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January 26, 2022
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Belfast, ME 04915
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Planning Board Meeting

Wednesday, January 26, 2022


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26th, 2022     6:00 PM






Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Planning Board will not physically be meeting in the Council Chambers of Belfast City Hall to conduct the January 26th, 2022 Board meeting.  Thus, the public will have no access to City Hall during the meeting.  The Board will be conducting the meeting electronically via a ZOOM webinar, and Board members will be participating in the meeting via ZOOM from their respective homes.

 The public can view the meeting in any of the following ways: it will be streamed live on the city website (, and it can be seen on BEL-TV. 

 There is no public hearing at this meeting and public comments are not being accepted at this time. A public hearing on the proposed ordinance changes was held October 6th, 2021 and an opportunity for public comment will be part of the City Council process, should the Planning Board recommend draft language for the Council to consider.

 A copy of the meeting documents is available at City Hall and many are available on the City website.  Questions regarding proposed amendments should be directed to Wayne Marshall, Project Planner at 338-3370 x 125.   

 Zoom Meeting Information


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 1.  Call to Order & Roll Call. Hugh Townsend, Chair, Geoff Gilchrist, Secretary, 

David Bond, Wayne Corey, and Kathleen Dunckel regular members, and Pippa Jollie and Lewis Baker, associate members.

 2.   Adoption of Agenda.

 3.   Review of Meeting Minutes

 4.   Staff presentation of findings regarding Off-Site Electrical Improvements Necessary to Support Nordic Aquafarms aquaculture facility.

 5.   Ordinance Amendment Workshop – Outsize Rural Zoning Amendments  

 The Planning Board is considering proposed amendments that would affect most of the existing zoning districts located outside of the Route 1 Bypass. If adopted, the amendments would result in the following changes:

• Creation of the following new zoning districts: Outside Rural - 1, Outside Rural-2, Outside Rural-3, Residential 4, Residential 5, Route 3 Rural, Swan Lake Ave Mixed Use, and Outside Rural Special Use.

• Elimination of the following existing zoning districts: Residential Agricultural I, Residential Agricultural II, Protection Rural, Protection Rural-2, General Purpose-A, Route 141 & Mill Lane Commercial, and Residential Growth.

• Several properties in the Airport Growth zone are being included in the proposed Outside Rural-2 zone, an expansion of the Searsport Avenue Commercial zone to include properties located adjacent to Searsport Avenue that are now in the Route 141 & Mill Lane Commercial zone, and the renaming of the Residential II zone to the Residential 9 zone.

 The Planning Board notes that one of the key purposes of the proposed amendments is to create new options for the construction of additional housing in Belfast.

 5.1 Staff Review

 5.2 Board Discussion and possible action on proposed Outside Rural Ordinance Amendments

 6.     Code and Planning Department Report - Bub Fournier, Director, Code & Planning

 7.     Other Business

 8.     Adjournment


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