Harborside Associates, L.P. v. City of PortsmouthAnnotate this Case
Intervener Parade Residence Hotel, LLC appealed a superior court order that vacated and remanded a decision of the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) of the City of Portsmouth that upheld the City Planning Board's approval of Parade's application to amend its previously approved site plan. Parade's property abuts Plaintiff Harborside Associates, LP's property. In 2008, the Board approved Parade's application to construct a five-story building that included a hotel, restaurant and retail space. Parade began construction in 2009. The City adopted a new zoning ordinance later that year to become effective in 2010. The terms of the new ordinance changed those that were in effect when Parade was granted its site plan. When Parade applied for an amendment to its site plan, Harborside objected. Following a hearing, the Board approved the application without requiring Parade to comply with the new ordinance. Harborside appealed to the ZBA, who subsequently denied Harborside's objection. Harborside appealed, and the superior court vacated the ZBA's decision, finding that Parade presented a "major change" in its site plan requiring compliance with the changed ordinance. Upon review, the Supreme Court concluded the superior court did not err in arriving at its decision, and affirmed.