Town Hill business expansion favored

BAR HARBOR — A proposed expansion of the Town Hill business district will need the support of a simple majority of voters in order to pass at the polls this fall, after the planning board voted 4-0 to support it on Aug. 7.

The proposal will come before voters at town elections on Nov. 5. If passed, it will extend the business district to the head of the island along the eastern side of Route 102. Several lots at the head of the island on the western side of the road also would be designated commercial. The area is now entirely residential, with the store at the head of the island considered a grandfathered use.

In brief comments, board chairman Ivan Rasmussen addressed a concern raised by those against the proposal that it runs counter to the comprehensive plan.

Opponents say that future development is meant to occur in Town Hill Village and the commercial zone should not be extended. Some residents of the area, including those along County Road, have protested that the residential character of the stretch should not be altered.

Land use ordinance amendments favored by the planning board need the support of 51 percent of voters in order to become permanent. Should the board vote against passage of a proposal, a two-thirds majority is needed. The warrant committee also will make a recommendation on the proposal.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]
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