June 22, 2018
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Glenburn to host final meeting on land use ordinance proposal

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

GLENBURN, Maine — The town will hold its final public meeting to discuss proposed changes to the land use ordinance at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the town office.

A small turnout of voters narrowly rejected the ordinance in June 2011. The vote drew 125 residents to the ballot boxes. In the end, the changes to the ordinance were rejected by nine votes 67-58.

This time around, the town is trying to be more vocal about the ordinance and give residents more chances to offer comment and air their concerns, said Ron Harriman, Glenburn’s economic and community development consultant.

“We don’t want people to have the perception that this affects them negatively,” Harriman has said.

The current 12-page ordinance was adopted in 1987 and puts the entire town in one rural-residential zone, with the exception of a 500-foot industrial strip along the railroad tracks, which means that almost any type of development could be permitted anywhere in Glenburn, according to Harriman.

The 85-page proposed update, among other things, seeks to establish a village district in the part of town that includes the town office and elementary school, a residential-commercial district, an industrial district and a rural district, along with a list of activities allowed and prohibited within each or allowed with code enforcement or planning board approval.

Town Manager Michael Crooker and Harriman said these changes would provide organization and structure to what’s developed and where it’s placed in town.

“If we don’t have the feedback, we can never say for sure what people were opposed to or what held them back from approving the changes,” Crooker said before the first meeting back in November 2011.

The proposed ordinance can be found at www.glenburn.org. The town will accept comments at the meeting. Residents also may comment by calling 947-8595 or emailing grantron@aol.com.

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