Milford ZBA to rule on drug store, apartments

MILFORD – Zoning boards are among the most low-profile of the municipal boards. The cases that come before these semi-judicial bodies often involve relatively small things – the size of a business sign, the distance of a deck from a property line – but sometimes they involve large developments.

Three recent cases before the Milford Zoning Board of Adjustment – one involving plans for a CVS drug store and the other two involving a large affordable apartment complex – were postponed on May 21, because only four board members were present and no alternate was available. They are now scheduled to be heard on Thursday, June 4, at 7 p.m.

To avoid those kinds of postponements, the board is looking for new members. There are now five board members, but only one alternate to fill in when members are absent.

The CVS case involves a request for a special exception to subdivide and combine properties to create a new commercial lot. The CVS chain would like to build a drug store at the eastern end of the County Stores plaza.

Affordable, luxury

The two other applications involve Red Oak Apartment Homes and its plan to build a mix of affordable and luxury units on 25 acres on Capron Road.

The property owner needs two special exceptions, one to allow a height of 45.5 feet for two three-story buildings where 35 feet is the maximum allowed.

The second application is to allow the disturbance of 265 square feet of wetland and 5,205 square feet of wetland buffer areas for the multi-family buildings.

A fourth case involves the size of a sign on Nashua Street.

A zoning board hears requests for variances, special exceptions, administrative appeals and equitable waivers, and its responsibility is to interpret the zoning ordinance, granting relief to the applicant where appropriate, while taking into consideration the protection of the town and the interests and safety of residents.

The Milford board meets twice a month, if there are cases, on the first and third Thursday at 7 p.m.

No experience is necessary, and there are opportunities to attend training.

The board invites anyone to drop in and attend meetings or check them out on the web via streaming videos at www.milford.nh.gov or on Government Access/Granite Town Media TV (Channel 21).

Anyone interested in becoming an alternate zoning board member or who would like more information can contact Bill Parker, director of community development/zoning administrator, at bparker@milford.nh.gov or 249-0620.