Planning board facing first test in Boothbay’s new ordinances

Fri, 11/20/2020 - 5:00pm

    Boothbay has a newly approved rewrite and replacement of its municipal ordinances due to an overwhelming 1,452-496 vote on Election Day. What the town does not have are new application forms matching the recent changes. Kimberly Gordon sought planning board advice Nov. 18 on submitting an application for her new business of selling wellness products and having a coffee bar at 473 Wiscasset Road. Gordon’s proposal is likely to be among the town’s first under the the new ordinances.

    She is ready to provide the information but the town only has the now out-of-date applications. Code Enforcement Officer Jason Lorrain and planning board chairman Sam Morris advised her to fill out the old form to meet the Nov. 23 deadline for December’s meeting. 

    In other action, the board conditionally approved a Pennsylvania couple’s request to renovate a non-conforming home at 212 Back River Road. Frank and Donna Hetrick want to raise the structure, replace deteriorating wooden components and relocate two bedrooms to the upstairs. The board spent considerable time trying to determine when a porch was added. Initial research shows it was built between 1984 and 1991. The date is important in meeting 1989 municipal codes with 30% expansion rules for volume and square footage requirements for non-conforming structures. The applicant is required to research municipal tax cards to discover when the porch was built. The other conditions include providing an erosion soil control plan and height of the structure’s four corners. 

    The board tabled William and Paula Arsenault’s application to renovate a Cobb Road cottage. The board requested math be corrected prior to an approval. Daniel Halinan received unanimous approval to join an adjacent lot to his Shackleton’s Way property. Halinan plans on building a home on the subdivision plot. He recently bought a .37-acre adjacent lot outside the subdivision and sought board approval to join the two.

    The board meets next at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16.