Chef Annemarie Ahearn, of Salt Water Farm in Lincolnville, had submitted an application for a special use exception to use the property at 162 Chestnut St. in Camden as a low impact function hall.

But on Feb. 4, Ahearn withdrew the application from Camden’s Zoning Board of Appeals meeting agenda scheduled for Feb. 10.

She told Camden code enforcement officer and planner Stephen Wilson that given the restrictions of the zoning ordinance, it would be a challenge to achieve what was intended in that particular space. She said she also wanted to respect the neighbors, who indicated concern about noise and hours of operations.

The application that had been filed was asking for approval to host a series of farm to table dinners on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Chestnut Street property is currently owned by Jonathan and Bonnie Dietz, of Camden.

The application said plans included having a single seating of no more than 20 guests each night and reservations would be required. If the events were successful and neighbors are comfortable with the change, there was the possibility of adding a Thursday evening tastings menu, Ahearn’s application said.

The dinners would be over by 9 p.m., at the latest, the application said. Parking would be created for the majority of cars on the property, and: “We will get the consent of the neighbors before pursuing the project. In the event that our project is well received, we would like to open the doors on selected Thursdays for reservations-only tasting menus for no more than 20 people. Same hours would apply.”

Also on the ZBA’s Feb. 10 agenda, Raymond Brunyanszki and Oscar Verest have applied for an exemption that would allow them to use part of a residential building, just north of the Camden Harbor Inn on Bayview Street, for office space for the inn.

The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet Thursday, Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. in the Washington Street Conference Room.

For more information call the Camden Town Office at 236-3353.

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