Pelham - Windham News June 17, 2011 - 11
FAQs for Residential Construction in the Floodplain
submitted by Tim Corwin, Zoning Board of Adjustment/Code Enforcement Administrator, Windham If you have residential property that is located in a “Special Flood
Hazard Area,” you should know that special requirements apply to any new construction or substantial improvements that you undertake.
What is a Special Flood Hazard Area? A Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) includes any area of Town that has a one-percent chance or greater possibility of flooding in any given year. The one- percent flood is also known as the 100-year flood. How do I know if my property is located in an SFHA? The Town’s SFHAs are depicted on the Town’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps, which
are available for review at the Community Development Department and online at www.granit.unh.edu/dfirms
. What are the special requirements that apply? The most significant requirement for new construction and substantial improvements of homes located in an SFHA is that the lowest floor of the structure must be constructed at or above the height of where the 100-year flood is expected to rise. What about basements and crawlspaces? If the home has a basement or crawlspace, the floor of the basement or crawlspace is considered the lowest floor of the structure and therefore must be constructed at or above the height of where the 100-year flood is expected to rise.
Rules of Thumb for Tree Cutting
submitted by Tim Corwin, Zoning Board of Adjustment/Code Enforcement Administrator, Windham On behalf of the Town of Windham Community Development Department, here are some rules of thumb to keep in mind regarding tree cutting: • A property owner has a general right to cut or remove trees on their property as they wish. This is true whether the trees are located in or out of the road right-of- way, unless the Town or State holds title to the right-of-way. This is also true even if a road has been designated a ‘scenic road.’
• Tree cutting in the Wetland and Watershed Protection District is permitted; however, any type of stump
removal activity requires a Special Permit from the Town of Windham Planning Board.
• Tree cutting and stump removal activities within the protected shoreland buffer are regulated by the Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act. Under the CSPA, trees removed within the 50- foot waterfront buffer may be removed in accordance with a grid and point system, but stumps must remain intact within the ground. Trees removed within the 150-foot natural woodland buffer must comply with the unaltered state requirement. Stumps may be removed in this area, but any activity requiring mechanized equipment will require a shoreland impact permit.
• Public utility companies and municipalities must follow certain procedures prior to cutting trees. For a utility, the law requires not only notice, but landowner permission. The Town may cut or remove any trees that interfere with public travel or are deemed a public nuisance. However, trees with a circumference of more than 15 inches at 4 feet off the ground generally cannot be cut until the owner is notified in writing. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Tim Corwin, Zoning Board of Adjustment/Code Enforcement Administrator, at 432-3806 or tcorwin@win dhamnewhampshire.com
What is a substantial improvement? A “substantial improvement”
is any improvement or repair to your home, the cost of which equals or exceeds 50 percent of the home’s market value. This means that if you undertake a substantial improvement, you will need to raise the lowest floor of your home to or above the height of where the 100- year flood is expected to rise. If you have questions about floodplain regulations, feel free to
contact Tim Corwin, Zoning Board of Adjustment/ Code Enforcement Administrator, at 432-3806 or tcorwin@windhamnewhampshire. com.
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Stone Wall Regulations in Windham
submitted by Elizabeth Wood, Community Planner, Windham Stone walls are a treasured piece of Windham’s agricultural
history. In the past, these walls were used to mark boundaries, retain livestock, and served as a place to put all of the rocks found in farmer’s fields. Today, they serve as an attractive landscape feature and as a reminder of Windham’s agricultural roots. Today, there are regulations in place that strive to protect and
preserve these stone walls. You may want to be aware of these before altering any stone wall to avoid fines or other penalties. New Hampshire State law does not prevent the alteration or
removal of stone walls by a private property owner on their own property. A private property owner may sell the stones from their property in the same manner that gravel or timber or gravel might be sold from that land.
Windham Woman’s Club Awards College Scholarships
submitted by Windham Woman’s Club The GFWC Windham Woman’s Club is pleased to announce
two Salem High School graduates have been chosen to receive the following scholarships. The two $1,500 scholarship recipients are: Annette Conticchio, daughter of Rocco and Josephine Conticchio
of Windham, who will attend the University of New Hampshire, majoring in Engineering. Madeline E. Smith, daughter of Brian and Katherine Smith, also of Windham, who will attend Villanova University in Pennsylvania, majoring in International Relations with a focus in global development. According to Nancy Tullo,
chairman of the scholarship committee, Windham Woman’s Club, the scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic and scholastic achievement and demonstrated financial need. The scholarships are conditionally awarded upon graduation, but are not given until the winner has successfully completed the first college semester in January 2012. Awards are given directly to the student. Congratulations from the Windham Woman’s Club!
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Per NH RSA 472:6, it is not permissible to move stone walls between property lines unless there is a mutual agreement between all property owners involved. Theft of any stone from another landowner’s property is illegal per NH RSA 539:4 and may result in a fine that is three times the cost of repairing the stone wall, in addition to legal costs.
More information regarding stone walls can be found on the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources Website: http://www. nh.gov/nhdhr/publications/technical_assistance.htm#StoneWalls
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