Cushing votes down site plan review ordinance

By Daniel Dunkle | Mar 18, 2019

Cushing — The votes are in from the Monday, March 18, election and Cushing residents voted down the proposed site plan review ordinance, 148-101.

The town has been without a site plan ordinance after a group of residents voted to abolish it in a town meeting. This has caused some concern about businesses locating in residential areas with no regulation beyond state statutes. Most local towns have ordinances to provide some guidelines.

The proposed ordinance also contained some regulations for medical marijuana facilities.

Selectmen Alton Grover and Martha Marchut ran unopposed for selectman seats. Craig Currie ran unopposed for seats on the Board of Assessors and the Budget Committee.

Town meeting will be held Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. at the Cushing Community Center.

Residents will vote on town expenditures. The amount to be raised through property taxes to support town services is $408,951, up about 1 percent ($4,554) from $404,397 last year, according to Grover.

Grover said he expects the mil rate will remain at $13.75, same as last year, if this budget passes.

The town meeting warrant can be viewed at cushing.maine.gov.

 

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