During a special meeting June 11, the Belfast City Council agreed to appoint Wayne Marshall, who currently serves as the director of the Belfast Code and Planning Department, as assistant code enforcement officer.

This comes after Nordic Aquafarms submitted its city permit application earlier that day with more than 1,500 pages, according to Marshall. He intends to review the application to ensure the proper documentation has been collected and then submit it to the Planning Board for review and approval.

Marshall requested the position so other permit applications wouldn’t be held up in the process of reviewing the lengthy Nordic document. This will allow Code Enforcement Officer Bub Fournier to process other applications in a timely manner.

Nordic will hold a public presentation of information included in the permit applications at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 26. The Planning Board will not make any definitive decisions at that time and the meeting will be open for public observation but not discussion.

A site visit Wednesday, July 10, preceding the Planning Board's consideration of the application, will give members, consultants and city staff the opportunity to ask questions. The public is allowed to attend the site walk but not to ask questions of the Planning Board or applicant.

Nordic has received deep resistance from local groups opposing its plans to build a land-based salmon farm. There have been legal motions and requests to city officials to review the company's applications carefully. Opponents have focused on potential threat to neighborhood groundwater supplies and the effect of wastewater discharged into the bay.

Comments about the application can be sent by postal mail to City of Belfast, Code & Planning Department, 131 Church St., Belfast, ME 04915, or by email to public@cityofbelfast.org.

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