Pittsfield planners OK zoning amendment

Posted May 11, 2009, at 11:04 p.m.

PITTSFIELD, Maine — In a meeting Monday that was delayed because of a lack of a quorum and then finally called to order 15 minutes late, the actual business took less than five minutes to accomplish.

Pittsfield planners rectified an old error by approving an amendment to the town’s zoning ordinances to include essential services, such as electrical power.

Veteran board member Alan Dunphy explained that in the late 1990s, during the town’s comprehensive plan process, a consultant advised the board to “start from scratch and rewrite all our ordinances.”

Dunphy said the board eventually realized this was a “major mistake. We overlooked some ordinances.”

Over the past years, the town has been correcting some of these oversights but until Central Maine Power requested information about expanding its service through Pittsfield, no one realized that essential services had been left out of the town’s zoning.

“All this does is make a recommendation to the Town Council,” planner Walter Reuter clarified. The recommendation passed unanimously.

Five representatives of CMP and its agent, TRC Solutions, attended the meeting. John Titus of TRC said, “My job will be to put an application forward to the planning board” for the expansion project. “We want to keep things moving,” he said.

Pittsfield’s Code Enforcement Officer Steve Seekins said the expansion project would require a site plan review and planning board approval.

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