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October 4, 2005

Public Hearing: Subdivision Proposal. S. &. P. Leonard-Johnson. Map 1, Lot 6-A.

Chairman S. Branch called the Public Hearing to order at 6:30pm .

Board Members Present: S. Branch, M. Garrett, M. Havey, L. Landon, C. Ohmart

CEO: D. Ford

Members of the Public in Attendance: C. Barstow, R. Barstow, K. Defusco, G. Ford, P. Leonard-Johnson,

S. Leonard-Johnson, J. McCormack, W. Meyer, J. Pohlman, J. Sala, K. Whittaker

Discussion centered mainly on the subdivision road. Three years earlier the Board granted the Leonard-Johnson's permission to construct a road, essentially splitting the property, in order to satisfy an Ordinance requirement of two hundred feet of road frontage required for building lots. Frontage on the paved road falls short of this distance. Since a subdivision request was not made at the time (nor did the board understand it to be a subdivision) and since subdivision road standards were not definitively “fixed”, the road does not meet the standards required by revisions to the ordinance adopted April 25, 2005 . The question raised is: “Must the road meet the new standards before building can commence?”

M. Garrett moved to close the hearing at 7:05pm . C. Ohmart seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous.

Following the hearing, M. Havey excused herself from the remainder of the agenda and took leave of the meeting.

S. Branch called the regularly monthly meeting to order at 7:08pm .

Board Members present: S. Branch, M. Garrett, L. Landon, C. Ohmart

CEO: D. Ford

Members of the Public in Attendance: Same as above.

Minutes: Minutes of the September 6, 2005 Planning Board meeting were accepted as presented by Acting Secretary L. Landon.

Code Enforcement Officer's Reports: The reports were accepted and placed on file.

Conservation Commission: On behalf of the Conservation Commission, M. Garrett noted the Commission meeting on October 10 th will host a spokesperson from the Bangor Hydro Electric Company seeking to explain that portion of a transmission line between Hancock and Rt #3 which will likely intersect the Town of Lamoine .


•  Subdivision Proposal, S. & P. Leonard-Johnson, Map 1, Lot 6-A. The Board continued the discussion initiated during the public hearing. The Board concludes that because the request for subdivision was made after the ordinance revisions adopted on April 25, 2005, the applicant must meet the road standards specified in Section 12, F. 2. g. of the Building and Land Use Ordinance. M. Garrett moved and L. Landon seconded a motion to approve the subdivision with a condition that the road meets ordinance standards prior to the issuance of any building permits. The motion passed unanimously.

•  Shoreland Zoning Application, D. Ford, Map 8, Lot 19-2. The sole completeness item which failed to pass with a 4 – 0 vote (as all other completeness criteria did) was payment of the fee. Given the nature of the project, the building permit portion of the fee is subject to interpretation. After discussion, the Board agreed and D. Ford concurred that the fee should consist of $100.00 for the Shoreland permit fee and $15.40 for the building permit fee for construction of a small shed. M. Garrett moved and C. Ohmart seconded a motion to find the permit complete upon payment of a $115.40 fee. The motion passed 4 -0.

The Board then voted to set a public hearing on D. Ford's Commercial application. That hearing will be at 6:30pm on Monday, November 7th , preceding the Board's monthly meeting.


Request from J. McCormack (CES) re: opinion from the Board regarding subdivision of Map 3, Lot 27

S. Branch made clear at the outset that without a formal pre application, the Board could offer no binding information of any kind. That said, the Board heard J. McCormack's request. The single, overriding issue upon which continuance of the project depends is a ruling from the Maine Department of Transportation on siting a subdivision road entry onto Rt. 184. The Board will await written word from the DOT before fur the r consideration.


•  Planning Board budget for 2005-06. The Board proposes the following:

Supplies $100.00

Postage $400.00 (Note proposed postal increase due Jan. 1, 2006 )

Maps/Mylars $100.00

Advertising $300.00

Planning Resources $100.00

Appeals Board $200.00

TOTAL $1,200.00

•  L. Landon has volunteered to oversee and maintain a so-called “growth map” – a map to be posted in the Town Hall depicting the status (pending, approved, etc.) of subdivisions or other large scale proposals presented to the Board.

•  L. Landon indicated to the Board the Long Range Planning Committee supports the Planning Board 's letter (drafted by G. Donaldson) seeking community thought regarding what should be included (or excluded) from the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance currently being reviewed by the Planning Board . A final draft and method(s) of distribution will be discussed at a workshop scheduled for October 25th .

The meeting adjourned at 8:48pm .

Respectfully submitted,

Michael F. Garrett, Secretary


Tuesday, October 25, 2005 Workshop, Shoreland Zoning Ordinance 6:30pm Town Hall

Monday, November 7, 2005 Public Hearing. Commercial Application (D. Ford) 6:30pm Town Hall

Monday, November 7, 2005 November Planning Board meeting. 7:00pm Town Hall.

Tuesday, November 8, 2005 Election Day. (Distribution of SZO letter?)

Tuesday, December 6, 2005 December Planning Board Meeting. 7:00pm. Town Hall.