DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

August 22, 2013

Londonderry officials make ruling range plan

By Julie Huss
jhuss@derrynews.com

---- — LONDONDERRY — An early proposal by Londonderry Fish and Game to add more outdoor shooting ranges prompted planning officials to give the plan regional impact status.

That means towns abutting the Fish and Game property — Londonderry and Litchfield — would have the right to give official input on the proposed plan to add more ranges once more details are released.

At a Planning Board meeting Aug. 8, officials approved naming the plan as a regional impact, meeting the guidelines set by the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission.

Certain criteria need to be met to be deemed a regional impact, including any noise concerns that may come up that could affect abutting properties and residents.

Planning Board member Maria Newman asked what a regional impact meant.

“It doesn’t stop (the plan) in its tracks?” she asked.

Town planner Cynthia May said regional impact status paves the way for the abutting towns and the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission to weigh in on the plan’s details as it moves through the planning process.

Notifications would be sent out 14 days prior to any hearing on the range plan.

“They can provide impact during the process,” May said.

Right now, the Fish and Game plan is in preliminary stages.