Planning Board


IMPORTANT NOTICE RELATED TO COVID-19:



The Bar Harbor Town Council on March 16 declared a pandemic emergency and unanimously approved an emergency ordinance closing municipal offices to the public, and cancelling all non-emergency meetings, through at least Monday, March 30. The emergency ordinance can be viewed here.

Staff is working with applicants who are already in the Planning Board review process to continue advancing those projects forward within the parameters of town ordinance and state statute, using Zoom to conduct meetings. Anyone with questions about a pending or planned project is encouraged to contact Planning Director Michele Gagnon by emailing planner@barharbormaine.gov for more information.

This is uncharted territory for everyone — thank you for your understanding.





*** PLANNING BOARD MEETING — WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2020, 4:00 PM ***


IMPORTANT NOTICE — THIS MEETING MAY BE HELD REMOTELY

1. The public can watch the meeting live on Spectrum channel 1303 or by streaming it online at https://townhallstreams.com/towns/bar_harbor_me.

2. If the town and/or the state declaration(s) of emergency due to COVID-19 remain in effect, the meeting will be held remotely via the online video meeting platform Zoom, instead of in person at the Municipal Building. This decision will be made Monday, July 6, 2020 and posted on the Planning Board’s webpage at https://www.barharbormaine.gov/282/Planning-Board.

3. If the meeting is conducted remotely, members of the public are welcome to take part in the meeting via a conference call. To make a comment or ask a question on an agenda item during the meeting, call 288-1710 when the item comes up and when prompted enter passcode 0117511 followed by the # sign. The line will be muted until the meeting is open to comments and questions, at which time a staff member will come on the line and announce that comments and questions will be accepted. Anyone wishing to speak must stay on the line until that time in order to be heard. Only a certain number of callers can be on the line simultaneously, so in the event the line is busy, please keep trying until you get through. There will be sufficient time provided for all interested people to get on the line and comment or ask a question.

VI. REGULAR BUSINESS
a. Public Hearing/Compliance Review for SP-2020-03 – Coastal Computers
Project Location: 1311 State Highway 102 — Tax Map 227, Lot 90, encompassing ±2.81 acres of land in the Town Hill Business zoning district and a de minimis amount of land in the Town Hill Residential District
Applicant/Owner: George Grohs & Kristina Minott, dba Sonoma Properties, LLC
Application: To demolish an abandoned house and construct an office building.


b. Sketch Plan Review PUD-2020-02 - Subdivision/Planned Unit Development (Outlying Area) — Schooner Head Housing
Project Location: Tax Map 253, Lots 10 and 11 on Schooner Head Road; encompassing a total of ±40.24 acres, according to town tax records. The subject land is all in the Village Residential zoning district.
Applicant/Owner: The Jackson Laboratory
Application: The applicant proposes a multi-family residential subdivision on Schooner Head Road. The first phase is the construction of 44 units in one three-story and four two-story buildings. The project will include peripheral parking areas, internal walkways and communal green space. The project will connect to the town water system and use an on-site private septic system.

c. Public Hearing – Draft Warrant Article LAND USE ORDINANCE AMENDMENT – VACATION RENTAL.
Shall an ordinance, dated June 18, 2020, and entitled “An amendment to Vacation Rental allowing currently registered vacation rentals to continue operating as long as the registration is renewed annually; creating three types of vacation rentals (VR-1, VR-2, and VR-3) allowed in the same 34 zoning districts where vacation rentals are presently allowed; creating definitions for primary residence and vacation rental license; and regulating the rental of the entire dwelling unit or a part of thereof, the rental period (minimum number of nights), the maximum number of licenses that may be issued, and the transferability of licenses;” be enacted?


                                                                                                                                                                

PLANNING BOARD MEETING — WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2020


Please note, this meeting was held remotely and broadcast via Town Hall Streams and Spectrum channel 1303. It can be viewed on the Town Hall Streams website.


a. Completeness Review/Public Hearing/Compliance Review for SD-2019-03 — Destination Health
Project Location: 124 Cottage Street — Tax Map 104, Lot 159, encompassing ±0.16 acres of land in the Downtown Village II zoning district
Applicant/Owner: Destination Health, LLC
Application: To construct a two-story, four-unit apartment building (constituting a subdivision, by unit, under state statute) on the Brewer Avenue end of the parcel.

b. Completeness Review/Public Hearing/Compliance Review for SD-2019-01 — The Farm Subdivision

Project Location: The subject land is located off of Route 3 and Ledgewood Road, on the following tax parcels: Tax Map 207, Lots 43, 44, 56 and 58; Tax Map 208, Lot 81; and Tax Map 214, Lot 4. The land, totaling ±72.78 acres, is in four different zoning districts: Salisbury Cove Corridor District, Salisbury Cove Rural District, Shoreland Limited Residential District and Resource Protection District.
Applicant: The Farm, LLC
Owner: The Heirs of Chauncey McFarland
Application: The applicant proposes to construct a road and extend public utilities to create a 13-lot residential subdivision and retain approximately 30 acres of land in its current undeveloped state.

c. Completeness Review/Public Hearing/Compliance Review for SP-2019-03 — 56 Cottage Street Parking Area

Project Location: 56 Cottage Street — Tax Map 104 Lot 327, encompassing ±0.45 acres in the Downtown Village II zoning district
Applicant/Owner: Karol A. Foss
Application: To develop a private, 42-space private parking area at the corner of Cottage and Kennebec streets. The project would use a single entrance/exit from the existing westerly curb cut on Cottage Street. No entrance or exit is planned on Kennebec Street. The project includes construction of a sidewalk-accessible landscaped esplanade along Cottage Street.
  • Supplemental material (for complete application, scroll down to May 6 meeting)
  • (No new material submitted post-Technical Review Team review)

d. Completeness Review/Public Hearing/Compliance Review for PUD-2020-01 - Subdivision/Planned Unit Development (Village) — Schooner Head Housing
Project Location: Tax Map 253, Lots 10 and 11 on Schooner Head Road; encompassing a total of ±40.24 acres, according to town tax records. The subject land is all in the Village Residential zoning district.
Applicant/Owner: The Jackson Laboratory
Application: To develop a 44-unit residential subdivision in five buildings (one three-story, four two-story) on Schooner Head Road.
  • Supplemental material (for complete application, scroll down to May 6 meeting)
  • (No new material submitted post-Technical Review Team review)

e. Completeness Review/Public Hearing/Compliance Review for SP-2019-06 — Theede Pier
Project Location: 481 Eden Street — Tax Map 224, Lot 009, encompassing ±1.73 acres of land in the Village Historic and Shoreland Limited Residential zoning districts (the proposed project is located entirely within the latter district)
Applicant: Frenchman’s Bay Boating Co, Inc.
Owner: Frenchman’s Bay Real Estate Holdings, LLC (Steve Theede)
Application: To construct a new concrete retaining wall fastened to the ledge at the top of the bank with a concrete slab to hold the shore end of a 120’x6’ aluminum pier, with a 10’x10’ transition platform at the end of it to accept the ramp, which is at an angle to the pier. From there, an 80’x4’ gangway extending to two, 16’x24’ timber floats, moored with two granite moorings and chain.

f. Completeness Review for SP-2020-03 — Coastal Computers
Project Location: 1311 State Highway 102 — Tax Map 227, Lot 90, encompassing ±2.81 acres of land in the Town Hill Business zoning district.
Applicant/Owner: Georger Grohs & Kristina Minott, dba Sonoma Properties, LLC
Application: To demolish an abandoned house and construct an office building.




                                                                                                                                                                       

Planning board meeting — Wednesday, May 6
Please note, this meeting was held remotely and broadcast via Town Hall Streams and Spectrum channel 1303. It can be viewed on the Town Hall Streams website.



VI. OLD BUSINESS
a. Public Hearing/Compliance Review for Site Plan SP-2020-02 — Bar Harbor Oceanside KOA
Project Location: 135 County Road — Tax Map 211, Lot 001, and encompassing ±2.63 acres of land in the following zoning districts: Town Hill Corridor, Town Hill Residential and Shoreland Limited Residential
Applicant: Bar Harbor Oceanside KOA
Owner: Kampgrounds of America, Inc.
Application: To construct a manager’s house and laundry/maintenance facility; to relocate the sewerage dump station, propane filling tank and dumpsters out of the County Road right-of-way and along a new camp road on the site; to demolish the existing old log cabin and other structures on the site; and to close one of the four existing curb cuts on County Road.


VII. REGULAR BUSINESS
a. Completeness Review for SP-2019-03 — 56 Cottage Street Parking Area
Project Location: 56 Cottage Street — Tax Map 104 Lot 327, encompassing ±0.45 acres in the Downtown Village II zoning district
Applicant/Owner: Karol A. Foss
Application: To develop a private, 42-space private parking area at the corner of Cottage and Kennebec streets. The project would use a single entrance/exit from the existing westerly curb cut on Cottage Street. No entrance or exit is planned on Kennebec Street. The project includes construction of a sidewalk-accessible landscaped esplanade along Cottage Street.



b. Completeness Review for SD-2019-03 — Destination Health
Project Location: 124 Cottage Street — Tax Map 104, Lot 159, encompassing ±0.16 acres of land in the Downtown Village II zoning district
Applicant/Owner: Destination Health, LLC
Application: To construct a two-story, four-unit apartment building (constituting a subdivision, by unit, under state statute) on the Brewer Avenue end of the parcel.


c. Completeness Review for SP-2019-06 — Theede Pier
Project Location: 481 Eden Street — Tax Map 224, Lot 009, encompassing ±1.73 acres of land in the Village Historic and Shoreland Limited Residential zoning districts (the proposed project is located entirely within the latter district)
Applicant: Frenchman’s Bay Boating Co, Inc.
Owner: Frenchman’s Bay Real Estate Holdings, LLC (Steve Theede)
Application: To construct a new concrete retaining wall fastened to the ledge at the top of the bank with a concrete slab to hold the shore end of a 120’x6’ aluminum pier, with a 10’x10’ transition platform at the end of it to accept the ramp, which is at an angle to the pier. From there, an 80’x4’ gangway extending to two, 16’x24’ timber floats, moored with two granite moorings and chain.


d. Completeness Review for SD-2019-01 — The Farm Subdivision

Project Location: The subject land is located off of Route 3 and Ledgewood Road, on the following tax parcels: Tax Map 207, Lots 43, 44, 56 and 58; Tax Map 208, Lot 81; and Tax Map 214, Lot 4. The land, totaling ±72.78 acres, is in four different zoning districts: Salisbury Cove Corridor District, Salisbury Cove Rural District, Shoreland Limited Residential District and Resource Protection District.
Applicant: The Farm, LLC
Owner: The Heirs of Chauncey McFarland
Application: The applicant proposes to construct a road and extend public utilities to create a 13-lot residential subdivision and retain approximately 30 acres of land in its current undeveloped state. 


e. Completeness Review for PUD-2020-01 - Subdivision/Planned Unit Development (Village) — Schooner Head Housing
Project Location: Tax Map 253, Lot 011 on Schooner Head Road; encompassing a total of ±40.24 acres, according to town tax records. The subject land is all in the Village Residential zoning district.
Applicant: Developers Collaborative
Owner: The Jackson Laboratory
Application: To develop a 44-unit residential subdivision in five buildings (one three-story, four two-story) on Schooner Head Road.




                                                                                                                                                    

Planning board meeting — Wednesday, april 29

Please note, this meeting was held remotely and broadcast via Town Hall Streams and Spectrum channel 1303. It can be viewed on the Town Hall Streams website.

  • Capacity and compliance statements for several of the following projects

  • Public Hearing/Compliance Review, Site Plan SP-2019-07 — Triple Chick Farm
    Project Location: Off of State Highway 102 — Tax Map 235, Lot 002, encompassing 72.19 acres of land in the following zoning districts: Town Hill Residential Corridor, Town Hill Residential and Stream Protection.
    Applicant/Owner: Triple Chick Farm, LLC
    Application: Construction of a driveway (over 500 feet in length) to provide for land and forestland management practices, as well as to serve a future single-family residence. Site plan review is required because the driveway will cross a stream in the Stream Protection zoning district.


  • Public Hearing/Compliance Review for Site Plan SP-2020-02 — Bar Harbor Oceanside KOA
    Project Location: 135 County Road —Tax Map 211, Lot 001, and encompassing ±2.63 acres of land in the following zoning districts: Town Hill Corridor, Town Hill Residential and Shoreland Limited Residential
    Applicant: Bar Harbor Oceanside KOA
    Owner: Kampgrounds of America, Inc.
    Application: To construct a manager’s house and laundry/maintenance facility; to relocate the sewerage dump station, propane filling tank and dumpsters out of the County Road right-of-way and along a new camp road on the site; to demolish the existing old log cabin and other structures on the site; and to close one of the four existing curb cuts on County Road.

  • Public Hearing/Compliance Review for Site Plan SP-2020-01 Bar Harbor Savings & Loan
    Project Location: 15 Everard Court (Tax Map 104, Lot 389, encompassing ±0.1 acre of land in the Downtown Village I zoning district)
    Applicant/Owner: Bar Harbor Savings & Loan
    Application: Modification of an approved site plan (SP-2018-06) for parking lot design. The proposal is to increase the number of parking spaces from eight to 12. The revised design will require double-stacked (tandem) parking, designated for employees only.

  • Public Hearing/Compliance Review under Site Plan Review for Subdivision SD-2019-02 — Harborcove (formerly Harbor View)
    Project Location: 25 Crooked Road (Tax Map 216, Lot 006; encompassing 4.5 acres of land in the Hulls Cove Business District).
    Applicant/Owner: ABC, LLC
    Application: The renovations of three single-family dwelling units, the conversion of an existing single-family dwelling unit into a two-family dwelling unit, and the construction of one new two-family dwelling unit and of six new single-family dwelling units for a total of 13 dwelling units.


  • Public Hearing for remand of PUD-2017-02 from the Board of Appeals
    Project Location: 25 West Street Extension (Tax Map 103, Lots 48 and 49; encompassing a total of 1.54acres of land in the Village Residential District).
    Applicant/Owner: BHAPTS, LLC
    Application: The remand to the Planning Board was from a decision on appeal from the Board of Appeals (identified as AB-2019-01). The Board of Appeals, at a meeting on February 11, 2020 and in a written decision dated February 13, 2020, found in four separate findings that the Planning Board’s approval of PUD-2017-02 was clearly contrary to the town’s Land Use Ordinance in four specific areas (non-conforming structures, base development density, maximum allowable units and required affordable housing units). The applicant has submitted a revised plan for the project to the Planning Board, stating the new plan addresses those four specific findings of the Board of Appeals.


Meetings

  • 1st Wednesday of each month at 4 PM in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Building (93 Cottage Street)

Agendas, Packets, and Minutes


  • Agendas are available prior to the meetings.
  • To view an agenda, click on the Calendar and select the meeting by date.
  • Minutes are available following approval and signing.
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Governing

Documents


Members


  • Mr. Tom St. Germain, Chair
    Term expires 2022
  • Joseph Cough, Vice Chair
    Term expires 2020
  • Mr. Basil Eleftheriou Jr., Secretary
    Term expires 2021

  • John Fitzpatrick
    Term expires 2020

  • Erica Brooks
    Term expires 2021

Contact the Planning Board via email


  planningboard@barharbormaine.gov

Please note: Sending an email to this address will go to all members of the Planning Board, as well as town staff. If it relates to a particular project, that email will also be provided to the applicant.

Contact information for individual Planning Board members is not provided, as anything sent to individual member(s) of the board and not all parties involved in a particular project would constitute ex parte communication.


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