Planning Board

Anyone with questions about a pending or planned project is encouraged to contact Planning Director Michele Gagnon by emailing for more information.

Contact information for the Planning Board is located lower on the page, beneath the agenda and applications.


  • 1st Wednesday of each month at 4 PM in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Building (93 Cottage Street)
  •   2022/early 2023 Planning Board Schedule The deadline for applications deadline is 20 days prior to a meeting

Next meeting:

Wednesday, October 5 at 4 PM - Regular Monthly Meeting

This meeting will take place in person in the Council Chambers in the Municipal Building at 93 Cottage Street in Bar Harbor.

The agenda and meeting materials are available here.

Application materials for the items on the agenda are available below, as noted:

Completeness Review: SD-2022-05 Salvatore Subdivision 

  • Applicant: Eben Salvatore, 123 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
  • Owner: Heirs of Judith Strout, P.O. Box 36, Hulls Cove, Maine 04644
  • Application: Split Tax Map 228 Lot 34 encompassing ±17.7 acres into two lots — one lot will be 13.3 acres and the other lot will be 4.4 acres. Also, part of the subdivision is Tax Map 228 Lot 34-2 (now 2.31 acres) which was originally part of Tax Map 228 Lot 34 (the parent lot). Project Location: 21 Russell Farm Road (Tax Map 228, Lot 34), encompassing a total of ±17.7 acres. 
  • Project Location: 21 Russell Farm Road (Tax Map 228, Lot 34), encompassing a total of ±17.7 acres.
  • Districts: McFarland Hill Residential, McFarland Hill Rural, Shoreland Limited Residential and Resource Protection
  • Application Materials:

Completeness/Compliance Review and Public Hearing: SD-2022-06 – Natures Gift Subdivision

Completeness/Compliance Review and Public Hearing: SP-2022-09 - KOA Terramor Employee Housing

  • Applicant/Owner: Kampgrounds of America, 550 North 31st Street, Billings, Montana, 59101
  • Application: Reconfiguration of the existing employee campsite area to include the remodel of the three existing trailers used for employee campsites, two new trailers, one 2-unit trailer, one employee mess hall trailer, a laundry trailer, and laundry building. There will be 14 parking spaces for the employees.  The changes are taking place over an area that was reflected in the drawings in the previously approved Wellness Tent permit. The applicant is proposing to convert approximately 26,694 square feet of the existing employee area to reinforced turf. A new septic system will serve existing demands along with the proposed.
  • Location: The property is located at 1453 State Highway 102, Bar Harbor, ME, 04609 (Tax Map 219, Lot 38)
  • District: Town Hill Business
  • Application Materials:

Other Projects Under Review (Minor Site Plan or Minor Subdivision):

Application #MSP-2022-04 0151 — Atlantic Oceanside Steel Stair Replacement and Balcony at the Main Hotel

Applicant/Owner: Witham Family, LLC, 215 High Street, Ellsworth, Maine 04605

Application: The replacement and enclosure of two existing, exterior steel stairs, and the enclosure of the exterior balconies/first floor landings serving those stairs. This application amends SP-2021-04 Atlantic Oceanside Employee Living Quarters.

Location: The property is located at 119 Eden Street, Tax Map 101, Lots 1 and 2. The parcels encompass ±10.59 acres of land, according to town tax records. The subject land is in the Bar Harbor Gateway and the Shoreland General Development III districts.

Public Review: The application is filed as MSP-2022-04 and is available for public review in the Planning Department office, which is located in the Municipal Building at 93 Cottage Street in Bar Harbor.

It is also available here as a PDF.

How to Comment: Under the requirements of Section 125-61 G., public comment may be received and reviewed until October 13, 2022. You may forward your comments in writing to Planning Director Michele Gagnon at 93 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609 or by email at

Other Projects in the Pipeline:

Sketch Plan Review for Subdivision SD-2022-03 – Shore Cottages at Park Entrance Motel Subdivision

Applicant: Holiday Associates of Naples, 1000 Market Street, Building 1, Suite 300, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Owners: Parkent LLC, 1001 Atlantic Ave, Suite 202, Delray, FL 33483 and Holiday Associates of Naples, 1000 Market Street, Building 1, Suite 202, Portsmouth, NH 03802-0477 

Application: To build seven dwelling units. Two units are proposed at 27 Ocean Avenue (Tax Map 223, Lot 13) which encompasses about two-thirds of an acre of land. Five units are proposed at 15 Ocean Avenue on the Park Entrance Motel lot (Tax Map 224, Lot 22) which encompasses ±8.02 acres of land. 

Project Location: 27 Ocean Avenue and 15 Ocean Avenue, respectively Tax Map 223, Lot 13 and Tax Map 224, Lot 22, encompassing a total of ±8.75 acres, according to town tax records

Districts: Hulls Cove Business and Shoreland General Development II (Hulls Cove)

Link to Application: SD-2022-03 Shore Cottages at Park Entrance Motel (submitted 6/16/2022)

Remote Participation Policy

The Planning Board has adopted a policy allowing for remote participation, as allowed under state law. A copy of that policy is available here.

At this time, due to the urgent issue of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the declarations of a public health emergency by both the US and Maine departments of Health & Human Services, that remote participation policy is in force and the Planning Board is conducting all its meetings fully remotely. Please contact the Planning & Code Enforcement office at (207) 288-3329 if you have questions about this.

Agendas, Packets, and Minutes

Applications & Procedures

Planning Board Applications, Procedures & Governing Documents

Calistra Martinez
(Term expires 2025)
Joseph Cough
(Term expires 2023)
Millard Dority, Chair
(Term expires 2023)
Elissa Chesler, Secretary
(Term expires 2024)
Ruth Eveland, Vice Chair
(Term expires 2024)
Earl Brechlin
(Term expires 2024)
Zachary Soares
(Term expires 2025)

Contact the Planning Board via email:

Please note: Sending an email to this address will go to all members of the Planning Board listed above, as well as town staff members in the Planning and Code Enforcement office: Planning Director Michele Gagnon, Code Enforcement Officer Angela Chamberlain, Deputy Code Enforcement Officer Mike Gurtler, Assistant Planner Steve Fuller and Administrative Assistant Tammy DesJardin.

If the message relates to a particular application before the Planning Board, that email will also be provided to the applicant. Any message sent to this email address is also considered a public record and may be subject to a request under the Maine Freedom of Access Act. Information that you wish to keep confidential should not be included in email correspondence to this address.

Contact information for individual Planning Board members is not provided, as anything sent to individual member(s) of the board and not all parties involved in the review of a particular application would constitute ex parte communication.