Goshen Recreation District 2014

Goshen, N.H., in 2014, adopted a new Recreation District that identifies specific parcels that “shall be added” to the district if the Department of Resource and Economic Development (DRED) approves the West Bowl expansion on Mount Sunapee. Okemo/Mount Sunapee Resort, the managers of the ski area at Mount Sunapee State Park, proposed in its 2014 Master Development Plan a major expansion that would be on both public and private land in Goshen.

The Recreation District zoning language says:
If the DRED approves the MDP West Bowl Expansion in Goshen, the following parcels (now owned by Sunapee Land Holdings, LLC, and controlled by Okemo/MSR) and “shown on the Master Development Plan submitted to DRED, shall automatically be added to the Recreation District: Tax Map 411, Parcels 010, 013, 015, 024, 025, and the remainder of Tax Map 412 Parcel 032.”

Background Information:

Goshen Planning Board Meeting (w/ Jay Gamble) 10-28-2008


Summary of the Recreation District – A.4 (adopted March 2014)

“There shall be a Recreation District to accommodate the needs of year-round recreational and other uses within the leasehold area of Mount Sunapee Resort. More specifically, the purpose of this district is to: (a) provide for the base and on-mountain facilities necessary to operate the ski mountain; (b) encourage the use of the facilities and site for year-round recreational and cultural uses and activities; and (c) allow for commercial and other uses.”

Recreation District: “There shall be a Recreation District to accommodate the needs of year-round recreational and other uses within the leasehold area of Mt. Sunapee Resort and adjoining lands.” (A.4)

District Boundaries: The Recreation District is composed of both public and private land. The district boundaries “are defined as the area where the Mt. Sunapee Resort leased from the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Development (DRED) as referenced in the lease signed on April 30, 1998 and effective on July 1, 1998, and including all of the land shown on the Town of Goshen Tax Map 411 as Parcels 010, 013, 015, 024, 025, and 011 and on Tax Map 412, Parcel 32.” (A.4.a)

Permitted Uses:

A.4.b.1 Chair and surface lifts, and gondolas;
A.4.b.2 Alpine and cross country ski trails, hiking, biking and snowshoe trails;
A.4.b.3 Base lodge facilities to accommodate lift ticket sales, ski and bicycle repair, rentals, sales and accessories; ski and bicycle lockers/employee locker room; ski school and ski patrol facilities; restaurant/lodge/banquet facilities/snack bar sales; meeting facilities; offices and facilities ancillary to the Mt. Sunapee Resort including recreational, real estate sales and rental offices, cultural and educational programs; and parking lots;
A.4.b.4 Ski racing facilities;
A.4.b.5 Snowmaking facilities;
A.4.b.6 Outdoor ski and bicycle storage facilities;
A.4.b.7 Inline skating and skateboard park;
A.4.b.8 Recreational uses and facilities including, but not limited to, parks, playgrounds, play fields, tennis and volleyball courts, swimming pools, and ice rinks;
A.4.b.9 Special community events;
A.4.b.10 Day care centers/nurseries for recreational activities, day camps and child care services;
A.4.b.11 Temporary structures/tents to accommodate cultural, recreational, educational or commercial uses;
A.4.b.12 Accessory buildings for maintenance equipment, water treatment and storage, and other storage needs accessory to the principal recreational uses;
A.4.b.13 Public utility and public service structures and service; wastewater treatment facilities and potable water wells
A.4.b.14 Toboggan, luge, and bobsled runs; alpine slides;
A.4.b.15 Equestrian facilities;
A.4.b.16 Water slides and water parks;
A.4.b.17 Miniature golf and golf driving range;
A.4.b.18 Other structures or uses ancillary to the operation of the principal recreational uses.

Uses Not Permitted: Golf course and associated facilities; Motorized Dirt Bike and/or Motor Cross tracks. (A.4.c.1 and A.4.c.2)

Steep Slopes and Clear Cutting Exceptions for Trails: The Planning Board may grant permission to clear cut areas for trail work, and may grant permission for the installation of lifts and snow-making equipment on steep slopes if: slopes can be stabilized; old growth forests will not be damaged; and an erosion and sedimentation control plan is prepared. (A.4.d)

Scenic Ridgeline and Hillside Overlay Provision: “Chairlifts, Towers, and equipment required for their operation are exempt from Section IIIM Scenic Ridgeline and Hillside Overlay Provision of the Goshen ordinance.” (A.4.e)

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