OWLS HEAD — Two members of the Owls Head Planning Board have filed an appeal in court related to its Board’s approval of new hangars at the Knox County Regional Airport.

The appeal was filed Monday, Aug. 29 in the Knox County court. Planning Board members Ken Wexler and Russell Wolfertz filed the appeal. The two had opposed the hangar project when it came before the town Planning Board.

The pair is asking the court to remand the matter back to the Zoning Board of Appeals so that the Appeals Board can decide on the merits of their arguments.

The court appeal points out that both Wexler and Wolfertz live near the airport and are impacted by noise which they argue will increase with the additional hangars.

The Planning Board approved a two-phase project that would total 23 new hangars at a March 14 meeting.

An appeal was filed to the Zoning Board of Appeals on April 19. The Zoning Board voted July 14 not to hear the appeal, ruling that the appellants had failed to meet the 30-day deadline to appeal following the Planning Board action.  Wexler and Wolfertz claim, however, that the final decision of the Planning Board on the hangar project was not taken until June 14 when the Planning Board approved the minutes of the March 14 meeting.

The pair also argue that several of the hangars will fall into a shoreland zone that is included in the town’s resource protection district.

The pair are represented by attorney Gordon Smith of Portland.

Wexler has been saying at public meetings that an appeal to court was forthcoming.

Residents voted Aug. 29 at their annual town meeting to impose a six-month moratorium on any projects at the airport.

No date has been scheduled for the court to hear the matter.