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LMPC to Review Zoning Related to Community Living Arrangements

At its next meeting on Wednesday, April 25, the New Gloucester Land Management Planning Committee (LMPC) will begin reviewing how the town’s zoning ordinance deals with community living arrangements and other live-in treatment facilities with the potential to propose changes to the ordinance.  Here is a handout compiled by Scott Hastings, Town Planner, covering the state law on community living arrangements and a review of how some other Maine municipalities address these uses in their ordinances. 

All LMPC meetings are open to the public. The April 25 meeting will be from 5:30-7pm in the Meetinghouse (389 Intervale Rd).

YMCA Spring Events

Mark your calendars for these Pineland YMCA events and spring programs:

Registration Days:

Youth Development Programming

Youth Development Program offerings can be found HERE!

*Youth Development Programs are offered to family members, youth program members, and open to the community!

Swim Lessons

See the full swim lesson schedule HERE!

*Swim Lessons are offered to family members and youth program members

Healthy Kids Day “Awaken Summer Imagination”

April 21, 2018 from 10:00am-12:00pm

Healthy Kids Day is free and open to the community event. The weather was lovely last year and we had over 150 participants enjoying activities and crafts all generously donated by our community partners.

Who will be joining us this year?

  • Farmer Stephanie from Farm to Table Kids- North Yarmouth, Maine
  • Daniel Bannon, PE from Baker Design Consultants- Freeport, Maine
  • Veteran’s Adaptive Sports & Training- New Gloucester, Maine
  • Courtney Jacques and Denise Gaudette from Good Shepard Food Bank- Auburn, Maine
  • Fiddlehead Arts & Science Center- Gray, Maine

Family open swim will be available, bowling, face painting, clothing swap and our bounce obstacle course- Please bring your friends and family!

Clothing Swap- Back by popular demand we will have YMCA of Southern Maine volunteers running our clothing swap.  We are currently collecting gently used baby clothes, blankets, maternity clothes, and youth clothes.  If you find something you like, you are welcome to take it!  All remaining items will go to our social works partners who will match to our community members in need.

Bike-A- Palooza partnering with Fiddlehead Arts &Science Center and the Gray Bike/Ped Committee.

May 6, 2018 1:00-3:00pm

This event is free and open to the community.  Please bring your bikes and safety equipment as we will have skilled and knowledgeable volunteers on hand to inspect and get your bikes ready for summer fun.

This year’s Bike-A-Palooza is shared effort from many community organizations coming together to make sure that all kids, adults, and families in the greater GNG area ride safe this summer.

A special thank you to:

  • YMCA of Southern Maine
  • Fiddlehead Arts & Science Center
  • Gray Rec Department
  • Gray Bike-Ped Committee
  • Maine Bike Coalition

More details about this event will be out soon. 

Tonight – Day One Information Session

Day One recently purchased property in New Gloucester to relocate their residential treatment program for boys in Hollis. An informational session about Day One and their program is scheduled for Wednesday, March 28 from 7-9pm at 934 Intervale Road.

Hearing on Day One postponed

More than 40 residents on Tuesday came to a public hearing on Day One’s application at 934 Intervale Road for a 12-bed substance-abuse residential treatment facility but were told the hearing was postponed.

Planning Board Chairman Don Libby said Day One officials notified the town to postpone the hearing until two administrative appeals by residents filed against the town’s code enforcement officer’s ruling that the facility meets the town’s zoning ordinance conditions as a permitted use in the rural residential zone is resolved by the town’s Board of Appeals.

Keep reading.

Public Hearings on Ordinance Changes and Day One Site Plan

The Planning Board will hold public hearings on two topics during their March 6 meeting at 7pm:

  1. Proposed Ordinance Changes
  • Community Living Arrangements: Changes to how the ordinance handles Community Living Arrangements to bring the town into compliance with state law.
  • Village Zone boundary change: A change in the boundaries of the Village zoning district located at the intersection of Intervale Rd and Cobbs Bridge/Gloucester Hill to rezone three properties off of Grange Hall Road from Rural Residential to Village.
  • Planned Development section: Addition of a “Planned Development” section to the ordinance which would allow the planning board some flexibility in certain circumstances if a project meets outlined higher standards.

2. Day One Site Plan Review

  • Application for a residential treatment facility in an existing structure at 934 Intervale Road.

2018-3-6_Planning_Board_Agenda

Public Hearing on TIF Amendment and Liquor License

The Town of New Gloucester will hold a Public Hearing on two topics at a Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, March 5, 2018, 7:00 p.m., at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road, New Gloucester, Maine.

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District Amendment to Fund Public Works Garage

An Amendment to the Municipal Tax Increment Financing District known as the “Pineland Municipal Development Tax Increment Financing District” (the “Pineland District”) and amendment to its Development Program. The purpose of the public hearing is to receive public comments on Warrant Articles that will address the following items: The First Amendment to the Pineland District and its development program pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 206 of Title 30-A of the Maine Revised Statutes, as amended. The First Amendment would add municipal project costs to the development program, including the ability of the Town to use tax increment revenues to fund a portion of the costs of a public works facility. The Pineland District consists of 483 acres located between Morse Road and Intervale Roads. To approve the design, construction, and financing of a new Public Works Facility. A copy of the proposed amendment to the Pineland District and its development program will be on file with the Town Clerk’s office during normal business hours.

Pineland Liquor License

Liquor License application for Black Tie, Inc., located at Pineland Farms, The Board of Selectmen will consider approving the license at the same meeting following the Public Hearing.

All interested persons are invited to attend the public hearing and will be given an opportunity to be heard at that time.

Town Seeking Applications for Comprehensive Plan Committee

This Comprehensive Plan Update Committee will be made up of eleven members (five – LMPC members, five – at large members and one – Selectmen Liaison). This Committee ‘s charge is to meet and discuss any revisions/updates needed to the Comprehensive Plan.

If you would like to be a member of this Committee – please complete a Committee Application. (click here for application)

Once completed – you may drop it off to the Town Office (385 Intervale Road), fax it to 207-926-4136 or email it to smyers@newgloucester.com.

All applications will go to the Board of Selectmen at their first meeting in December.

Keep Me Current – Q&A with New Town Manager, Carrie Castonguay

Carrie Castonguay has been New Gloucester’s Town Manager for two months. Matt Junker of Keep Me Current talks with Carrie about her transition and big projects on the horizon.

http://news.keepmecurrent.com/smooth-transition-for-new-gloucesters-new-town-manager/

427 Acres of Farmland Protected in New Gloucester

On June 30, 2017, Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) purchased a conservation easement on a 427-acre farm on North Pownal Road in New Gloucester from Jeri Waterhouse. Jeri’s father, Forrest Waterhouse, was born in the historic farmhouse on the property in 1920 and passed away 96 years later in the same home. By selling an easement, Jeri fulfilled her parents’ desire for the property to always remain as a farm.

Read more: https://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/427-acres-of-farmland-protected-in-new-gloucester/.

Snow Day Fun: YMCA’s Exercise Your Heart in More Ways than One!

YMCA’s Pineland Branch is open today, despite the snow!

Bring your friends and family for FREE on February 11th from 9am-12pm and enjoy a sampling of group exercise classes, plus access to the wellness center and bowling alley. Team members from wellness, aquatics, youth programs, and more will be on hand to answer your questions.

Primetime “While you are here childcare” for guests with children will be available.

Branch schedule:

*Note, the pool will be open to the public after 11:30.
  •   8:00am –   8:30am      Pilates Yoga Fusion on the Ball
  •   8:30am –   9:15am      Yi Yang Flow Yoga
  •   8:30am –   9:30am      High Intensity Training
  •   9:00am – 12:00pm      Community Chiropractic and Massage Demonstrations
  •   9:30am – 10:15am      Y Cycling (fills fast)
  • 10:20am – 10:50am      Tai Chi with Barbara
  • 11:00am – 11:30am      Pedal & Kettle Demo with Rebecca
  • 11:30am – 12:00pm      Pilates Props with Jean

Full schedule of events for all branches is online at ymcaofsouthernmaine.org. Community Flyer