PRESS RELEASE

November 12, 2014

NH Supreme Court Upholds Town of Thorton in Denial of Campground Site Plan

CONCORD, NH — Attorneys R. Matthew Cairns and Robert Dietel of Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell successfully defended the Town of Thornton in both the Grafton County Superior Court and the New Hampshire Supreme Court, CBDA Development LLC v. Town of Thornton. The case involved a site plan application for an alleged campground, which the Town’s Planning Board denied after finding that the proposed structures on the property (“Park Model Homes”) did not satisfy statutory and zoning requirements for temporary camping structures. At trial, and on appeal, the developer alleged that Board members improperly considered facts outside of the application, failed to apply statutory standards for campgrounds, and that a Board Member should have recused himself, among other claims. The Supreme Court held oral argument on these questions and, in an unpublished order, affirmed the Planning Board and the Trial Court’s decisions. The Trial Court’s decision can be found here and the Supreme Court’s decision can be found here.

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Matt Cairns
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Matt Cairns at 603-545-3622

Robert Dietel
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Robert Dietel at 603-545-3613