By RICK GREEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
MEREDITH — Meredith Public Works Director Michael Faller will come before the city Planning Board on April 25 with his own proposed housing development.
Faller wants to build a four-lot subdivision in a rural area off Meredith Neck Road near Powers Road. He declined to comment on his plans Tuesday.
On March 25, 2016, Faller Enterprises purchased 28.54 acres of vacant land from Kevin and Katherine Abelli for $200,000. The land was appraised at $125,900 in 2015.
The proposal filed with the Meredith Planning Board calls for the land to be divided into four 5.44-acre lots. The development is to have wells and septic systems. A reduced-standards private roadway included in the plan will require approval from the Board of Selectmen.
Community Development Director John Edgar said the development is planned for a low-density area of the city that does include some scattered homes.
The proposal is classified as a "major" subdivision on planning documents, and Edgar said such proposals have been infrequent in recent years.
"It has been relatively slow," he said. "We haven't had any major subdivision or road building for a while now."
Such proposals are often dependent on positive economic conditions, he said.
Also, areas for new subdivisions are not as numerous as they once were.
"A lot of the easily sub-dividable dry land has already been subdivided," Town Planner Angela LaBrecque said. "That leaves wet lands and steep slopes and things that are not on the market."
In 2008, Faller successfully challenged a proposed fine of $5,500 from the Department of Environmental Services over an allegation he helped install a septic system without required permits and inspections. He was placed on administrative leave before the state decided not to fine him.
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