Planning Board

Anyone with questions about a pending or planned project is encouraged to contact Planning Director Michele Gagnon by emailing for more information.

Contact information for the Planning Board is located lower on the page, beneath the agenda and applications.

Project Archive

Click this link to access information on the approved and pending Planning Board projects from 2021, 2022, and 2023. If you would like information on projects before 2021, contact the Planning Office at 288-3329.


  • 1st Wednesday of each month at 4 PM in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Building (93 Cottage Street).
  • Find all submission deadlines and meetings dates in the 2023 and early 2024 Planning Board Schedule.
    • The deadline for applications is 20 days prior to a meeting.  
  • By 4:00 PM the Thursday before the regularly scheduled Board meeting, it will be determined if remote participation will be an option for the meeting per the adopted Remote Participation Policy. Unless stated otherwise, the meetings will only be held in-person.
  • Every meeting is recorded and can be watched live on the Town Hill Streams.
  • Find the most recent Planning Board Meeting Agenda and Packet here.

Upcoming meetings:

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at 4:00 PM - Regular Monthly Meeting & Workshop

This meeting will be held in-person and via Zoom. The in-person option will be in the Council Chambers at 93 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor. Any member of the public can participate via Zoom webinar by clicking the link below. 

Zoom Link: 

Passcode: 683499


ITEM a. Sketch Plan Review for SD-2023-04 Brigadoon Subdivision

Applicant/Owner: Brigadoon Acres, LLC - Christopher Bettencourt and Denise Carey Bettencourt 

Application: Create 14 residential lots on private wells and septic systems and set aside 12 acres as open space.

Project Location: Crooked Road (Tax Map and Lot number: 227-104-000) encompassing a total of ±207 acres, according to town tax records. 

Districts: Town Hill Rural, Shoreland Limited Residential, Resource Protection, and Stream Protection Districts

Application Materials:

ITEM b. Review of Project for Eligibility under Minor Site Plan Review (125-58 B. (4))

Applicant/Owner: Kampgrounds of America, 550 North 31st Street, Billings, Montana, 59101

Project Location: The physical address of the project is 1453 State Highway 102 (Tax Map 219 Lot 38). The land encompasses 47.10 acres.

Districts: Resource Protection, Shoreland Limited Residential, Town Hill Rural, and Town Hill Business districts


Purpose: Finish discussing the 2007 comp plan goals/strategies/policies related to the Planning Board.

For additional information, or if there are any questions, please contact Tammy DesJardin by calling the Planning Department at 288-3329 or by emailing 

Other Projects Under Review:

MSP-2023-02 Destination Health Motel

Property owner/applicant: Destination LLC

Property location: 124 Cottage Street/Tax Map 104, Lot 159

District: Downtown Village II

Proposed project: Convert a four-dwelling apartment building to four-unit hotel or motel. 

Application Materials:

Remote Participation Policy

The Planning Board has adopted a policy allowing for remote participation, as allowed under state law. A copy of that policy is available here.

At this time, due to the urgent issue of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the declarations of a public health emergency by both the US and Maine departments of Health & Human Services, that remote participation is enforced if deemed necessary by the Planning Board and staff. Please contact the Planning & Code Enforcement office at (207) 288-3329 if you have questions about this.

Agendas, Packets, and Minutes

Applications & Procedures

Planning Board Applications, Procedures & Governing Documents


J. Clark Stivers
(Term expires 2025)
Joseph Cough
(Term expires 2026)
Millard Dority, Chair
(Term expires 2026)
Elissa Chesler, Secretary
(Term expires 2024)
Ruth Eveland, Vice Chair
(Term expires 2024)
Cosmo Nims
(Term expires 2024)
Zachary Soares
(Term expires 2025)

Contact the Planning Board via email:

Please note: Sending an email to this address will go to all members of the Planning Board listed above, as well as town staff members in the Planning and Code Enforcement office: Planning Director Michele Gagnon, Code Enforcement Officer Angela Chamberlain, Deputy Code Enforcement Officer Mike Gurtler, Staff Planner Cali Martinez, and Administrative Assistant Tammy DesJardin.

If the message relates to a particular application before the Planning Board, that email will also be provided to the applicant. Any message sent to this email address is also considered a public record and may be subject to a request under the Maine Freedom of Access Act. Information that you wish to keep confidential should not be included in email correspondence to this address.

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 the review of a particular application would constitute ex parte communication.