Town of Alton

Official Website of Alton, New Hampshire

Planning and Zoning


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Planning Staff



Nic Strong
Town Planner

Office: (603) 875-0108
Fax: (603) 875-2163




Jessica Call
Planning Secretary

Office: (603) 875-2162
Fax: (603) 875-2163


Planning Office

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday

8:00AM to 4:30PM

(also open until 7:00PM on the first and last Thursday of each month)

Mailing Address

Alton Planning Department
PO BOX 659
Alton, NH 03809

Physical Address

Alton Town Hall
1 Monument Square
Alton, NH 03809



Information

Ordinances, Regulations, Map & Plan

Master Plan
Zoning Ordinance
Alton Zoning Map
Site Plan Review Regulations
Subdivision Regulations
Construction Observation Guidelines
Excavation Regulations

Planning Board Applications

1. Subdivision Applications

Subdivision Conceptual Consultation Application
Minor Subdivision Application and Checklist
Subdivision Design Review Application and Checklist
Major Subdivision Final Application and Checklist
Lot Line Adjustment Application and Checklist
Voluntary Lot Merger Application

2. Site Plan Review Applications

Site Plan Review Conceptual Consultation Application
Minor Site Plan Application
Major Site Plan Review Design Review Application
Major Site Plan Review Final Application

3. Excavation Applications

Excavation Application Form
Existing Excavation Exemption Application Form
Expansion of Existing Excavation Application Form
Excavation Incidental to Agricultural Silvicultural Landscaping or Topographical Adjustment Application Form
Excavation Incidental to Construction of Building Structure Parking Lot Driveway Application Form
Excavation for Construction of Highways Application Form
Excavation from Granite Quarry for Dimension Stone Application Form

Other

Planning Board & Zoning Board of Adjustment Application Deadlines & Meeting Dates
Land Use Copy Fees
Planning Board By-Laws

Zoning Forms and Applications

Zoning Application
Zoning Ordinance
ZBA By-Laws

Alton Planning Board

  • Peter Bolster - Chairman
  • Roger Sample - Vice Chairman
  • Russell Wilder - Clerk
  • Dave Collier - Member
  • Thomas Hoopes - Member
  • Scott Williams - Member
  • Virgil MacDonald - Selectmen's Representative
  • Phil Whittmann - Alternate Selectmen's Representative

The Planning Board is responsible for developing and assuring compliance with the Town's land use regulations. These include the Town's Master Plan, Subdivision Regulations, and Site Plan Review Regulations. The Planning Board reviews all residential and commercial development proposals for conformance with the Town's land use regulations. The Board also reviews Voluntary Lot Mergers and Boundary Line Adjustment applications. The Planning Board strives to balance the rights of the individual property owner with the public interest to preserve the rural character of the Town, to protect the Town's natural resources, to enhance the public health, safety and general welfare, while encouraging the appropriate and wise use of land within the community.

The Planning Board is comprised of six elected members, a representative from the Board of Selectmen, and two alternate members who are appointed by the Planning Board. The Planning Board meets once a month on the third Tuesday of the month at the Alton Town Hall. The meetings begin at 6:00p.m. Applications that involve subdivision of land, site plan review, boundary line adjustments, and lot mergers must be received by the Planning Department by 4:00 PM on the scheduled new application deadline date available in the Planning Department.

All application schedules and meeting times and dates are subject to change. Please contact the planning department for the most current information.

Information regarding the application process, application materials, and copies of the Town's land use regulations may be obtained from the Planning Department, located on the first floor of the Alton Town Hall. Or you may call 603-875-2162.

Alton Zoning Board of Adjustment

  • Steve Miller - Chairman
  • Paul LaRochelle - Vice Chairman
  • Lou LaCourse - Clerk
  • Paul Monzione - Member
  • Tim Morgan - Member
  • Frank Rich - Alternate
  • Reuben Wentworth - Selectmen's Representative

The Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) hears and decides requests for variances from the requirements of the Town's Zoning Ordinance and for Special Exceptions as allowed by the Zoning Ordinance. The ZBA also hears and decides appeals from Administrative Decisions.

A Variance is the setting aside of certain requirements of the Town's Zoning Ordinance, such as a building setback, to allow a structure to be built or expanded in a way that would not normally be allowed. The State strictly limits the ZBA's authority to vary from the Town's regulations with the finding of "hardship" being the most difficult to demonstrate in most situations.

A Special Exception is required for those uses identified in Article 300, Section 301 of the Town's Zoning Ordinance. Generally, a Special Exception is a use that requires additional review by the ZBA and includes a review of the site plan. If the Special Exception is approved by the ZBA, the development proposal then goes before the Planning Board for final site plan approval.

An Appeal from an Administrative Decision may be requested by any person affected by a decision of the Town's Code Enforcement Officer with regard to the interpretation or application of the terms of the Town's Zoning Ordinance.

The Zoning Board of Adjustment is comprised of five regular members and three alternate members, each of whom is appointed by the Board of Selectmen. The ZBA meets once a month on the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Alton Town Hall. Applications must be received in the planning department no later than 4:00 P.M. on scheduled application deadline day.

All application schedules and meeting times and dates are subject to change. Please contact the planning department for the most current information

Information regarding the application process, application materials, and copies of the Town's land use regulations may be obtained from the Planning Department, located on the first floor of the Alton Town Hall. Or you may call 603-875-2162.

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