, Derry, New Hampshire

January 23, 2014

Londonderry conservation group eyes land

By Julie Huss

---- — LONDONDERRY —Conservation Commission members have their eye on a Kimball Road property for a potential easement deal.

The group held a public hearing Jan. 14 to hear more details about a potential 26-acre land purchase at 16 Kimball Road.

The land is a horse farm belonging to Leah Doyle. If approved, the easement would give the town several connections to neighboring trails and other conservation land.

Doyle would retain ownership of the property and would still pay taxes to the town.

The land is appraised at $640,000 and would be sold to the town for $395,000. Doyle would gift the town $245,000.

It’s a good buy, Conservation Commission member Mike Speltz said, and would serve the town well as part of its continuing efforts to secure open and green space.

“Doyle would have the right to live on the land and use the land for the rest of her life,” he said.

If the town gains the easement, permitted uses would include forestry, public access to trails and other outdoor recreation activities.

Any residential development, or other industrial or commercial projects would be prohibited on the property.

It’s a great piece of property, Speltz said, and would be an extra boost to Londonderry’s vision for its conservation goals.

“That’s one of the attractions of it,” he said. “It will allow us to continue our trail building.”

Doyle’s land abuts the Musquash conservation area and also the AES Granite Ridge easement land.

Conservation Commission Chairman Deb Lievens said all easements are done differently and this one would give an extra piece to the protected space puzzle in town.

“It’s a mixed bag, it’s a package,” she said. “There is watershed protection, habitat protection. We try to make easements as flexible as possible. Each one is different and addresses different issues.”

The easement plan will now head to Town Council for review.