Camden residents will be asked to vote on two proposed development districts at a special town meeting to be held immediately after a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Wearing T-shirts bearing the logo for the 20th annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships, Select Board members Anita Brosius-Scott, John French, Morgan Laidlaw and Chairwoman Karen Grove met Feb. 2 to review a proposal created by Camden’s Economic Development Advisory Committee and the Eaton Peabody Consulting Group of Augusta.

Representing Eaton Peabody, Mathew Eddy spoke to the board, describing two tax increment financing districts. A Business Highway Development and Tax Increment Financing District would encompass Route 1 from the Rockport line to Elm Street near Belmont Avenue, and the Downtown TIF District would comprise the area that is generally considered the downtown business zone.

Eddy offered projections as to the tax income that would be set aside for development in the two zones, and said the highway TIF fund would be used, in part, to create revenue for projects in the downtown zone.

An application for the TIF districts must be approved by voters before it is submitted to the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development by the end of March.

Eddy described a list of proposed projects to be done with the possible revenues, as well as the process for prioritizing those projects. The application recommends that CEDAC act as an advisory committee to the Select Board, which would be responsible for making final decisions within the parameters laid out in the application.

Under intense questioning by Brosius-Scott, Eddy said the town could amend its project list, and the districts themselves could be redefined, at a future date, if the town held a vote to do so.

Brosius-Scott said the list of proposed projects appeared to be unrelated to job development and economic growth, or included things the town provided for as part of its regular annual budget process. Eddy countered by saying that any enhancements to the downtown area that make Camden more attractive to visitors, or entice residents to shop in their hometown, would ultimately make the downtown area more appealing to prospective employers.

Brosius-Scott also pointed to discrepancies in the way the projected costs were added up, as some were listed as costs spread over the 20-year term of the TIFs and others were annual expenses that would add up considerably over the 20 years.

Grove said she wasn’t sure that CEDAC’s membership was well enough versed in how TIFs work, and Eddy replied that the town could contract with his firm or another consultant if challenging questions arose as the process moved forward.

The board voted unanimously to approve the warrant for a special town meeting, with Brosius-Scott adding that she supported the TIFs in concept, but was not comfortable with the list of proposed uses for the funds they might generate.

“I don’t like to adopt a development project where the numbers are weird,” she said.

In other business, the board approved a letter of intent for the Camden Affordable Housing Committee to apply for federal Community Development Block Grant funds for mortgage assistance at Lupine Terrace. Neal Williamson, Jan MacKinnon and Joel Blaemaster were appointed to serve on the Parking, Traffic and Transportation Committee.

Copies of the TIF documents are available at the Camden Town Office. The public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 23 will begin at 7 p.m. and the special town meeting will begin at 8 p.m.