~ Bridgton News ~
I figured I would start this thread because I seem to start so many other threads having to do with what is going on in Bridgton...whether it is town politics, new businesses, big drug busts, or whatever.
So lets open this thread with this one.
Tom Churches’ go-kart and family entertainment project on Route 302 will have to wait until he has a complete application, the Bridgton Planning Board ruled Tuesday.
Churches expressed dismay after the vote, saying his engineer, George Sawyer, assured him he had provided everything the board needed to begin the site plan review process. He declined further comment.
The thing is that Churches is not new to town and has owned multiple businesses in this town for a number of years, so he knows what he needs to have done to be prepared.
The things that were missing in this application were the following:
A purchase agreement for the land for this business.
The letter from the bank on his ability to finance this venture were short on details. All T.D. Bank said in a letter to the planning board was he was considering financing for the land.
Building sketches were not detailed enough. He mentions 4 buildings, but there were only three in the sketches.
The town's site plan review ordinance requires a detailed landscaping plan. There is no mention of lighting, noise of the cars, and this is a huge concern by the abuttors as one of them is a drive-in movie theater that has been there for more than 50 years.
There is no plan detailing how he is going to deal with wastewater or well water. This area of town is not on the town's public water or sewer supply lines.
This land also has some wetlands on the site and is missing a topography map.
He was missing the permit or application for permit for a stormwater permet from the DEP.
He was missing the soil tests and tests for phosphorus conrol mitigation from runoff.
And finally, he had said there were going to be an entrance and exit on both Route 302 and Home Run Road, but in the sketches there were no entrance or exits present on Home Run Road.
Churches is blaming Sawyer Engineering & Surveying for not having all of this done. I don't buy it because he should have checked to make sure that everything was correct before submitting the application. There are way to many things missing here for this guy to have not known. He should have known everything that was going to be required of him to have filled out and or done according to the site plan ordinance. If he did not, he could have requested a copy of it. Now he has wasted the boards time by going through all of this by not being prepared.