Planning Board

Mission Statement

The Planning Board oversees the implementation of “Land Use” as governed by the Town’s ordinances.  The Board reviews, revises or initiates land use ordinances which provide rules and guidelines for the permitted development of commercial and residential property.

In the process of reviewing issues before them, the Planning Board:

  • examines the relevant ordinances
  • holds Public Hearings for citizen input, and
  • determines a course of action

The Planning Board reviews and approves subdivisions; commercial entities; non- conforming uses, structures and lots; driveways; parking areas; and piers, ramps and floats. The Planning Board updates or writes new ordinances as needed to accommodate changes in the law. Ordinances changes are included in the Annual Town Meeting Warrant for approval by town residents.

When the Planning Board Becomes Involved

When a property owner wishes to develop land, the property owner completes an application for review by the Code Enforcement Officer (CEO).  If the application is compliant with town ordinances, the CEO approves the application and a permit is granted.  If the application needs further review, it is referred to the Planning Board for more substantive review.

What the Planning Board Does

When the Planning Board reviews a project, a noticed public hearing is held and the applicant or the applicant’s agent present project details. The merits are discussed within the guidelines of applicable ordinances and current law.  The application is approved, approved with conditions, or denied by the Board. If approved or approved with conditions, the Board completes “Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law”. All materials and the written decision (approved or approved with conditions) are forwarded to the CEO, who issues the permit and monitors implementation of the project.  If denied, the applicant may apply to the Board of Appeals for an Appellate Hearing for approval.

The Planning Board Meetings

The Planning Board meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the Town Office.  The meeting may be canceled if there are no issues on the agenda or for inclement weather. The Planning Board has five members and two alternates.

Ordinance Definitions Adopted at June 24, 2017 Town Meeting

Building Code Ordinance Definitions

Flood Plain Management Ordinance Definitions

Shoreland Zoning Ordinance Definitions

Site Plan Review Ordinance Definitions

Subdivision Ordinance Definitions

2002 Comprehensive Plan

Members

Name Position Term Expires Phone
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Chairman 2018 (207) 882-6829
Archie Bonyun Secretary 2019  
Dick Barker Member 2020  
Richard Gray Member 2018  
Don Leis Member 2019  
Jeffery Tarbox Alternate 2018  
Chris Malliet Alternate 2018