Hope votes to adopt updated land use ordinance
Hope — On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Hope voters approved adoption of an updated land use ordinance by a vote of 559 in favor to 326 against; there were an additional 64 blank ballots cast on the issue. The updated land use ordinance is the result of more than four years of work by various town committees, according to previously published reports.
The new ordinance doesn't differ greatly from the existing ordinance, but reflects regulatory updates implemented by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection in 2008, said Town Administrator Jon Duke in a previously published report.
The updated land use ordinance will pare the town's four zoning districts down to two, combining the existing two zones in South Hope into a single district covering the majority of Route 17, Duke explained in a September interview. The Hope Corner zone will be eliminated and an area historically 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 effectively rendered that zone useless under the previous ordinance, the town administrator said in a previously published report.
The new land use ordinance also includes regulations for wind turbines. Requirements include height limitations, the maximum height is 100 feet for a residential turbine and 140 feet for a turbine at a school. Land owners wishing to install a wind turbine must also do so in a manner that meets acceptable noise and setback requirements, according to the newly approved land use ordinance.
The updated ordinance also introduces standards for wireless telecommunications facilities and peddlers.
The ordinance states that it seeks "to provide reasonable rules and guidelines for the placement, conduct, and operation of itinerant peddlers within the Town." Peddlers will now be required to obtain a permit from the code enforcement officer and undergo an inspection of their proposed peddling location by a police officer prior to setting up operations, according to the ordinance.
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