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Hanover OKs Airbnb rentals, reseats Selectboard incumbents in ballot voting

  • Prabhjot Kaur, left, fills out her ballot at the Town of Hanover polls with her daughter Simran Kaur, middle, and son Angad Singh, right, in the Dewey Field parking lot on the Dartmouth College campus in Hanover, N.H., Tuesday, July 7, 2020. The family dog Zoya joined them at the outdoor voting area preceding the drive-up Town Meeting. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 7/8/2020 9:42:51 PM
Modified: 7/8/2020 9:43:33 PM

HANOVER — Residents lifted Hanover’s 33-year ban on short-term rentals and reelected two members of the Selectboard during ballot voting Tuesday.

Polls results were delayed after pine pitch on a ballot caused problems with a voting machine, requiring repairs.

Town Meeting voters approved a zoning amendment that allows property owners to rent out their homes and apartments on a short-term basis, passing the measure in an 802-253 vote.

The amendment, which has the support of the Hanover Planning Board, permits up to monthlong stays, including through websites like Airbnb.

The new rules will require the Selectboard to also adopt an inspection ordinance before taking effect.

Residents also chose two incumbent members of the Hanover Selectboard to continue serving another three years.

Bill Geraghty, first elected in 2011, received 702 votes and Peter Christie, who joined the board in 2002, garnered 681.

They held off a challenge from local activists Kristina Wolff, who had 316 votes and Dalia Rodriguez Caspeta, who received 271 votes, in a four-way race for two open seats.

Wolff and Rodriguez both advocated for a Fair and Impartial Policing Ordinance that would prevent police from sharing certain immigration information with federal authorities.

They also led calls during Tuesday’s Town Meeting to redirect police funds to better support social services.

Hanover residents also approved several zoning articles easing restrictions on yard signs.

They voted, 907-169, to amend the town’s zoning ordinance so that homeowners can place up to two temporary signs on their property for a year. Those signs cannot exceed 4 square feet and must be placed at least 10 feet from the roadway.

Another article clarifying that political signs are allowed in town passed in a 998-55 vote.

The changes follow an incident on Greensboro Road, where residents last year erected signs saying “Protect Our Residential Neighborhood” as part of a fight against a 21,250-square-foot church building proposed for their neighborhood.

Town officials accused the neighbors of violating Hanover’s existing zoning ordinance and threatened $275 fines for those unwilling to take down the signs. The dispute ultimately went before the Hanover Selectboard, which approved a neighborhood request to allow the signs until that September.

Voters did defeat one article that requested a duplex on Lyme Road be placed in Hanover’s residential and office zoning district.

The measure, which was not approved by the Planning Board, was defeated 712-307.

The ballot results were released a day later than expected after pine pitch on a ballot jammed a machine and required the manufacturer’s help to retrieve the results. Voting took place at the same site as the town’s social distancing-friendly open-air floor meeting, Dartmouth’s Dewey Field parking lot, which has pine trees in the surrounding area.

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