June 18, 2018
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Glenburn voters approve updated land use code

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

GLENBURN, Maine —The second time was the charm Tuesday as voters passed an updated version of their land use code.

After all the votes were counted, the land use code passed by a wide margin, with 1,343 residents voting in favor of it and 924 voting against it, Deputy Town Clerk Carline Dube said.

For a quarter of a century, development in town has been guided by the existing ordinance, which dates back to 1987 and puts the entire town in one rural-residential zone, with the exception of a 500-foot industrial strip along the railroad tracks.

During their local elections in June of last year, however, Glenburn residents rejected the updated land use code in a 67-58 vote.

At that time, Town Manager Michael Crooker said some landowners thought the new version was too restrictive in that it limited most major commercial and industrial activity to the section of town that runs along Route 15.

In an effort to ensure the measure passed this time around, town officials held a series of hearings, meetings and presentations aimed at educating residents about the value of having an up-to-date land use ordinance.

They also sent information and maps to every mailbox in town and reached out to residents through Facebook. In addition, the land use code was endorsed by the Town Council, planning board, economic development committee, and comprehensive plan committee.

The revamped land use code establishes a village district in the part of town that includes the town office and elementary school. It also creates 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.

It allows certain sections of town to promote organized development while preserving the community’s residential flavor and expands both the size and number of employee requirements for home-based businesses and allows existing businesses to expand their footprint by up to 50 percent.

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