Town of Wilton, NH

Zoning Board Minutes

November 12, 1997

Voting Board Chairperson Neil Faiman; members Carol Roberts & Jim Tuttle; alternate members Joanna Eckstrom and Bob Spear.
Clerk Diane Nilsson
Agenda Jayne Persch & John P. Coleman - special exception

Mr. Faiman called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m.

Case # 11/12/97-1 JAYNE PERSCH & JOHN P. COLEMAN

Jayne Persch and John P. Coleman, Lot J-133, 55 Burns Hill Road, in the residential district, applied for a special exception under the terms of section 5.3.1 of the Wilton Zoning Ordinance to permit the teaching of dance and movement therapy as a home occupation.

Mr. Coleman and Ms. Persch explained that since Ms. Persch is working a pretty full schedule teaching dance and movement through the school systems, she no longer teaches as many private students and therefore doesn’t need the downtown studio space any longer. They would like to turn the first floor of their attached 30’ X 40’ carriage barn into a dance studio.

The barn is electrified, insulated and sheetrocked already and it has a bathroom. They will be putting down a floor and adding a heat-loss entryway. They spoke to all their neighbors and none had objections as long as there was no sign. No abutters were present.

Ms. Persch stated that she will have no employees and no sign. She also stated that she usually teaches in small groups of from 3 to 8 students and except for rare occasions, parents do not stay for the classes.

Mr. Coleman stated that they have a circular driveway so no one has to back onto Burns Hill Road. This driveway is 200’ long. They also have a 40’ - 45’ wide driveway which is 110’ long. They have parked 22 cars there and still were able to drive up the driveway.

Ms. Persch stated that she used to teach 6 days a week and now teaches only two to three days a week. She generally teaches between the hours of 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Motion Ms. Eckstrom moved to approve the request for a special exception with thefollowing restrictions: hours of operation 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays; maximum number of students at one time be 12; no signs are allowed; no parking on the street is allowed. The motion was seconded by Mr. Tuttle with all in favor.

Mr. Faiman stated that the applicants will receive a letter of approval within a few days. He further stated that the selectmen, any party to the action or proceedings, or any person affected thereby may apply for a rehearing of this decision. A request for a rehearing must be filed in writing with the Zoning Board of Adjustment on or before Tuesday, December 2, 1997,and must fully specify all grounds on which the rehearing is requested. (N.H. RSA 677:2)


MINUTES - September 10, 1997

Motion Mr. Spear moved to accept the 9/10/97 minutes as written, seconded by Ms. Eckstrom with all in favor.


Diane Nilsson