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.


  • 1st Wednesday of each month at 4 PM in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Building (93 Cottage Street)
  •   2022/early 2023 Planning Board Schedule The deadline for applications deadline is 20 days prior to a meeting

Upcoming meetings:

Wednesday, December 7 at 4:00 PM — Regular Monthly Meeting

More information about this meeting, including an agenda and information on remote participation if that is an option, will be posted closer to the meeting date.

Application materials for the items that will be on the agenda are available below, as noted:

Completeness/Compliance Review and Public Hearing: SP-2022-06 – Kebo Street Shared Accommodations

  • Applicant: Fraser Associates Architects, 11 Everard Court, Suite A, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
  • Owner: Witham Family Limited Partnership, 215 High Street, Ellsworth, ME 04605
  • Application: To construct an 80-bed, shared accommodation with eight kitchens and 23 bathrooms with showers, and one apartment for the manager. The structure will include a total of 17,150 square feet (three floors and a basement). In the basement will be the laundry room, storage space and mechanical equipment.
  • Project Location: 39 Kebo Street (Tax Map 104, Lot 411), encompassing a total of ±0.45 acres, according to town tax records
  • Districts: Mount Desert Street Corridor
  • Application Materials:

Other Projects Under Review (Minor Site Plan or Minor Subdivision):

Applicant/Owner: Philip and Emily Rusiecki, 78 Black Watch Trail, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609

Application: Modify Acadia Farm Subdivision, recorded on August 21, 2003 at the Hancock Registry of Deeds as Instrument NO. 346 File 31 NO. 194. The modifications will consist in the merging of Tax Map 227, Lots 107 and 108.

Location: The project is located at 78 Black Watch Trail (Tax Map 227, Lots 107 and 108) in the Town Hill Rural and Shoreland Limited Residential districts.

A copy of the application is available here.

Other Projects in the Pipeline:

Sketch Plan Review for Subdivision SD-2022-03 – Shore Cottages at Park Entrance Motel Subdivision

Applicant: Holiday Associates of Naples, 1000 Market Street, Building 1, Suite 300, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Owners: Parkent LLC, 1001 Atlantic Ave, Suite 202, Delray, FL 33483 and Holiday Associates of Naples, 1000 Market Street, Building 1, Suite 202, Portsmouth, NH 03802-0477 

Application: To build seven dwelling units. Two units are proposed at 27 Ocean Avenue (Tax Map 223, Lot 13) which encompasses about two-thirds of an acre of land. Five units are proposed at 15 Ocean Avenue on the Park Entrance Motel lot (Tax Map 224, Lot 22) which encompasses ±8.02 acres of land. 

Project Location: 27 Ocean Avenue and 15 Ocean Avenue, respectively Tax Map 223, Lot 13 and Tax Map 224, Lot 22, encompassing a total of ±8.75 acres, according to town tax records

Districts: Hulls Cove Business and Shoreland General Development II (Hulls Cove)

Link to Application: SD-2022-03 Shore Cottages at Park Entrance Motel (submitted 6/16/2022)

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 policy is in force and the Planning Board is conducting all its meetings fully remotely. 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


Calistra Martinez
(Term expires 2025)
Joseph Cough
(Term expires 2023)
Millard Dority, Chair
(Term expires 2023)
Elissa Chesler, Secretary
(Term expires 2024)
Ruth Eveland, Vice Chair
(Term expires 2024)
Earl Brechlin
(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, Assistant Planner Steve Fuller 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.