Meeting set for Jan. 2

Fox Hill decision deferred to later date by Planning Board

By Stephanie Grinnell | Dec 12, 2013
Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell Fox Hill, located at 235 Bay View St.

Camden — A decision on the proposal for a high-end alcohol and substance abuse rehabilitation center at Fox Hill on Bay View Street was deferred to a later date - Jan. 2 at 5 p.m. at Camden Opera House - based on an informal poll of Planning Board members.

Several hours of public participation by residents, lawyers and other interested parties did not end until shortly before 8 p.m. Dec. 12. Planning Board Vice Chairman Lowrie Sargent said after the public comment portion of the meeting that Planning Board members had previously agreed if public comment went beyond 7 p.m., they would not begin their own discussions. He asked members of the board if that agreement still stood; it was affirmed.

"We believe our deliberations will last an hour and a half," Sargent said. " ... based on informal polling of the board, we will have deliberations next time we meet."

Code Enforcement Officer Stephen Wilson said availability of the Opera House will dictate the date of the next meeting, as well as advertising the meeting on the town website and in local media. He said he anticipated the Planning Board would not be able to meet in the Opera House until after the new year.

"Discussions will be limited to us up here [at the continued meeting]," Sargent noted. "Sorry to those of you who wanted to get a decision tonight."

The Jan. 2 meeting is considered a continuation of the Dec. 12 hearing.

The Planning Board has been meeting since spring to decide if a special exception to the Coastal-Residential zone to allow substance abuse treatment facilities has merit. Should the Planning Board approve, the issue then would go to the Select Board for additional public hearings before a vote by residents. If voters approve the special exception, the investors in Fox Hill Real Estate LLC could begin the site plan process with the Planning Board, determining particular site requirements for anticipated tenant McLean Hospital.

This story will be updated.

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Stephanie has served as editor of Camden Herald since its return in April 2012.

Previously, she was editor of VillageSoup's Capital Weekly in Augusta and has worked a number of years in the newspaper business from southern Maine to Waldo County.

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