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March 6, 2014

Support Bed and Breakfast in HD 1


Carriage Towne News

---- — Support Bed and Breakfast in HD 1

An historic New England village without Bed and Breakfast (B&B) establishments is almost unheard of. Yet, that’s exactly the situation we have in our core historic district. In response to this, the Kingston Historic District Commission (HDC) sought and received unanimous support from the Planning Board for a warrant article to add Bed and Breakfast to the Permitted Uses section of the town ordinance for Historic District 1 (HD1). The HDC and the Planning Board ask for your support for this additional permitted use in order to bring increased economic vitality to our community

So, how would this proposed change work, and what would it mean to Kingston? Residential homes in HD1 would be allowed to designate no more than four (4) rooms for Bed and Breakfast use. Meals would be provided for B&B customers only. This is not designed to turn a residential home into a function facility.

Research was done to explore the B&B ordinances of other historic districts in New Hampshire. Our proposal was brought to the Planning Board for review. Edits and revisions were made and again presented to the Planning Board at which time they agreed unanimously to support this warrant article for the town vote.

HD1 is a mixed-use area of our town. Many uses are currently permitted - residential homes, town facilities, schools, businesses and open space areas. Adding a B&B to this would be very much in keeping with past practices when taverns and inns were a common resource to visitors to our town.

The older homes of HD1 are expensive to maintain. The B&B designation would allow for a small income to help defray expenses for the maintenance of these historic buildings.

The invitation to stay and enjoy the resources – open space, lakes, state park, restaurants, businesses, scenic vistas, hiking trails – all would be beneficial to the economy and vitality of our of town.

Some have asked why not extend this to other areas in the town. This is very possible. HDC’s idea is to start small and expand the permitted use to HD2 and/or other areas of the town in the future, building on the success of the initial B&B designation.

There is no cost to the taxpayers for this warrant article.

The HDC and the Planning Board respectfully encourage you to vote ‘Yes’ on Warrant Article #2.

Virginia Morse, Chair

Historic District Commission (HDC)

Richard Wilson, Chair

Kingston Planning Board