ROCKLAND — While no vote was taken, Mayor Ed Glaser summed up the sentiment of the Rockland City Council Sept. 27c, when he said there was pretty much unanimous agreement on the Council that a city-owned vacant lot on Rockland Street should not be a parking lot.

The Council met Sept. 27 and one topic discussed was a proposal to use the land as a parking lot, particularly for overflow parking from the Maine State Ferry Terminal.

Neighbors turned out on the Zoom meeting to voice opposition to the proposal.

The city acquired the three contiguous lots in March 2016 for nonpayment of property taxes. The property totals slightly more than a half acre.

The property was the home of Ronald and Mona Shafter, as well as the Shafter junkyard. The Shafter junkyard business was founded in 1914 by Ronald Shafter’s grandfather, David Shafter, and operated for nearly 100 years.

City Manager Tom Luttrell said without more extensive clean up, the property cannot be used for any residential or commercial development.

The Maine Department of Transportation wants to create a parking lot at the site to handle overflow vehicles from the nearby Maine State Ferry Terminal. The state budgeted $293,000 for the park-and-ride lot. The city would have had to kick in $60,000 for the project before a design would be completed and given to the city.

The city manager said it would cost at least $400,000 to remove the top two-feet of soils on the property, which is contaminated from the decades as a junkyard.

Pine Street resident Emma Wendt said she opposed using the lot for parking. She said there was ample parking lot elsewhere and was skeptical that the lot would be used for carpooling as park and rides are touted. In addition, she said adding parking goes against the state’s goals to reduce emissions. Wendt said the city would be adding impervious surface.

Amy Files of Pleasant Street said parking lots do not co-exist well with residences. There is noise from car doors opening and closing, engines revving up and light pollution from headlights.

Katrina Saucier of Rockland Street said a parking lot would add traffic to a small residential street where children live.

Tina Lavie of James Street said more parking lots were not needed. She said the city should not cap off the problem by adding asphalt, but instead should clean up the lot of pollutants.

The City Council also held a workshop Sept. 27 on the proposed inclusionary zoning ordinance.

At its Sept. 13 meeting, the Council gave preliminary approval to an “inclusionary” zoning ordinance. This ordinance would require developers of larger residential developments to set aside a certain percentage of the units as affordable, based on the median income of the community.

The proposed ordinance would cover any new construction or substantial renovation to six or more residential units. Twenty percent of the units would need to be affordable for workforce housing.

Developers could pay a a fee of $150,000 per unit to the city in lieu of providing the affordable housing units.

Developers of hotels would be required to set aside one affordable housing unit for every 10 rooms they plan to build. Hotel developers could pay $5,000 per unit they are constructing in lieu of creating an affordable housing unit.