Neighbors oppose take-out stand in Owls Head
Owls Head — A large group of neighbors on Ballyhac Road have organized to express opposition to a planned take-out food stand, saying it does not meet the criteria for the town's zoning, would detract from the rural character of the neighborhood and would increase traffic.
The Zoning Board of Appeals is set to meet on the issue Friday, Jan. 31, at 5:30 p.m. at the Owls Head Town Office.
A take-out food stand called Beachside Grill has been proposed on Ballyhac Road, the road that goes from Dublin Road down toward Birch Point State Park. In town documents the project has been listed at both 88 Ballyhac Road and at 90 Ballyhac Road.
Friends of Ballyhac Road, a group of 23 neighbors, have written to the zoning board arguing the project should not be allowed.
The Owls Head Planning Board approved permits for the take-out stand in August 2012, to be operated as a "home occupation/home-based" business.
The group argues it does not meet the zoning criteria for a home-based business and instead is a commercial restaurant. The property is in the town's rural-residential zone, which does not allow commercial businesses or restaurants, according to the ordinance.
The group said they are also concerned about increased noise, litter, smells and traffic.
Courier-Gazette Editor Daniel Dunkle can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 122 or email@example.com.
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Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and news director for Courier Publications. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, who also works for Courier Publications, and two children.
Dunkle has previously served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He has worked as a reporter and photographer in the Midcoast for 15 years.