St. George accepts zone changes, state approval still needed
St. George — A special town meeting held Jan. 22 resulted in resident approval of zone changes for multiple properties in town.
Cod End and the East Wind Inn in Tenants Harbor received approval for a transfer from a Commercial Fishing/Marine Use zone to a Limited Commercial district.
Port Clyde General Store Complex LLC was also given municipal approval for the same change.
With the vote, Sunshine LLC in Tenants Harbor — previously in a Marine Residential zone — converted to a Limited Commercial zone.
A residence in Tenants Harbor is also now considered to be in a Marine Residential district rather than a Commercial Fisheries/Marine Use district.
"The change will not alter work habits [of fishermen]," Code Enforcement Officer Terry Brackett said last week.
Limited commercial zoning allows property owners more options, allowing residential and commercial activity, he added.
The change will bring the properties into conformance with the ordinance.
The state Department of Environmental Protection will need to approve the municipal change through the mandatory Shoreland Zoning Act, which was enacted in 1972 to regulate land-use within 250 feet of a wetland, lake or ocean. This act includes land within 75 feet of certain streams.
Brackett said state acceptance could take 30 days.
Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext.118 or via email at email@example.com.