CAMDEN, Maine — A lawyer who lives next to the Camden Harbour Inn has gone to court to block a special exception that could allow the inn to expand.
Susan Bryant filed her court appeal Friday in Knox County Superior Court. She is challenging the special exception granted by the Camden Zoning Board of Appeals for Breda LLC, the company that owns the inn on Bay View Street.
The zoning board voted Jan. 23 to grant the special exception that would allow the inn to build an addition with 10 rooms. The inn’s owners must still go before the town’s planning board to gain approval before moving forward with the expansion. No planning board meeting has yet been scheduled.
Bryant maintains in her lawsuit, however, that the special exception violates the town’s zoning ordinances.
Bryant owns and lives in a home on Chestnut Street next to the inn’s Chestnut Street entrance. She states in her court appeal that neighbors at the January hearing voiced concern about noise and traffic from guests, staff and deliveries.
She maintains that as a nonconforming use in the traditional village, the proposal to expand exceeds the allowable expansion limit.
Raymond Brunanyszki, co-owner of the inn, said Monday morning he was still reviewing the complaint and was not yet able to comment on its merits.
He said that the owners are looking at various designs for an expansion and had not determined when an application to the planning board would be filed.