OWLS HEAD — Two long-standing, stalled projects got approved March 14 by the Owls Head Planning Board.

An events center has been proposed by Christina and Jeff Woodman for their 32-acre Ash Point Farm at 35 Ash Point Drive. That received approval at the March 14 meeting.

At a record-smashing turnout at an Aug. 30, 2021, town meeting, residents overwhelmingly approved an ordinance to allow events centers on parcels of 15 acres or larger. The 142 to 87 vote came after residents launched a petition drive to adopt the ordinance as the project was stalled at the Planning Board level over whether an events center was an allowed use in the zone.

Also at the March 14 Planning Board meeting, Code Enforcement Officer Scott Bickford said the Knox County Regional Airport’s proposal for new hangars was approved.

Airport Manager Jeremy Shaw said the first phase will be eight hangars and a second phase will be 15 additional hangars. The airport manager said the county will lease properties and the people leasing the land would build the hangars.

The number of leases will depend on the number of people interested in building hangars. Shaw said he anticipates there will be 23 new leases at some point, but not in the foreseeable future.

Current county leases are good for a 20-year initial period, with the ability to extend the lease four times in 10-year increments. The total lease term if all extensions are used is 60 years.

Construction on the first hangar could begin after mid-April.

The hangars are expected to generate additional property taxes for the town.