Public Hearing - Proposed Village District

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 7:00pm
Kendall Meeting Room, John C. Coombs Municipal Building at 13 School Street
Bowdoinham event


Since the adoption of the Comprehensive Plan in June of 2014, the Planning Board has received requests to create a Village District, in order to alleviate some of the requirements for the many legally non-conforming lots and buildings in the village area.  There are many lots and buildings within the downtown area that were created before the Town had dimensional requirements.  Now these lots don’t have the minimum lot size or frontage and/or their buildings do not meet the required setbacks.  The Land Use Section of the Comprehensive Plan calls for the area in and around the village to be the Town’s growth area.  However, many of the lots within this area either don’t meet or just meet the dimensional requirements of the ordinance.  Therefore, the dimensional requirements within this area would need to change to allow for growth in this designated growth area. 

In order to start the process of creating a village district, the Planning Board has created these two draft District Maps to illustrate some of the Town’s options.  In creating a village district, there are several options for the community to consider.  The Planning Board would like your input and thoughts regarding the creation of a village district and the standards for the proposed district(s), so that they can create a proposal that will serve the Town and its residents in a positive manner.  

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please feel free to contact Nicole Briand at 666-5531 or (or a Planning Board member) to discuss this proposal, we want to hear your thoughts!