UNH Asks State to Temporarily
Suspend Wetlands Permit for Recreational Area Project at Mendum's
Contact: Lori Gula
UNH Media Relations
October 9, 2003
DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire has asked the N.H.
Department of Environmental Services to temporarily suspend consideration
of its application for a wetlands permit in conjunction with proposed
enhancements at its recreational facility on Mendum's Pond.
“The Barrington Board of Selectmen has requested that the
university submit the project to the Barrington Planning Board for
consideration and comment. We understand the importance of being
a good neighbor and look forward to working with the planning board,”
said Paul Chamberlin, executive director of UNH Facilities Planning
Under RSA 674:54 Governmental Land Uses, the university is not obligated
to notify the municipality of any proposed use of property within
its jurisdiction unless the change is a substantial change in use
or a substantial new use. While UNH does not consider the proposed
work at its recreational facility a substantial change, the community
has expressed a desire to provide input on UNH's planning.
“This is consistent with the spirit of the RSA, and we are
happy to agree. Since the community's input may result in changes
to the work that is the basis for our current wetlands permit application,
suspending consideration of our permit is prudent,” Chamberlin
The use of the UNH Recreational Area at Mendum's Pond has doubled
since 2000. UNH believes it has an obligation, as stewards of the
property, to respond to the increased use and is concerned that,
if not addressed, the increased use will have undesired impact on
the natural environment.
In reviewing its current plans, UNH will test them against the objective
of balancing access and conservation: access to allow the natural
beauty and scenery to be shared with the UNH community and residents
of Barrington, and conservation to assure that the natural resources
are allowed to flourish.
Editors: Paul Chamberlin, executive director of Facilities
Planning and Design, is available to answer questions at 603-862-4452.