ME DEP Proposing Shoreland Zoning Amendment

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ME DEP Proposing Shoreland Zoning Amendment

quote: Jordan Ventures of Kingfield wants the zoning change, which would change the setback from 250 to 100 feet. Jordan hopes to develop eight-to-10 lots in its subdivision on Hancock Pond.

This article is very confusing. Is it the current zoning ordinance or the proposed change that effects the development?I really don't understand how Jordan Ventures can expect a zoning change in a zone that is mandated by State Law. Either the property is in the Shoreland Zone or it is not. How can a municipality arbitrarily change the zoning in a Shoreland Zone?If they get a zoning change, I don't see how anyone with property in the shoreland zone could be denied the same acommodation. Any of our resident lawyers care to comment?

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ME DEP Proposing Shoreland Zoning Amendment

Kennebec Journal
Sunday, November 14, 2004Plan: Save water; limit growth
By LARRY GRARD
Staff WriterCopyright © 2004 Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc.AUGUSTA — If adopted, a new Department of Environmental Protection policy would curtail development around bodies of water that supply public drinking water.Richard P. Baker, the DEP's state shoreland zoning coordinator, said Tuesday that the agency has compiled a written draft, ready for public consumption. The new guidelines probably will be adopted in the spring, he said.The new policy would prohibit development within 1,000 feet on each side of a water-intake line. It could deter or curtail development along sources of clean water such as Hancock Pond in Embden, where developers are planning a subdivision.“Towns would have to amend their ordinances,” Baker said. “The shoreland zoning statute does not talk about drinking water, but it does talk about water quality.”Full story:
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quote: Jordan Ventures of Kingfield wants the zoning change, which would change the setback from 250 to 100 feet. Jordan hopes to develop eight-to-10 lots in its subdivision on Hancock Pond.Young said the new DEP law could cut as many as four lots off Jordan's plan. "As soon as it becomes law, it would have an effect," Young said. "The way that land is situated, I don't think there are too many alternatives. That certainly would hit them for a good piece of their ground."Young added that Jordan has made a substantial investment in the purchase of its land around Hancock Pond.

That's the breaks. It's DRINKING water.
One could argue that the buffer zone around the intake might add to the value of the six lots that CAN be developed.

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