Lincoln leaders to consider rezoning Albert Drive area

Posted April 06, 2012, at 6:56 p.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — Town leaders will meet on Monday to discuss for the third time rezoning an area of Albert Drive to allow trailer parks, office buildings and other, broader commercial uses, officials said Friday.

The Town Council will meet at 7 p.m. at the Town Office to consider changing a 68-acre portion of Albert Drive off Enfield Road from a DR 1 to a DR 2 zone. Twice before planning board efforts to rezone the area have failed, interim Town Manager William Lawrence said in a statement released earlier this week.

The property slated for rezoning is off a dead end of Albert Drive owned by Glen Porter, who wants to get more potential uses from his land, Zoning Enforcement Officer Daniel Whittier said.

With the new zone, medical centers and government buildings could also go on his property, Whittier said. Gift shops and other light retail uses are also allowed in a DR 2 zone.

The planning board limited the zone change to Porter’s property in an effort to assuage residents who have objected to allowing more commercial and residential uses in their neighborhood, which is zoned DR 1.

“The planning board feels that this will have a minimal impact as it affects only four lots on Albert Drive,” Lawrence said.

Nearby residents “do not want to be [living on] a connector road to any development and they want to be able to approve any development of land abutting them,” Lawrence said. “It is the planning board’s opinion that this [DR 1 is] an inconsistent zone for this area, [as] it severely limits the type of development allowed in the area.”

The area was originally zoned a DR 2.

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