Chicken vs. quarry

To the Editor:

The Town of Mount Desert is considering asking voters for a change to the land use zoning ordinance (LUZO) to allow the keeping of up to 6 chickens in village commercial zoning districts. Sensible requirements will be placed upon residents who wish to keep chickens to do so “in a manner that will not disturb the use or enjoyment of neighboring lots due to noise, odor or other adverse impact.”

If chickens have the potential to disturb neighbors due to noise, how can the Planning Board of Mount Desert even consider allowing the licensing of a commercial quarry in the residential zone of Hall Quarry? This quarry will operate six days a week from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and produce constant noise pollution which will have an adverse impact on the lives of every Hall Quarry resident and every user of Acadia National Park near Acadia Mountain.

Every Hall Quarry resident will lose considerable property value and have a very low quality of life for the next 39 years, the proposed life of the quarry as stated by the applicant, Harold MacQuinn.

I’ll take chickens any day over a quarry.

Janet Leston Clifford

Hall Quarry


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