Category Archives: Planning Board

Winter salt and sand for residents’ use: New site and structure approved by Planning Board

| Joanne Cole, NGX |

With the relocation of the public works garage from the Upper Village to the fire station site, an item remained open: where should the salt and sand pile for residents now go?  Once the layout and traffic patterns of the new site became clearer, says Public Works director Ted Shane, an appropriate place for the sand pile emerged.  The Planning Board approved the spot and the proposed structure at their October 15 meeting.

The sand pile’s new location, to the left of the fire station building and away from the primary path of trucks and plows, was chosen for residents’ safety.  Shane told the board that traffic at the current location in the Upper Village is dangerous during a major storm.  With residents arriving to load up on sand as the town’s heavy equipment circulates, he said, “It’s very hard to operate with the fact of worrying about hurting somebody.” The new location also has power close by, making it easy to add lights. 

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Planning Board approves new plans on Gloucester Hill Road and an expansion on Intervale Road

| Joanne Cole, NGX |

Applications for a new single-family home on the east side of Gloucester Hill Road just below the Opportunity Farm barn, a two-lot subdivision and home on the west side of Gloucester Hill Road, and expanded facilities at Cunningham Farm on Intervale Road were the focus of Planning Board meetings in late August and early September.  All three projects were ultimately approved with conditions.

Of greatest public interest was Warren Gerow’s application for a single-family home in the Opportunity Farm field across from the Morrison Center.  Because the location is within the Historic District, more-stringent site and design requirements apply and the project must be reviewed by the Historical Society as well as the Planning Board.  Gerow was before the board seeking waivers of requirements for a close-contour site map, an erosion and sedimentation plan, and a stormwater runoff plan. 

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Planning Board Approves Dock on Sabbathday Lake

The Planning Board on Tuesday approved a 70- by 36-foot dock for the Sabbathday Shores subdivision.

Chairman Donald Libby, Vice Chairman Erik Hargreaves, Charles Burnham and Doug McAtee voted in favor of the dock, while Ben Tettlebaum abstained.

The dock had sparked outcry from some neighbors and lakeside residents, who complained it would be too long and too wide. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ report in the Sun Journal.

New Gloucester residents oppose Sabbathday Lake dock plan – Sun Journal [re-posting for Facebook – eds.]

By Ellie Fellers – Special to the Sun Journal – June 4, 2019
New Gloucester — The Planning Board on Tuesday heard from a dozen residents opposed to a 70-foot, T-shaped dock proposed by Sabbathday Lake Shores developer Alan Hamilton of Gray.

To get a sense of what it would look like, a group of lakeside property owners recently delineated the area using styrofoam noodles and other items to create a mock 70-foot dock that stretched from the shore and attached to a 35-foot wide dock sitting perpendicular to it.

When the Planning Board arrived to inspect the site last week, Chairman Don Libby canceled the visit because he wanted “an unbiased” look at the site without the mock-up. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ report in the Sun Journal.

Planning Board Sets Hearing on Sabbathday Lake Dock

The Planning Board on Tuesday scheduled a public hearing for 7 p.m. on June 4 on a request to install a 70-foot dock on Sabbathday Lake.

The board will visit the site at the seven-lot Sabbathday Shores subdivision at 6 p.m. on May 29.

The public hearing will be held at the Meeting House on Route 231.

Developer Allen Hamilton wants a 4-foot-wide, 70-foot-long dock that ends with a 36-foot-long T section.

All boats using the dock must be launched at Outlet Beach.

Ellie Fellers special to the Sun Journal.

New Gloucester developer allowed dock on Sabbathday Lake

Allen Hamilton asked planners to change his subdivision approval to allow a marina.

The Planning Board voted 5-0 on Tuesday night to allow a subdivision developer to install a dock at the Sabbathday Lake beach, not a marina that would give all eight lot owners their own boat slips. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ story in the Sun Journal.