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Minutes of December 1, 2009 (Approved as amended 1/5/10)

Chairman G. Donaldson called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.

Board Members Present: D. Bamman, G. Donaldson, J. Gallagher, M. Garrett, J. Holt, M. Jordan, C. Tadema-Wielandt

CEO: D. Ford

Members of the Public in attendance. B. Jones, K. DeFusco, S. Marckoon, K. Smith

Minutes of November 10, 2009. The minutes were accepted as presented.

CEO Reports: The reports were accepted and placed on file.


There was no Old Business.


  1. Fire Station/School lot delineation, Map 15, Lot 27. S. Marckoon, representing the Board of Selectmen, presented a request to divide this Town owned land on which the Lamoine School and Fire Station are situated into two lots. The Board found that the map accompanying the request is incomplete and requires the Town of Lamoine to present map(s) to the Board including the following:
    1. A map of the entire lot should be submitted as part of the record.
    2. The map should show setbacks of structures on the lot
    3. The word “conveyed” should be changed to “retained”

Board action to act affirmatively on this request is stymied by the fact the proposal creates at least one non-conforming lot (the Fire Department ‘lot' is only .6 of an acre) and possibly a second (setback of the school does not conform to Ordinance standards). On a motion by M. Garrett, seconded by J. Gallagher, the Board voted 4 in favor, none opposed, to deny the request. C. Tadema-Wielandt abstained.

M. Garrett was instructed to write formal “findings” for use by the Appeals Board should an appeal be initiated.

  1. Request of Frenchman Bay Riders to enlarge parking in Shoreland Zone – Map 1, Lot 77-1)

    K. Smith presented a proposal to expand the parking area of the Frenchman Bay Rider's clubhouse from about 2,500 square feet to about 4,800. K. Smith, a licensed engineer in Massachusetts but not Maine, established the 100 foot setback from Blunts Pond. M. Garrett moved and C. Tadema-Wielandt seconded a motion to grant the request with the proviso that the CEO verify K. Smith's 100 foot setback measurements. The Board granted a ‘waiver' of the ordinance requirement for a licensed surveyor to attest to the 100 foot setback from the pond. The vote was unanimous.

  2. Inquiry re: process to amend subdivision lot sizes (JWJLLC – Map 4, Lot 6).

B. Jones, a partner of JWJLLC, inquired about the process for amending the previously permitted Walker Farms Subdivision for the purpose of enlarging Lot #10. On motion of M. Garrett, seconded by J. Gallagher, the Board voted unanimously on the following motion. Moved: “The developer should resubmit the original development plan (3 copies only) and a new map adding whatever amendments are necessary to reflect the changes sought.”


  1. Hancock County Planning Commission – to join or not to join? C. Tadema-Wielandt offered to collect information that might be helpful to the Board's decision. Among that information is a list of the Commission's current membership and the cost to Lamoine of membership. The Board will discuss this issue further in January.
  2. Revised application - Junkyard/Automobile Graveyard Permit. Requested by the Selectmen, a revised Junkyard/Automobile Graveyard application was drawn. The application requires no action by the Board.


  1. The Board considered a proposed Home Occupations revisions to the BLUO. Following some discussion, the matter will be further considered in January. The Board also scheduled an “informational hearing” on BOTH Groundwater and Home Occupation additions to the BLUO. The hearing is set for 6:30 pm on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at the Lamoine School.
  2. D. Bamman spoke of the film: “For Love of Water”, recommending that Board members might wish to view it. It is available on a DVD.
  3. The Town has received the 2007 edition of maps depicting the location and features of Lamoine's sand and gravel aquifer. The maps were provided by the Maine Department of Conservation – Maine Geological Survey. The maps are available to all at the Town Hall
  4. In a memo to the Planning Board dated October 23, 2009, the Budget Committee observed the present Lamoine fee structure does not adequately cover costs to the Town of processing permits and CEO inspections. The CEO is required to charge a fee based upon the square footage of a building's footprint. The CEO is concerned that the fee standard for a one story ranch is the same as that for a two (or three) story colonial. He would like the Board to recommend charging for the square footage of the ‘ living area' rather than the footprint.
  5. D. Bamman noted the Site Plan Review Ordinance apparently grants authority to the Planning Board to request the services of an engineering study by an engineer of the Board's choice. Further, the applicant can be required to pay for the study. (See: H2c [pg 266] of the Site Plan Review Ordinance.

The meeting adjourned at 8:50 pm. Respectfully submitted, Michael F. Garrett, Secretary


Tuesday, January 5, 2010. Monthly meeting. 7:00 pm. Town Hall

Tuesday, January 19, 2010. An “Informational Meeting” on proposed BLUO ordinance additions of

Groundwater and Home Occupations. 6:30 pm. Lamoine Town Hall.