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City of Laconia Planning Department


Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQs do NOT serve as a comprehensive regulatory checklist.  We encourage everyone to call or meet preliminarily with our department before filling out an application. This will help us make sure your proposal generally adheres to the Planning Regulations, provide you with some pointers and answer any questions.  The Planning Department may be contacted at 603-524-1264 any time you have questions or need clarification on Planning or Zoning requirements.

 

FAQs

Does my project require Site Plan approval?

Use the descriptions below to find where your proposal fits:

Single or Two-Unit Dwelling Unit: Single unit and two-unit residential properties are exempt from Site Plan regulations. Any building or alterations to these units please see the Code Office.

Non-Residential, Commercial, or Multiple Dwelling Unit (structures with 3 or more dwelling units): If you plan on developing, expanding, or changing the use of your non-residential, commercial, OR multiple dwelling unit property, please refer to the information below to determine which category your proposal fits within.

 

What type of Site Plan application must be applied for?

Administrative Review Application:

A. Driveway Permitting

  • Paving of previously approved graveled areas under 1,500 square feet.
  • A one time per property allowance to pave not more than 1,500 square feet of green space.
  • Resurfacing an existing paved driveway or access. d. Relocation or resizing of curb cuts so long as the result is the cut(s) is brought in conformance or becomes more conforming with the Zoning Ordinance.

B. Interior changes of use under 5,000 square feet of gross floor area. (NOTE: If determined that the proposed use is more intensive and results in the need for additional infrastructure than the previous use, the change of use must be reviewed by the TRC or Planning Board as applicable).

C. Accessory structures, stationary equipment, and buildings with gross square footage under 501 square feet.

D. Clearing, stumping, re-grading, and/or alteration of natural or man-made drainage, total area of alteration up to 10,000 square feet.

 

Minor Site Plan Application:

A. Paving of a previously approved graveled area between 1,500 and 15,000 square feet.

B. New paving or graveling of existing green space of up to 5,000 square feet.

C. Additions to existing buildings or new buildings of up to 2,500 square feet of gross floor area.

D. Changes of use, as defined in these regulations, of up to 10,000 gross square feet of floor area.

 

Major Site Plans:

A. Projects requiring a Conditional Use Permit (CUP).

B. Projects converting the use of a building to multifamily (3 or more dwelling units).

C. Any project requiring a lot line adjustment, lot merger, boundary line agreement, or other subdivision.

D. Projects paving/graveling, building structures, or changing use(s) that exceed the limits covered by Administrative and Minor Site Plan applications.

E. Condominium Conversions. How to Find, Fill Out, and Submit an Application: We encourage everyone to call or meet with our department before filling out an application. This will help us make sure your proposal generally adheres to the Zoning Ordinance and Site Plan Regulations, provide you with some pointers and answer any questions.

 

Does my project need Subdivision approval?

If you answer YES to any of these questions, you will need subdivision approval:

  • Are you proposing to subdivide one or more lots?
  • Are you proposing a Condominium Conversion (residential, non-residential, multifamily, boathouse or parking lot)?
  • Are you proposing a new residential development?
  • Are you proposing a lot/boundary line adjustment?

 

How will my proposal be reviewed?

Administrative Application:

The Planning Director will review your application for completeness and conformity to Planning/Zoning rules. You will be mailed notice of your approval or denial.  The Administrative Application can be found HERE. This is a two week process.

Minor Site Plan Application:

The Minor Site Plan Committee will have 4 weeks to review your application. On the 4th week they will meet with you to discuss and vote on your application.  The Minor Site Plan schedule can be found HERE and the Minor Site Plan Application can be found HERE.  This is a one month process.

Planning Board Site Plan or Subdivision Application:

The Technical Review Committee (TRC) will review your pre-submittal application and meet with you in one week to discuss at a TRC 1 Meeting. You will have one (1) month to make necessary revisions that were requested at TRC 1 before resubmitting revised plans/material. The TRC members will review this second submittal and meet with you in one week to discuss their comments, this will be TRC 2 Meeting. One week from TRC 2 you will present your proposal to the Planning Board for a decision. Schedules for TRC and Planning Board submissions and meetings can be found HERE.  This is a two month process.

 

How do I fill out and submit my Subdivision Application?

Finding the Application:

Applications can be picked up in the Planning Department or downloaded from our Applications & Process page HERE.

For Subdivision applications, you will need "Planning Board Application" and "Subdivision Checklist", as well as any Conditional Use Permit applications that are required.

Filling Out the Application:

WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO CALL OR STOP BY OUR OFFICE BEFORE FILLING OUT AN APPLICATION.  This will make help us make sure your proposal generally adheres to the Zoning Ordinance and Planning Board Regulations, provide you with some pointers, and answer any questions.

  • Be sure to fill out the application completely - the more information you include, the easier and quicker it will be for the reviewers to understand your project.  The Subdivision Application can be found HERE.
  • Start off with an explanation of what the property currently is.
  • Explain in writing what it is that you propose to do.
  • Include plans showing existing conditions and proposed conditions.  Professionally drafted plans are required.
  • Submit a completed "Subdivision Checklist," found HERE.
  • Include any other applicable reports/plans (drainage, wetland, traffic, architecture, etc.).
  • Submit a list of abutters. This list can be obtained from the Assessor's Department.
  • Submit prepared abutter envelopes and appropriate certified postage fees. Prepared envelopes include each abutter's name, plus one for the property owner.  Please call the Planning Department for information on the latest postage fees.
  • Follow the additional instructions on the coversheet of the Planning Board Applications & Instructions, found HERE.

Submitting the Application:

  • Applications must be submitted in accordance with the Planning Board & Technical Review Committee Schedule, found HERE.
  • Applications are due by NOON of the deadline day.
  • Fees to be paid at the time of submittal: A $200.00 flat fee PLUS one or more per lot/unit/lot line adjustment fees referenced in the "Planning Board Application Fees" available HERE.  Please call the Planning Department and we can help you determine the appropriate fees.

 

How do I fill out and submit my Site Plan Application?

WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO CALL OR STOP BY OUR OFFICE BEFORE FILLING OUT AN APPLICATION.  This will make help us make sure your proposal generally adheres to the Zoning Ordinance and Planning Board Regulations, provide you with some pointers, and answer any questions.

Finding the Application:

Applications can be picked up in the Planning Department or downloaded from our Applications & Process page HERE.

For Site Plan applications, you will need "Planning Board Application" and "Site Plan Checklist," as well as any Conditional Use Permit applications that are required.

Filling Out the Application:

WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO CALL OR STOP BY OUR OFFICE BEFORE FILLING OUT AN APPLICATION.  This will make help us make sure your proposal generally adheres to the Zoning Ordinance and Planning Board Regulations, provide you with some pointers, and answer any questions.

  • Start off with an explanation of what the property currently is.
  • Explain in writing what it is that you propose to do. - Include plans showing existing conditions and proposed conditions.
  • For Administrative Applications include plot plans. The Planning Dept can print a plot plan (map) of your property for $2.00, you can use this website to print your own: from caigisonline.com/LaconiaNH
  • For Minor Site plans, professionally drafted plans may or may not be required, please contact us.
  • For Major Site plans, professionally drafted plans are required.
  • Submit a completed "Site Plan Checklist."
  • Include any other applicable reports/plans (drainage, wetland, traffic, architecture, etc.).
  • Pictures help too!
  • Follow the additional instructions on the coversheets of the Minor Site Plan Applications & Instructions or Planning Board Applications & Instructions. (Note -there are no additional instructions for Administrative Applications).
  • Submit a list of abutters. This list can be obtained from the Assessor's Department.
  • Submit prepared abutter envelopes and appropriate certified postage fees. Prepared envelopes include each abutter's name, plus one for the property owner.  The return address should be City of Laconia Planning Department, 45 Beacon St East, Laconia, ?NH 03246.  Please call the Planning Department for information on the latest postage fees.
  • Follow the additional instructions on the coversheet of the Planning Board Applications & Instructions, found HERE.

Submitting the Application:

  • Applications must be submitted in accordance with the Planning Board & Technical Review Committee Schedule, found HERE.
  • Applications are due by NOON of the deadline day.
  • Fees to be paid at the time of submittal: A $200.00 flat fee PLUS one or more per lot/unit/lot line adjustment fees referenced in the "Planning Board Application Fees" available HERE.  Please call the Planning Department and we can help you determine the appropriate fees.
 
 
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