Site plan rules going to a vote

TREMONT – Voters here are to consider adoption of amendments adding site plan review to the zoning ordinance and a new floodplain management ordinance at a special town meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 22.

The special town meeting warrant was approved Monday in a 4-0 vote of the Board of Selectmen. The three articles will be considered from the floor of an open meeting in the Harvey Kelley Meeting Room of the town office.

One of the articles, asking voters if they wish to adopt a site plan review process for large-scale developments, would be completely new to the ordinance. Members of the Planning Board have said they see the process as a proactive step toward being prepared for any development that might strain the infrastructure of the town and its natural resources.

The review process isn’t designed to stop large development, the Planning Board maintains. Instead, it would ensure that these developments proceed responsibly.

If site plan review is adopted, a section would be added to the zoning ordinance to determine if site plan review is needed. An appendix to the ordinance would describe the process itself and includes the requirements for submitting a plan, what the Planning Board is to consider and how to appeal a decision of the board.

Among the issues to be considered are traffic management, water and sewer systems and solid waste disposal.

Voters also will consider updating the existing ordinance to correct spelling and grammar and to incorporate a new numbering system.

According to the Planning Board, the article to adopt a floodplain management ordinance would bring the current floodplain ordinance in compliance with new federal requirements.


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