The Searsport Planning Board set the schedule for the next phase in the process of considering the application from a Colorado company that hopes to build a 22.7 million gallon liquefied petroleum gas tank and terminal at Mack Point.

The Board set those dates at its regular meeting Monday, March 11.

The deliberations process follows 11 days of public hearings the board set through November, January and February. Those hearings were intended to gather public comment on the application, as well as garner information about the project from the applicant, DCP Midstream, and to hear testimony from interested parties including the local opposition group Thanks But No Tank, local business owners, retirees and landowners from Searsport and Stockton Springs.

Monday night, the Board agreed to set the first dates for the deliberation process for Wednesday, March 27, and Thursday, March 28, with additional meetings scheduled for Wednesday, April 3, Wednesday, April 10, and Thursday, April 11.

There was some discussion amongst the Board about the scheduling of two more meetings during the week of April 15-19 due to another meeting being slated for Wednesday, April 17.

After some additional discussion, the board agreed to advertise the dates up through the Thursday, April 11, meeting and set what Planning Board Chairman Bruce Probert said he hoped would be the final two meetings on the application at a later date.

The deliberations are the final step in the process before the Board renders a decision on whether to grant or deny the application from DCP Midstream.

All of the meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will take place at Union Hall.

Board member Lee Ann Horowitz asked Probert for clarification on what would and would not take place at the deliberations, specifically, whether members of the public will be permitted to comment on the application further.

Probert said the public participation process is complete and the deliberations will be reserved for the Board to review the application, ask questions and weigh the merits of the proposal. All of the deliberations will, however, be open to the public.