Planning Board

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.

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

Meetings

  • 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

Upcoming Meetings:

July 6, 2022 at 4 PM - Regular Monthly Meeting

The agenda for this meeting is available here.

Application materials for the projects on the agenda are posted below:"

Projects:

Public Hearing and Completeness/Compliance Review for Site Plan SP-2022-05 — JAX Lot B Access Project

Applicant/Owner: The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), 600 Main Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Application: The proposed project consists in the relocation of the access driveway to parking Lot B located on the west side of Main Street (Route 3) across from JAX. This relocation will separate the pedestrian traffic access crossing Route 3 from the main vehicular traffic entering and leaving the parking lot, improving pedestrian safety. 

The proposed access driveway is located approximately 250 feet north of the existing driveway. A new right turn-lane on Route 3 with a raised landscaped island will be installed for southbound traffic access to the parking lot. The existing right-turn lane and driveway pavement will be removed to provide additional landscaped area with sidewalk access between the parking lot and Route 3. A portion of this area will remain paved as a sidewalk to bring pedestrians from the parking area to the existing signaled Route 3 pedestrian crossing.

Location: The property is located across from the JAX campus (600 Main Street/Route 3) and known as Tax Map 115, Lot 21. The parcel encompasses a total of ±35.76 acres, according to town tax records. 

District: Scientific Research for Eleemosynary Purposes

Link to Application: SP-2022-05 — JAX Lot B Access Project


Completeness Review for Site Plan SP-2022-02 — Bar Harbor Community Solar

Applicant/Owner: Bar Harbor Community Solar, LLC, 6 Balsam Circle, New Harbor, Maine 04554

Application: To develop a large-scale (10.5 acres) ground-mounted solar energy system providing approximately 1.99 megawatts of power to the electrical grid.

Project Location: Off of Knox Road (Tax Map 220, Lot 67), encompassing a total of ±57.5 acres, according to town tax records

Districts: Town Hill Rural District, Shoreland Limited Residential and Resource Protection

Application Materials: Original application, part 1 of 2 (submitted 3/10/2022)


Public Hearing and Completeness/Compliance Review Site Plan SP-2022-04 — River Church 

Applicant: The River Church, 1182 State Highway 102, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609

Owner: Pentecostal Lighthouse, 1184 State Highway 102, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609

Application: Renovation of the existing 4,922 square feet building and construction of a 7,078 square feet addition. 

Location: The property is located 1182/1184 State Highway 102, Tax Map 235, Lot 3. The parcel encompasses a total of ±2.59 acres, according to town tax records. 

District: Town Hill Residential Corridor

Link to Application: SP-2022-04 — River Church


Sketch Plan Review for Subdivision SD-2022-06 – Natures Gift Subdivision

Applicant/Owner: Kay and William Koplovitz Trustees, 1115 State Highway 3, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609

Application: To subdivide a 35.08-acre lot into four lots.

Project Location: 1115 State Highway 3 (Tax Map 213, Lot 5-1), encompassing a total of ±35.08 acres, according to town tax records

Districts: Shoreland Limited Residential and Town Hill Residential

Link to Application: SD-2022-06 - Nature's Gift Subdivision (submitted 6/16/2022)


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
Members


Tom St. Germain, Chair
(Term expires 2022)
Joseph Cough, Vice Chair
(Term expires 2023)
Millard Dority, Secretary
(Term expires 2023)
Elissa Chesler
(Term expires 2024)
Ruth Eveland
(Term expires 2024)
Earl Brechlin
(Term expires 2024)
Zachary Soares
(Term expires 2022)


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 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.