PROSPECT — The Select Board accepted two new ordinances and amendments to one ordinance to be voted on at annual meeting during a March 28 special town meeting at the community center, with a handful of residents in attendance.

One of the proposed ordinances that generated the most discussion was a moratorium on industrial development in the shoreland zone. It would prevent industrial development near the boundaries of the town’s 250-foot shoreland setback for 180 days.

The town’s shoreland setback ordinance prevents any development within 250 feet of the high tide line, but the town does not have any ordinances regarding development outside that setback. Select Board member Calvin Cooper said someone could develop right up to the edge of that setback and it could affect the setback area.

Planning Board Chairman Kathleen Jenkins asked the Select Board how far from the shoreland zone the moratorium would apply. Cooper said the intent of the moratorium was not to get too granular. It would be focused on areas of concern, primarily the area in and around the shoreland zone.

Select Board Member Joseph Rego added that it includes potential project activities that could damage the shore, like runoff that travels down to the ocean.

The moratorium would give the town time to develop a management program that would include developing a Comprehensive Plan and adopting zoning that reflects what is outlined in the Comprehensive Plan, Cooper said.

The town had previously developed a Comprehensive Plan in 1995, according to Select Board member Diane Terry. But after it was developed the town was not willing to adopt any type of zoning reflecting it. The existing Comprehensive Plan is not certified as compliant with state requirements, because it has not been reviewed and cannot be reviewed, Cooper said.

One resident questioned whether the town was ready for a new Comprehensive Plan. Terry said the public hearing and vote at annual meeting would let the board know if the moratorium is supported.

The shoreland ordinance is one of the more recently reviewed ordinances, Cooper said, and he described it as a good one. The moratorium would allow the Planning Board to consult the town attorney to consider if changes need to be made. Recent issues in the town were not before the Planning Board when it was last considering the ordinance.

“It’s an opportunity to take time to be cautious and make sure to review it with the attorne,y because time marches on, the world changes,” he said.

The moratorium states that industrial development within the shoreland zone could have environmental consequences like phosphorous contamination, erosion, runoff and effects on wildlife. It does not apply to marijuana cultivation and manufacturing or agricultural uses.

The moratorium could affect a rock crushing facility proposed by Bowden Point LLC, whose parent company, Salmons Inc., owns the Heagan Mountain mine. The company plans to mine the mountain, crush the rock at the proposed facility on Bowden Point Road, then ship the crushed rock out of state on a barge using a dock it also wants to build off the property.

Bowden Point LLC has submitted permits to the Department of Environmental Protection twice and so far they have been deemed incomplete by the department. It is unclear if the company will submit permit applications for a third time.

Local opposition to the company’s proposal has been growing; some opponents are abutters to the location of the proposed facility.

The adult-use marijuana ordinance establishes a town-specific ordinance for regulating those businesses. Terry made some minor changes to ordinance wording, which were supported by the other Select Board members.

Select Board members accepted two articles to amend the road acceptance ordinance that will allow Maine Coast Heritage Trust to move forward with work it needs to do to repair the end of Bowden Point so that it can be turned over to Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Cooper said.

The board scheduled a public hearing on the ordinances for Thursday, April 14, at 6 p.m. at the fire station. The annual town meeting is 9 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at the fire station.