June 21, 2018
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Bar Harbor voters approve land use changes

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

BAR HARBOR, Maine — Voters decided Tuesday to change the town’s land use ordinance so the design review board will have jurisdiction over development proposals in the Town Hill business district.

The amendment passed by nearly 2-to-1. Of the 4,124 registered voters in Bar Harbor, 1,426 voted in favor of the amendment, and 776 voted against it.

According to Bar Harbor Town Clerk Pat Gray, 2,482 voters participated in Tuesday’s vote, resulting in a 60 percent turnout.

In all, voters overwhelmingly approved all six proposed land-use ordinance changes.

A proposal to set standards for wind turbines and to allow them under minor site plan review passed 1,809 to 326. Another measure to allow some home businesses to employ people who do not live at the property where the business is located was approved 1,422 to 714. The home occupation amendment applies only to home businesses on Routes 3 and 102.

Voters also adopted technical upgrades to the town’s traffic standards and stormwater management ordinances. The stormwater management measure passed 2,121 to 202. The traffic standards proposal was adopted 1,950 to 338.

A measure to upgrade the local shoreland zoning ordinance so it conforms with state rules was approved 1,884 to 360.

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