The Planning Board on March 6 dealt with questions new to them: Can an exception to a Conditional Use Permit be allowed, and, if so, who has the authority to grant it? Or does anyone have this authority?

The question will be put to town counsel. It was brought to the Planning Board by Chuck and Beth Goss who have a CUP which allows them to host weddings and other events at the Powder Major’s Farm on Cherry Lane. However, the Gosses explained, the first potential booking has the potential to attract more than 150 guests – the limit set by the Planning Board when it granted the CUP.

The board’s consultant, Liz Durfee, reported that the board “doesn’t have the right to waive the site plan.” This elicited from Chuck Goss the question: “Does the Planning Board have authority to re-open the CUP?”

Board comments reflected a willingness to consider accommodating an exception to the rules, particularly since this first wedding to take place at the Powder Major’s would involve a Madbury resident. However, the agribusiness allowance is new to state law, hence there are few precedents to fall back on.

Hence the run to town counsel.

At Town Hall

The Board of Selectmen met on March 4 with resident Dan Clapp of Revision Energy. Clapp outlined the potential for the town if it were to go solar. He reported that the town and the residents could save money. The selectmen listened, and Clapp agreed to keep in touch.

Madbury Day forecast

Planning for Madbury Day (June 2) was a focal point of the Conservation Commission’s March 7 meeting.

The group will be exhibiting samples of invasive plants found in New Hampshire, with member John Crooks, who is a landscaper, providing actual plants which will be available in early June.

There was also agreement to purchase a ten-gallon aluminum can and 200 disposable bags which will be left at the trail head for the disposal of dog waste.

Home-grown businesses

The Madbury Library will open a series of talks about Madbury’s home-based businesses on March 27, with Michael Card describing his cut-flower business.

Card will be joined by Madbury resident and Card Farm collaborator Kaitlyn Bassett of Bloom Weddings and Events.

Card won a nationally competitive scholarship for a class with cut-flower guru Erin Benzaquin, author of “Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Gardens.”

All are welcome, at the Town Hall, beginning at 7 p.m.