Hope voters to decide on land use ordinance updates
Hope — For the last four years, various town committees have been working to update the land use ordinance and the updates will go before voters in November.
Town Administrator Jon Duke said the proposed ordinance is similar to what is currently in place, but it has been updated to reflect the 2008 regulatory updates from Maine Department of Environmental Protection.
The document also includes guidelines for the placement of wind towers, wireless towers and itinerant peddlers.
Homeowners wishing to own a wind tower must meet setback, height and noise requirements. The tower cannot be more than 100 feet tall for residences or 140 feet for a school, according to the ordinance.
Rules have also been placed in the ordinance to regulate peddlers, which requires the person(s) to obtain a permit from the town's code enforcement officer and also requires an inspection of the proposed location by a police officer prior to the start of the operation, the ordinance states.
The town also is proposing to reduce four zoning districts to two. The plan would combine the existing two zones in South Hope, which when combined will cover much of the distance of Route 17, Duke said. The Hope Corner zone would be eliminated and an area currently zoned for development on Route 105 near the Camden town line will be updated because many of the lots have covenants in place to prevent commercial activity, which essentially makes the current zone useless, the town administrator said.
An ordinance review committee worked for about two-and-a-half years on the updates before the board of selectmen voted to turn it over to the planning board to finish the job.
The complete ordinance can be found at the town's website: hopemaine.org.