board on the 600-acre project’s status since it formally received town approval back in September.

This is the first meeting on Woodmont since then.

The agenda also stated that Woodmont developers were required as part of the approval’s conditions to give planners an update on expected development plans for the succeeding 24 months.

The massive multi-use development plan had been before town boards for more than a year, drawing some criticism from some residents and making for some very long meetings and sessions.

Woodmont Commons is proposed by Michael Kettenbach and Pillsbury Realty Development.

The project, as proposed, would be completed in phases over 20 years.

Woodmont would combine business, streets, residences, hotels, gardens and open space.

Many details were put in place prior to the final approval, including making sure Woodmont’s proposed development for residential, business and future parks, and other community spots all are in line with town zoning ordinances and rules.

With the potential 20-year build-out time frame for the billion-dollar project, future subdivisions and other plans will come before town boards for consideration and approvals.

After the approval last September, town attorney Mike Ramsdell said the town would retain control over all site plan and subdivision plans as the project moves forward.

“They will still have to come before the Planning Board with each and every site plan and subdivision application, just like any other developer,” Ramsdell said.

Woodmont Commons proponents have always maintained the project would be a good fit for Londonderry.

There were those against the plan along the way. Residents, businesses and other community groups were also influential in the process, attending development workshops and public hearings.