Boat ramp gets tentative nod

BAR HARBOR — A 10-foot by 50-foot boat launch ramp and driveway, proposed to be built at 43 Lookout Point Road, received a unanimous thumbs up from the Planning Board last week, contingent on minor updates to the site plan.

The July 11 meeting included a public hearing on the project, but no members of the public attended to weigh in.

The project developer is Southwest Harbor-based Jeffery Crafts. The owner of the property is John Cochran. The applicants must submit an updated site plan to planning officials before beginning on the project but are not expected to appear before the Planning Board again.

Town Planner Janna Richards said the plan was totally compliant with town and state standards, but the updates will clarify some details in the site plan document.

“It’s just another formality,” Richards said. “Going into the future, if someone had a problem with sediment and erosion control, they could at least know that there is a plan on file for this project.”

Other information, such as number of parking spots anticipated, will also be added to the site plan before construction begins.

Crafts said the proposed parking area could fit half a dozen cars. “It’s an ample parking lot,” he said.

The ramp is designed to have 500 square feet both above and below the highest annual tide. The top part will be paved and the bottom section — the ramp itself — will be made of precast concrete.

Construction is planned for low tide so as to not disturb sediment.

Cochran has already received approval from the Army Corp of Engineers and Maine Department of Environmental Protection for construction of a 10-foot wide, 50-foot long boat ramp. State officials found the project, which would directly impact 490 feet of coastal wetland, would not cause unreasonable harm to the environment and plant or animal habitats, according to records.

The project’s completeness was conditionally approved last month pending the contractor receiving a town Flood Hazard Development permit.

Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd is a University of Maine graduate and a former Bar Harbor reporter for the Mount Desert Islander.
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