In 2015, Chichester Commons proposed to build a 24-unit elderly housing facility on approximately two acres and requested a waiver of the density requirement, which the planning board approved. After proposing a different project in 2018, in 2020, Chester Commons again proposed a 24-unit elderly housing facility and requested another density waiver request, which the planning board denied. The Housing … Read the rest
For years, NH property owners have had to defend their properties against overreaching local governments. There is a law in place in New Hampshire from 2006 that states no land can be taken from a property owner to be given for the purpose of private use or development. However, even that law was not enough to prevent a ruling to … Read the rest
The New Hampshire Supreme Court has upheld a denial of tax abatement for a commercial property in Dover.
I) Background on Tax Abatement in New Hampshire
Municipal ad-valorem property taxes are based on the fair market value of the subject property. If a city values the property for more than it is actually worth, the property owner ends up … Read the rest
The New Hampshire Supreme Court found a city liable for trespass by not removing a sewer line after the landowner revoked their license.
When neighboring landowners are friendly with one another, they are likely to informally grant licenses to each other to use or access their properties for a variety of reasons. For example, informally allowing a … Read the rest
Is a deed’s language granting a “temporary” well easement enough to ensure that the easement is actually temporary? The New Hampshire Supreme Court determined it did not in its opinion in Arell v. Palmer, 2020 WL 6372951 (N.H. October 30, 2020).
Arell involved a dispute between owners of two neighboring residential properties. When the defendants bought their property, their … Read the rest
NH Supreme Court Holds Municipal Technical Review Group is not a Public Body Subject to Right-to-Know Law
New Hampshire’s Right-to-Know law, RSA Chapter 91-A, is a powerful tool in requiring transparency in governmental decision-making. The law requires the government to conduct public business in meetings that are open to the public. This encourages accountability and transparent decision-making.
The Right-to-Know … Read the rest
The General Court is considering two bills of note dealing with roads this year. One bill would affect the non-maintenance period for highways to summer cottages. The other is a renewed effort to impose maintenance obligations on owners of residential property on private roads.