Planning Board


IMPORTANT NOTICE RELATED TO COVID-19:



Staff is working with applicants to continue moving projects forward within the parameters of town ordinance and state statute, using Zoom to conduct meetings. Anyone with questions about a pending or planned project is encouraged to contact Planning Director Michele Gagnon by emailing planner@barharbormaine.gov for more information.




PLANNING BOARD MEETING — WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2021 AT 4:00 PM


IMPORTANT NOTICE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY



1. As the town and/or the state declaration(s) of emergency due to COVID-19 remain in effect, the meeting will be held remotely via the online video meeting platform Zoom, instead of in person at the Municipal Building.

2. This meeting will be broadcast live on Spectrum channel 7 (in Bar Harbor) and streamed online at https://townhallstreams.com/towns/bar_harbor_me. It will also be archived on the website for later viewing after the meeting.

3. Members of the public are welcome to take part in the meeting via the Zoom webinar. The webinar can be accessed and joined by going to the website https://zoom.us and clicking the “Join a Meeting” button. When prompted, enter the meeting ID (860 2399 8429) followed by the passcode (414398). You will be prompted to enter your name and email address. To join by phone, dial (301) 715-8592 and enter the numbers listed above when prompted. The webinar can also be accessed and joined by clicking on this direct link: https://us02web.zoom.us/s/86023998429?pwd=aDd0WkRMWE9WMFRTYTlCdmNHV3N5UT09

4. Following standard Planning Board practice, speakers will be asked to identify themselves at the beginning of their comments and limit themselves to three minutes.


I. CALL TO ORDER

II. ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA


III. EXCUSED ABSENCES

IV. PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
The Planning Board allows up to 15 minutes of public comment on any subject not on the agenda and not a pending application before the board, with a maximum of three minutes per person.

V. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

a. February 3, 2021

VI. REGULAR BUSINESS

a. Recommendation of the Planning Board, to be posted on the warrant for the Town Meeting of the Town of Bar Harbor on June 8, 2021, to adopt or reject a Land Use Ordinance Amendment, dated December 16, 2020 and entitled “Signage”

b. Subdivision Plan Compliance Review for SD-2020-05 — JAX Route 3 Housing

Project Location: Tax Map 115, Lot 21 off Main Street/Route 3 and encompassing a total of ±35.76 acres, according to town tax records. The subject land is in the Scientific Research for Eleemosynary Purposes district.
Applicant/Owner: The Jackson Laboratory (JAX)

Application: The applicant proposes a residential development to be used exclusively by JAX employees. The project will be accessed via Woodlands Lane. It will consist of two, three-story buildings providing a total of 24 units (in a combination of 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom configurations). The project will utilize town water and sewer.



VII. OTHER BUSINESS

VIII. BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR THE NEXT AGENDA

IX. REVIEW OF PENDING PLANNING BOARD PROJECTS

a. SD-2021-01 — Harbor Lights
b. PUD-2021-01 — Jones Marsh

X. ADJOURNMENT


Workshop Agenda — Wednesday, March 3, 2021
(immediately following end of 4 PM meeting)


I. Accessory Dwelling Units (continuation of discussion from Feb. 3, 2021 meeting)

II. Discussion on rooftop parking
(request of Planning Board chairman)





                                                                                                                      

PLANNING BOARD MEETING — WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2021
This meeting was broadcast live on Spectrum channel 7 (in Bar Harbor) and streamed online at https://townhallstreams.com/towns/bar_harbor_me. It is also archived on that website for later viewing after the meeting.

V. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

a. January 6, 2021

VI. REGULAR BUSINESS
a.
Discussion on density


b. Subdivision Plan Compliance Review/Public Hearing for SD-2020-05 — JAX Route 3 Housing
Project Location: Tax Map 115, Lot 21 off Main Street/Route 3 and encompassing a total of ±35.76 acres, according to town tax records. The subject land is in the Scientific Research for Eleemosynary Purposes district.
Applicant/Owner: The Jackson Laboratory (JAX)
Application: The applicant proposes a residential development to be used exclusively by JAX employees. The project will be accessed via Woodlands Lane. It will consist of two, three-story buildings providing a total of 24 units (in a combination of 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom configurations). The project will utilize town water and sewer.

c. Sketch Plan Review for PUD-2021-01 — Jones Marsh Affordable Housing Development
Project Location: Tax Map 212, Lot 43-1 off of State Route 3 and encompassing a total of 30 acres according to town tax records. The subject land is the Town Hill Residential and Town Hill Rural districts.
Applicant/Owner: Island Housing Trust
Application: The applicant proposes to subdivide a 30-acre property into nine lots (8 buildable for residential use, 1 remainder). Six of the buildable lots would have single-family homes and two of the buildable lots would have two-family homes, for a total of 10 dwelling units.

d. Sketch Plan Review for SD-2021-01 — Harbor Lights
Project Location: 18 Hamor Lane (Tax Map 216, Lot 50), encompassing a total of 58.97 acres according to town tax records. The subject land is in the following districts: Shoreland Limited Residential, Hulls Cove Residential Corridor, Hulls Cove Rural, Resource Protection and Ireson Hill Residential. The proposed development would be located on a portion of the lot in the Shoreland Limited Residential, Hulls Cove Residential Corridor and Hulls Cove Rural districts.
Applicant/Owner: Christopher Maller Revocable Trust, Christopher Maller trustee
Application: The applicant proposes to construct a total of 40 dwelling units (two single-family homes, 15 two-family homes and two, four-unit buildings) on public sewer and public water.

VII. OTHER BUSINESS
a. Update on Town Council action on vacation rentals


                                                                                                                                                                           


PLANNING BOARD MEETING — WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2021


Please note this meeting was held remotely (via Zoom) and broadcast live on Spectrum channel 7 (in Bar Harbor) and streamed online at:https://townhallstreams.com/towns/bar_harbor_me. It is also archived there for viewing after the meeting.


V. APPROVAL OF MINUTES


a. December 2, 2020

VI. REGULAR BUSINESS
a. Subdivision Plan Completeness Review for SD-2020-05 — JAX Route 3 Housing
Project Location: Tax Map 115, Lot 21 off Main Street/Route 3 and encompassing a total of ±35.76 acres, according to town tax records. The subject land is in the Scientific Research for Eleemosynary Purposes district.
Applicant/Owner: The Jackson Laboratory (JAX)
Application: The applicant proposes a residential development to be used exclusively by JAX employees. The project will be accessed via Woodlands Lane. It will consist of two, three-story buildings providing a total of 24 units (in a combination of 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom configurations). The project will utilize town water and sewer.

b. Public Hearing — Draft Warrant Article — LAND USE ORDINANCE AMENDMENT — Signage — Shall an ordinance, dated December 16, 2020, and entitled “An amendment to amend existing regulations regarding certain types of internally illuminated signs, establish a color temperature limit for externally illuminated signs, amend what types of sign may be replaced without Design Review Board review, and add related definitions” be enacted?

c. Public Hearing — Draft Warrant Article — LAND USE ORDINANCE AMENDMENT — Regulation of Short-Term Rentals — Shall an ordinance, dated December 16, 2020, and entitled “An amendment to regulate short-term rentals by creating and defining vacation rental-1 and vacation rental-2 uses to be allowed in certain districts, establish specific standards for vacation rental-1 and vacation rental-2, and amend and add related definitions” be enacted?

  • Draft order - Regulation of Short-Term Rentals - December 16, 2020

d. Public Hearing — Draft Warrant Article — LAND USE ORDINANCE AMENDMENT — Prohibition of Transferability of Short-Term Rental Registrations — Shall an ordinance, dated December 16, 2020, and entitled “An amendment to prohibit the transfer of short-term rental registrations, and add related definitions” be enacted?

Note: A report titled, "Regulating Vacation Rentals — Bar Harbor, Maine" has been prepared documenting the process that went into developing the two draft orders posted above relating to vacation rentals, the data that was used and the discussions that took place over the course of the 12 months that led to this point. It provides necessary and important context for what went into the draft orders above, which goes beyond the formal strike-through and underlined language found in the draft order documents. It is available by clicking here.

VII. OTHER BUSINESS
a. Review proposed amendments to Chapter 31 (Boards, Committees and Commissions), Article IX (Planning Board) and make decision to send to Town Council for review.
b. Discussion on density



                                                                                                                                                                                   


PLANNING BOARD MEETING — WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2020

Please note, this meeting was held remotely and broadcast via Town Hall Streams and Spectrum channel 7. It can be viewed on the Town Hall Streams website: https://townhallstreams.com/towns/bar_harbor_me.


V. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

a. October 28, 2020

VI. REGULAR BUSINESS
a. Subdivision Sketch Plan Review for SD-2020-05 — JAX Route 3 Housing
Project Location: Tax Map 115, Lot 21 off Main Street/Route 3 and encompassing a total of ±35.76 acres, according to town tax records. The subject land is in the Scientific Research for Eleemosynary Purposes district.

Applicant/Owner: The Jackson Laboratory (JAX)
Application: The applicant proposes a residential development to be used exclusively by JAX employees. The project will be accessed via Woodlands Lane. It will consist of one or two, three-story building(s) providing 24 to 30, 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom units. The project will utilize town water and sewer.


b. Completeness and Public Hearing/Compliance Review for SP-2020-05 — BaseCamp Guesthouses, LLC
Project Location: 2 Bogue Chitto Lane; Tax Map 224, Lot 8-1, totaling 0.53± acres of land in the Hulls Cove Business zoning district.
Owner/Applicant: BaseCamp Guesthouses, LLC (Taylor Massey, manager — 52 Alder Street, Suite 1, Portland, ME 04101)
Application: To construct a two-building complex containing six TA-2 units for year-round use.

VII. OTHER BUSINESS
a. Review proposed amendments to Chapter 31 (Boards, Committees and Commissions), Article IX (Planning Board) and make decision to send to Town Council for review.
b. Update on, and consideration of scheduling public hearing for, proposed LUO amendments relating to signage



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


PLANNING BOARD MEETING — WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28, 2020
Please note, this meeting was held remotely and broadcast via Town Hall Streams and Spectrum channel 7. It can be viewed on the Town Hall Streams website: https://townhallstreams.com/towns/bar_harbor_me.

V. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
       a. September 30, 2020

VI. REGULAR BUSINESS
a. Public Hearing/Compliance Review for SP-2020-04 (formerly SD-2019-05) — The Crossing at Town Hill
Project Location: 1338 State Highway 102; Tax Map 227, Lot 16, totaling 2.0± acres of land in the Town Hill Business zoning district.
Owners/Applicants: Paul and Jane Weathersby
Application: To develop a single, new structure containing eight TA-2 units and to additionally convert two dwelling units in a separate, existing building on the property (“the Barn”) into two TA-2 units. The total number of TA-2 units on the property would be 10.


b. Completeness Review for SP-2020-05 — BaseCamp Guesthouses, LLC
Project Location: 2 Bogue Chitto Lane; Tax Map 224, Lot 8-1, totaling 0.53± acres of land in the Hulls Cove Business zoning district.
Owner/Applicant: BaseCamp Guesthouses, LLC (Taylor Massey, manager — 52 Alder Street, Suite 1, Portland, ME 04101)
Application: To construct a two-building complex containing six TA-2 units for year-round use.


VII. OTHER BUSINESS
a. 2021/early 2022 Planning Board calendar (meeting schedule)
b. Briefing on possible Land Use Ordinance changes, RE: lighting definitions and replacement signs




                                                                                                                                                                                      

PLANNING BOARD MEETING — WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 30, 2020


Please note, this meeting was held remotely and broadcast via Town Hall Streams and Spectrum channel 7. It can be viewed on the Town Hall Streams website: https://townhallstreams.com/towns/bar_harbor_me.

V. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
a. September 2, 2020

  • Draft minutes

VI. REGULAR BUSINESS
a. Completeness Review for SP-2020-04 (formerly SD-2019-05) — The Crossing at Townhill
Project Location: 1338 State Highway 102; Tax Map 227, Lot 16, totaling 2.0± acres of land in the Town Hill Business zoning district.
Owners/Applicants: Paul and Jane Weathersby
Application: To develop a single, new structure containing eight TA-2 units and to additionally convert two dwelling units in a separate, existing building on the property (“the Barn”) into two TA-2 units. The total number of TA-2 units on the property would be 10.

VII. OTHER BUSINESS
a. Chapter 31 (Boards, Committees and Commissions), Article IX (Planning Board)

b. Planning Board Rules of Procedure

VIII. BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR THE NEXT AGENDA

IX. REVIEW OF PENDING PLANNING BOARD PROJECTS


X. ADJOURNMENT



Workshop Agenda
Bar Harbor Planning Board
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 — immediately after 4 PM meeting


IMPORTANT NOTICE — THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD REMOTELY

Note: The Sept. 30 meeting will be followed immediately by a workshop focused on density requirements and regulations in the town’s Land Use Ordinance, a continuation of a discussion that began at a workshop held immediately after the board’s most recent regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept 2.

No action will be taken during the workshop session, only discussion.

I. Discussion on density requirements and regulations in the town’s Land Use Ordinance



                                                                                                                                                                                                                          



PLANNING BOARD MEETING — WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2020 AT 4:00 PM


Please note, this meeting was held remotely and broadcast via Town Hall Streams and Spectrum channel 1303. It can be viewed on the Town Hall Streams website: https://townhallstreams.com/towns/bar_harbor_me.


VII. REGULAR BUSINESS


(Please note: Agenda Item VII. a. was withdrawn by the applicant on July 27, 2020)


a. Completeness Review for SD-2019-05 —The Crossing at Townhill Subdivision/Site Plan

Project Location: 1338 State Highway 102; Tax Map 227, Lot 16, totaling 2.0± acres of land in the Town Hill Business zoning district.

Owners/Applicants: Paul and Jane Weathersby

Application: To construct a single structure to contain eight TA-2 units and two year-round dwelling units. This new building would be the third residential building on the subject parcel.


b. Completeness Review PUD-2020-02 -Subdivision/Planned Unit Development (Outlying Area)—Schooner Head Housing

Project Location: Tax Map 253, Lots 10 and 11 on Schooner Head Road; encompassing a total of ±40.24 acres, according to town tax records. The subject land is all in the Village Residential zoning district.

Applicant/Owner: The Jackson Laboratory

Application: The applicant proposes a multi-family residential subdivision on Schooner Head Road. The first phase is the construction of 44units in one three-story and four two-story buildings. The project will include peripheral parking areas, internal walkways and communal green space. The project will connect to the town water system and use an on-site private septic system.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      



Meetings

  • 1st Wednesday of each month at 4 PM in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Building (93 Cottage Street)

Agendas, Packets, and Minutes


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Members


  • Tom St. Germain, Chair
    Term expires 2022
  • Joseph Cough, Vice Chair
    Term expires 2023
  • Erica Brooks, Secretary
    Term expires 2021

  • Millard Dority
    Term expires 2023

  • Basil Eleftheriou Jr.
    Term expires 2021

Contact the Planning Board via email


  planningboard@barharbormaine.gov

Please note: Sending an email to this address will go to all members of the Planning Board, as well as town staff. If it relates to a particular project, that email will also be provided to the applicant.

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 a particular project would constitute ex parte communication.


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