GILFORD — Time is up for an answer from the Planning Board on Timber Hill Farm's site plan review, so selectmen ordered the Planning Board to act on the review within 30 days.
The order came after Andy and Martina Howe's lawyer, Patrick Wood, made a request at the board meeting Wednesday night.
A letter sent to Planning Board Chairman John Morgenstern on Jan. 13, and signed by all three selectmen, said that N.H. RSA 676:4,I(c)(1) "requires the Planning Board to approve, conditionally approve or disapprove an application for site plan review withing 65 days of accepting the application as complete.
The Planning Board is scheduled to act on the Timber Hill Farm site plan on Jan. 19 at its regularly scheduled meeting.
The board said in the letter that the Howes' application was accepted as complete on Oct. 19, and the 65 days to act ended on Dec. 23. Wood said the Planning Board's vote of Dec. 7 to stay action on the site plan review until Monique Twomey's appeal to the Zoning Board of Adjustments not to uphold a cease-and-desist order on the Howes' wedding activities could be heard, is not an action described in the law.
Wood went on to say that he has heard allegations that his clients have receives some favorable treatment on the part of the town. Yesterday he said "there have been assertions that there have been some illegal activities that should be investigated..."
"That offends me," he continued, saying he wanted the selectmen to know that wasn't the case.
"[My client] does not intend to violate any ordinance or regulation nor, to the best of my knowledge, have they done so."
During the brief discussion by board members, Selectman Chan Eddy, who is the selectboard's representative to the Planning Board, said he normally recuses himself from discussions involving Timber Hill Farm because of a family connection but said "I don't think recusal can be appropriate [for this specific issue."]
He made the motion to direct the Planning Board to act and it was seconded by Selectman Richard "Rags" Grenier, who noted that it appears the selectmen by law have been included in the process, seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
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