Land use changes

BAR HARBOR — Proposed zoning ordinance changes adding farmer’s markets, one- and two-family dwellings, auto sales lots and auto repair garages, home occupation and retirement communities in three downtown districts received support at a public hearing Tuesday.

Each of those uses would be allowed by permit from the Code Enforcement Officer except auto sales lot, auto repair garage and retirement community, which would require site plan review by the Planning Board.

Planning Director Bob Osborne said the uses were all allowed in those areas before the downtown districts were redrawn in 2010. He believes they were inadvertently removed.

Resident Pat Samuel, who was involved in the 2010 revision process, agreed. “I don’t believe it was intentional to disallow farmer’s markets” and the other uses, she said. “It is a good ordinance.”

Another set of changes clarifying allowed types of lighted signs, clarifying the districts in which buildings and signs are subject to review by the Design Review Board and moving sections of the ordinance pertaining to design review did not receive any public comment.

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