Rockland OKs zoning to promote business park

By Stephen Betts | Oct 11, 2018
Source: File photo Rockland gave preliminary approval Oct. 10 to zoning changes to promote the development of a business park off Pleasant Street.

Rockland — The Rockland City Council gave unanimous preliminary approval Wednesday night, Oct. 10, to making zone changes that would promote the development of a business park out of about 20 acres on Pleasant Street.

City Manager Tom Luttrell said that while the city would not be creating the business park, the changes would allow a private developer to come in and create the development.

There are five contiguous privately-owned parcels on the south side of Pleasant Street that are currently a mix of residential B and transitional B 2 zones, but which would become a business park zone under the ordinance change.

In addition to the zone change, the council voted to lift a weight limit for vehicles using Pleasant Street from Belvidere Street to Broadway. This would allow larger trucks to reach the lots. Councillors also gave preliminary approval to changing the terms of a business park zone to allow buildings to cover more of the lot.

The largest lot of the five eyed for a business park is nearly 12 acres owned by MaineHealth, where the home health office building sits. Another two are residential lots owned by Everett Mank. The Rockland Little League ballfield is another of the lots. Even if the zone is finalized, a ballfield will be an allowed use in the business park, meaning that the Little League can remain there, but if the association wants to move, the land could be developed for business use.

The council will hold a formal public hearing and final vote on the changes at its Nov. 14 meeting.

City officials have pointed out that there is a shortage of developable land in the city for commercial and light industrial uses.

Councilor Adam Ackor voiced support for the changes. He said Rockland has a lot to offer businesses. Ackor said if this is successful, the development would broaden Rockland's tax base and offer some property tax relief to homeowners.

Comments (6)
Posted by: Valerie Wass | Oct 13, 2018 19:55

Will this approval cause the tax base to go down for the next coming year?  I seriously doubt it.

I am tired of hearing "offer some property tax relief to homeowners".  It just doesn't happen.  Hasn't for how many years??


Posted by: Valerie Wass | Oct 13, 2018 19:53

Yes, there has been major change but....


Did the city tax base go down over the last thirty years?   Did it stay the same for two or three years?  Or did it keep going up little by little?


Posted by: Valerie Wass | Oct 13, 2018 19:49

First of all, Councilor Ackor,  my post was directed to you not the entire city government.  I know that they all are looking ahead for the betterment of the city.   My point was, in my opinion, we, as tax payers, are so very very tired of hearing someone in the city government telling us, "It will offer property tax relief", when in fact, our property taxes never go down but always go up.  That sure isn't any relief, Councilor Ackor.  Again, I would be extremely happy if, Councilor Ackor, you could answer my question...

"Can you find one thing that the City Government did over the last 30 years to decrease or keep our property taxes the same?"

I would be so happy if at some point in time, Rockland didn't raise it's property taxes or even more a miracle, the property taxes went down.


Posted by: Douglas Erickson | Oct 11, 2018 13:28

Adam, what you said is very accurate. What has not been mentioned is the fact that when the property starts to become developed with new buildings going up and businesses moving in that will provide additional jobs in Rockland in addition to expanding the city tax base. It might be a small step in the grand scheme of things but it at least it's a step in the right direction. If one cannot see all of the improvements that have been made in Rockland in the last 30 May I suggest one look at Yachting Solution, Back Cove Yachts, Fisher Engineering, Boston Financial (formerly MBNA) and DuPont to name a few. Look at all of  the  jobs they brought into the  area. Look at the value added to the city tax base. Adam...thank you for your vision.


Posted by: Adam S Ackor | Oct 11, 2018 07:52

Doing nothing will guarantee that nothing will change.  I believe that our Economic Development director, and our City Manager are focused on finding legitimate options for expanding the city's tax base, and increasing our revenue.  Pessimism is understandable, but I am choosing to be optimistic and supportive of this initiative.

The citizens of Rockland should know that their professional city staff are working at an extremely high level, with the aim of maintaining and improving our quality of life.  There will always be room for improvement, but we are very fortunate in Rockland to have this team of people working on our behalf.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Oct 11, 2018 06:38

Seriously, who can take Councilor Ackor at his word?  Really Councilor Ackor????? "offer some property tax relief to homeowners."   Can you find one thing that the City Government did over the last 30 years to decrease or keep our property taxes the same?


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