HB1215 (2018) Detail

Relative to voting on variances.


CHAPTER 168

HB 1215 - FINAL VERSION

 

6Mar2018... 0738h

04/12/2018   1352s

2018 SESSION

18-2035

03/08

 

HOUSE BILL 1215

 

AN ACT relative to voting on variances.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. J. Belanger, Hills. 27; Rep. Gauthier, Sull. 3

 

COMMITTEE: Municipal and County Government

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes requirements for zoning boards of adjustment voting on variances.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

6Mar2018... 0738h

04/12/2018   1352s 18-2035

03/08

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen

 

AN ACT relative to voting on variances.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

168:1  Variance; Procedure.  Amend RSA 674:33, I to read as follows:

I.(a)  The zoning board of adjustment shall have the power to:

[(a)] (1) Hear and decide appeals if it is alleged there is error in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of any zoning ordinance adopted pursuant to RSA 674:16; and

[(b)] (2) Authorize, upon appeal in specific cases, a variance from the terms of the zoning ordinance if:

[(1)] (A) The variance will not be contrary to the public interest;

[(2)] (B)  The spirit of the ordinance is observed;

[(3)] (C)   Substantial justice is done;

[(4)] (D) The values of surrounding properties are not diminished; and

[(5)] (E) Literal enforcement of the provisions of the ordinance would result in an unnecessary hardship.

[(A)] (b)(1) For purposes of [this] subparagraph I(a)(2)(E), "unnecessary hardship'' means that, owing to special conditions of the property that distinguish it from other properties in the area:

[(i)] (A)  No fair and substantial relationship exists between the general public purposes of the ordinance provision and the specific application of that provision to the property; and

[(ii)] (B) The proposed use is a reasonable one.

[(B)] (2) If the criteria in subparagraph [(A)] (1) are not established, an unnecessary hardship will be deemed to exist if, and only if, owing to special conditions of the property that distinguish it from other properties in the area, the property cannot be reasonably used in strict conformance with the ordinance, and a variance is therefore necessary to enable a reasonable use of it.

(3)  The definition of "unnecessary hardship'' set forth in[ subparagraph (5)] subparagraphs (1) and (2) shall apply whether the provision of the ordinance from which a variance is sought is a restriction on use, a dimensional or other limitation on a permitted use, or any other requirement of the ordinance.

(c)  The board shall use one voting method consistently for all applications until it formally votes to change the method.  Any change in the board's voting method shall not take effect until 60 days after the board has voted to adopt such change and shall apply only prospectively, and not to any application that has been filed and remains pending at the time of the change.

168:2  Reference Changed.  Amend the introductory paragraph of RSA 674:33, V to read as follows:

V.  Notwithstanding subparagraph [I(b)] I(a)(2), any zoning board of adjustment may grant a variance from the terms of a zoning ordinance without finding a hardship arising from the condition of a premises subject to the ordinance, when reasonable accommodations are necessary to allow a person or persons with a recognized physical disability to reside in or regularly use the premises, provided that:

168:3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

Approved: June 08, 2018

Effective Date: August 07, 2018

Links

HB1215 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 14, 2018 House Hearing
Feb. 11, 2018 House Exec Session
Feb. 21, 2018 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 6, 2018 House Floor Vote
April 4, 2018 Senate Hearing
April 12, 2018 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1215 Revision: 4095 Date: June 11, 2018, 11 a.m.
HB1215 Revision: 3578 Date: April 26, 2018, 10:09 a.m.
HB1215 Revision: 3433 Date: April 12, 2018, 10:38 a.m.
HB1215 Revision: 3158 Date: March 8, 2018, 10:19 a.m.
HB1215 Revision: 1944 Date: Nov. 7, 2017, 1:53 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2018 Introduced 01/03/2018 and referred to Municipal and County Government HJ 1 P. 3
Feb. 14, 2018 Public Hearing: 02/14/2018 01:00 PM LOB 301
Feb. 11, 2018 Executive Session: 02/11/2018 01:00 PM LOB 301
Feb. 21, 2018 Executive Session: 02/21/2018 01:00 PM LOB 301
March 6, 2018 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-0738h for 03/06/2018 (Vote 17-0; CC) HC 9 P. 28
Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-0738h (Vote 17-0; CC)
March 6, 2018 Amendment # 2018-0738h: AA VV 03/06/2018 HJ 6 P. 49
March 6, 2018 Ought to Pass with Amendment 0738h: MA VV 03/06/2018 HJ 6 P. 49
March 8, 2018 Introduced 03/08/2018 and Referred to Public and Municipal Affairs; SJ 7
April 4, 2018 Hearing: 04/04/2018, Room 102, LOB, 09:00 am; SC 14
April 12, 2018 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-1352s, 04/12/2018; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 16
April 12, 2018 Committee Amendment # 2018-1352s, AA, VV; 04/12/2018; SJ 12
April 12, 2018 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2018-1352s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 04/12/2018; SJ 12
April 26, 2018 House Concurs with Senate Amendment 1352s (Rep. J. Belanger): MA VV 04/26/2018 HJ 14 P. 2
May 3, 2018 Enrolled (In recess 05/03/2018); SJ 17
May 3, 2018 Enrolled 05/03/2018
June 8, 2018 Signed by Governor Sununu 06/08/2018; Chapter 168; Eff. 8/7/2018