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What is Grandfathered?

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Here is an excerpt from my article on "Grandfathered" assets in the Lakes Region

Establishing if something is "Grandfathered" on the water.

Grandfathered assets on Lake Winnipesaukee

Since this comes up a lot in waterfront purchases, let's use a real world example. Boathouses are the crown jewel up here in the lakes region. (Here are some Boathouses on Lake Winnipesaukee!) If you are purchasing a property with a boathouse, you must be satisfied about one of two criteria.

First, if the structure can be proven to exist without alteration, prior to July 2, 1969, then it is most likely "grandfathered"**. Second, if the construction happened after July 2, 1969 and permits can be produced to show the structure in its current location, size and configuration, then it's also most likely "grandfathered".**

Grandfathered structures can be maintained, but in most cases have to be kept in the same place without altering the structure's size or configuration**.  Be careful of boathouses that may have grown over time or suddenly have finished space that was not permitted.

Read the whole article here.

2011-12 Projected Ski Area openings

We are a four season resort, this dates were provided by SkiNH.

 

2011-12 PROJECTED OPENING DATES

Remember these dates are projected opening dates; we do need Mother Nature's cooperation, so please check with the ski area directly before traveling.

CHECK SNOW CONDITIONS HERE!

Abenaki Ski Area - December 26 Attitash Mountain Resort - Re-opening December 10

Black Mountain - December 16

Bretton Woods - OPEN!  4-6" of new snow Wed night!

Cannon Mountain- Re-opening December 9.  6" of new snow Wed night!

Cranmore Mountain- Mountain Adventure Park open this weekend; re-opening for skiing December 10!

Crotched Mountain - as soon as possible!

Dartmouth Skiway- December 16

Granite Gorge- December 14

Gunstock Mountain Resort- Zip Tour open this weekend; opening for skiing December 16!

King Pine - December 16 (noon-7pm, $12 tickets)

Loon Mountain- OPEN!  4" of new snow Wed night!

McIntyre Ski Area - December 16

Mount Sunapee- December 11

Pats Peak - opening for skiing as soon as possible!

Ragged Mountain- opening for skiing as soon as possible!

Waterville Valley- Re-opening December 9

Wildcat Mountain- December 16

Home Sales Winter vs Summer

Should I list my Lakes Region, NH home for sale over the winter or should I wait till summer? This is the million dollar question. Well, you can certainly argue the properties around here look a lot better in the spring and summer, but what do the numbers say. You have to go with my logic here. If we look at properties that sell from April 1st to June 30th, we can assume that most of them were on the market and went under contract during the winter. We can use the same logic for summer, August 1st to September 30th. So, here are the number of closed residential sales in both Carroll and Belknap Counties.

Date Range 2008 2009 2010 2011
April 1st to June 30th 332 326 414 337
September 1st to October 30th 236 258 262 288

I  have to admit, even I am surprise, I was thinking the winter numbers were going to be smaller but close. I guess people do look for Lakes Region Real Estate over the winter, to be in for summer!

Sold waterfront home on Sewall Road

 

Wolfeboro Parks and Rec 2011 Summer/Fall Brochure

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2011Spring-SummerBrochure Black-White--FINAL 4-1-11.pdf

The Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation Department provides year-round recreation opportunities for residents and visitors of all ages.  As the nation's oldest summer resort community, Wolfeboro prides itself on providing parks, beaches, recreational programs and facilities to suit just about any taste.

Summer 2011 Information from Wolfeboro Parks and Rec

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Well, since Ice is officially out, we can look towards summer. Here is a link to the Summer fall brochure, as well as the latest from Eathen Hipple and the Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation Department.

Click on the picture for the brochure:

As our fields dry out and the daffodils push their way through the soggy soil, we're looking forward to some great spring and summer programs and events.

Coming up on Saturday, May 21 is the 37th Annual Great Smith River Canoe Race. An annual favorite, this canoe and kayak race starts at Albee Beach and heads out through Lake Wentworth, Crescent Lake, the Smith River, Back Bay and eventually into Lake Winnipesaukee. For more information, contact race organizer Roger Murray at 569-5454 or download a registration form from the Parks and Recreation website.

Our friends at The Nick are sponsoring the first annual Chunky Dunk Sprint Duathlon on Saturday, July 30th, 2011. Starting and ending at beautiful Albee Beach, the race will involve a 1/2 mile swim and a 5K run along the Cotton Valley Trail/Bridge Falls Path. A BBQ and awards ceremony will take place at The Nick afterwards. You can register online or download a registration form from the Parks and Rec website.

Registration for Spring and Summer Parks and Recreation programs is going strong and we highly encourage folks to sign up soon to get a spot in programs that are filling fast. Day Camp, Sailing, Tennis and Swim Lessons in particular will all likely fill to capacity. In some cases, programs filled the day that registration opened, and others have growing waiting lists.

You have 2 options for registration:

  1. Online: quick, easy, 24 hour access. This is the fastest and most convenient way to guarantee a spot in a class or program. There is a small fee charged by our software provider for this service. Click here to register for programs, races, events and more.
  2. Paper Registration: You can pick up brochures and registration forms at the Tuftonboro and Wolfeboro Libraries and Town Halls, the Chamber of Commerce, and at many schools and businesses in the area. You can also download all paper registration materials from our website.

We still have openings in our popular Hershey Track Program that starts on May 10. Participants challenge their potential while they explore track and field sports such as running, jumping and throwing. There are 2 local meets, as well as State Finals--and last year we had 2 local kids go on to compete at the North American Finals in Hershey, PA. Finalists enjoy and all expense paid trip to PA, courtesy of Hershey! Register now to get involved in this great program!

This spring and summer are shaping up to be quite busy with lots of projects to improve our parks and facilities. We just selected a firm to reconstruct our Foss Field Tennis and Basketball Courts, which will be complete by June 17th. We are in the midst of cleaning up Foss Field by demolishing the deteriorated Foss Hut, and installing new fencing and benches. We'll have new flooring in the Community Center, turf improvements at Cate Park and a new irrigation system in the Foss Soccer Fields. We are working with our engineers to complete the specifications for our Fire Protection System at Pop Whalen, and are moving forward with Friends of Abenaki towards groundbreaking for our new Snowmaking System at Abenaki Ski Area. And lastly, we're in the planning phases for constructing a new Town Cemetery on Middleton Road, are improving parking lots at Clark Park and Pop Whalen Arena and have some new docks to install at Brewster Beach. Folks who are interested in keeping up with our current Capital Improvement projects can always check our Projects page of the Parks and Recreation website.

Enjoy the spring flowers! Ethan

Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation PO Box 629 Wolfeboro, NH, US 03894

Wolfeboro Parks and Rec 2011 Summer/Fall Brochure

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The Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation Department provides year-round recreation opportunities for residents and visitors of all ages.  As the nation's oldest summer resort community, Wolfeboro prides itself on providing parks, beaches, recreational programs and facilities to suit just about any taste.

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NH Shoreland Protection Law - Summary of Changes

Local and well respected builder, Joe Skiffington, just provided this helpful summary of what was passed in the Senate.

March 20, 2011 UPDATE New Hampshire Senate Bill 154, passed by the Full Senate on March 16, 2011 and is now off to the NH House.

The following items are addressed by the reform:

  1. The Act will rename CSPA as the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act.  By including "water quality" in the title, the Act will emphasize the purpose of regulating shore-land development to protect the quality of New Hampshire's lakes, ponds, rivers and streams.
  2. The standards applicable to the redevelopment of existing, nonconforming structures is rewritten to allow greater flexibility for landowners.  Under the reform language, existing structures can be repaired, replaced in kind, and reconstructed in place.  The alteration and expansion of nonconforming structures is also permitted, provided the structure is changed in a manner that makes it more nearly conforming to the standards of the Act.
  3. The existing tiered requirement to preserve up to 50% of buildable areas as unaltered would be replaced.  Instead, the Bill establishes a uniform 25% requirement for all shorefront properties regardless of lot size.
  4. The tree scoring system applicable within the waterfront buffer (the area within 50' of the water) would be revised to increase credit for larger, more mature trees and to encourage the planting of shrubs and groundcover.
  5. Limitations on the percentage of impervious coverage is relaxed, provided storm-water management systems are designed (and implemented) to encourage storm-water infiltration and to control runoff and erosion.
  6. The review periods afforded to the Department are shortened for faster decision making.
  7. The Department will establish a permit by notification (PBN) process for approving smaller projects that propose minimal upland impacts or the restoration of previously disturbed areas.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more updates as this all unfolds! Joe Skiffington

Renaming the Shoreland Protection Laws?

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The NH Shorefront Association is really staying on top of the current legislation in Concord. The proposed bill will hopefully change the Comprehensive Shoreland Protection act for the better, including the Name! The proposed name is "Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act." I really like the name change as it focuses us on what is most important, the water quality of our invaluable lakes.

Here is their latest update.

There are developments regarding two of the shorefront related bills:    Senator Bradley's bill, SB154, which makes a number of reforms to the Shoreland Protection Act, was amended and approved by the Senate Energy & Environment Committee in a unanimous vote of Ought To Pass (OTP).  Among many other changes, this bill clarifies and simplifies the standards and permitting requirements.

The NHSA Board and membership worked closely with Sen. Bradley and a number of others to edit this amended bill to simplify, clarify, and hopefully gain efficiency in the regulations to protect private property rights balanced with protections for water quality.  This bill also changes the name to the "Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act".  The full text of the amendment is not yet available on-line, however, we will issue an update soon as this bill will now move to Finance and the House.  More as this develops...

SB142 - which makes changes to the NH DES permit process to allow an "integrated permit process" for those projects which require multiple permits, was voted "re-refer" the bill for further study.  Click here for bill language.  The NHSA Board supports this concept, but believes that more work is necessary to better define the process and procedure.  This concept will be debated in the fall.

NH Shoreland Protection News - Happening Fast

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Dear NHSA Members,

Things are happening quickly at the NH Legislature and there are a number of shorefront related bills this week.

Of primary importance is Senator Bradley's bill, SB154, which makes a number of reforms to the Shoreland Protection Act.  While this legislation may require a few more edits, the Board has worked closely with Sen. Bradley to create a number of both minor and significant changes to the CSPA.

This bill clarifies and simplifies the standards and permitting requirements.  You can read the full text here.  The hearing for this bill is scheduled for Thursday 2/17/11 at 9:45am in the Legislative Office Building (LOB) room 102 before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.  Everyone is welcome at the hearing.

If you have any comments, but cannot attend the hearing, you can link to the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee here.  Senator Bob Odell is chairman.

While we believe that SB154 is the best compromise legislation to provide clarity and streamline the shoreland process, there are a couple other bills relating to the CSPA on Thursday:

SB124 - relative to the comprehensive shoreland protection act.  Click here for bill language.  Hearing 2/17/11 9:30am LOB room 102 - Senate E&NR Committee.

HB-470 - repealing the comprehensive shoreland protection act.  Click here for bill language.  Hearing 2/17/11 10:00am LOB room 305 - House RR&D Committee.

Thank you to the many Shorefront Association Members who have renewed their memberships and asked a friend to join.  Please remember we are asking everyone to solicit a friend or neighbor to join our growing membership.  Our on-going lobbying and monitoring efforts depend on members like you. Please get your friends and neighbors involved!

Click here to print a membership form.

Thank You,

Board of Directors

NH Shorefront Association

www.nhshorefront.org

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