Front Setback Ordinance Amendment

July 7, 2020 City Council - First Reading - Setback Ordinance Amendment Information

The City of Belfast Planning Board at its meeting of Wednesday, June 17, 2020, beginning at 6:00 PM, shall conduct a public hearing on proposed amendments to the City Code of Ordinances, Chapter 102, Zoning that affect certain properties located in the Residential 1, Residential 2 and Residential 3 zoning districts. The amendments would result in a reduction in the minimum amount of front structure setback (setback from the adjacent street) now required. In all cases, the current amount of front setback required is 60 feet. The proposal would reduce the amount of front structure setback to 40 feet for most of these properties. And, for five properties that have street frontage on High Street, 369 High St, 375 High St, 379 High St, 1 Hassell Drive, and 6 Hassell Drive, the setback from High Street would decrease to 20 feet. 

The Planning Board public hearing on June 17 will be conducted via ZOOM. The Board will not physically be meeting in City Hall and there will be no access to City Hall during the meeting. Persons who wish to offer comment to the Board can do so in any of the following ways: 1) Submit comment via email in advance of the meeting. This is the best and preferred way for you to submit your comments for the hearing. Comment should be sent to All comment should be submitted by 2:00 pm on June 17 so it can be provided to the Board in advance of the meeting. 2) You can send a letter to City of Belfast, Code and Planning Dept, 131 Church St, Belfast, ME. All letters must be received by 2:00 PM on June 17. 3) During the meeting, you can submit comment using the ZOOM platform. You can access the ZOOM webinar via the following. We note that only audio comment will be accepted and ask for cooperation in not trying to access the webinar with video (we are trying to preserve band-width):

 • URL: 

• Phone: 1 646 558 8656 

• Webinar ID 874 0011 5844 

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