The Holderness Conservation Commission respectfully requests
that the Holderness Planning Board DENY the request for subdivision on the
property known as Snowy Owl Woods, located on
As stated in the Holderness Master Plan of 2006 “the town of
1. The HCC has appealed to the Wetlands Council of the New Hampshire DES on the wetlands permit recently granted. Our request for reconsideration outlines that we feel:
A. The previous flooding questions were not answered
We were very surprised the applicant decided to
resubmit after the deadline, and the permit was granted on
C. We question the apparent alteration of wetlands boundaries on the resubmitted map (subdivision Plans for Snowy Owl Woods, Apr. 2006, revised June 2006)
D. The applicants declared there were no vernal pools in the area of the proposed road access, but vernal pools were visible from the road prior to inspection by the wetlands specialist hired by the applicant.
2. This corridor along Owl Brook has been identified on wetlands maps provided by the Lakes Region Planning Commission as an important water recharge area. Co-occurrence maps show it as designated highest for wetlands and habitat. Thus, the lack of an impact study would be a gross disservice by the town in ensuring protection of this resource.
3. This proposed subdivision is located on an area of steep slopes. The steep slope protection guidelines state that a lot with 25% slope is considered unsuitable for development. Upon evaluation of the lot plans for possible housing sites by an independent architect (Steven Mosman of Freeman, French, Freeman, Inc., Burlington, VT.), we have found:
A. 2/3 of
B. A very small percentage of
C. The majority of Lots 4 and 7 is 30% or greater, with an average of 40% slope.
4. Augmenting the land area to accommodate the road we would estimate, impacts at least 15% of the natural habitat. In some of the lots, we question if they could stay within the 12% slope limitations for driveways.
5. There is evidence of nesting loons along portions of Owl Brook.
The Holderness Conservation Commission
Larry Spencer, Chairman