PROSPECT — About a dozen and a half residents attended April 14 public hearings regarding three Select Board proposals, but there was not much discussion at the roughly 20-minute meeting. The proposals include an industrial development moratorium, a marijuana ordinance and a proposal to accept a road as a town way.

Select Board members have proposed a moratorium on industrial development in the shoreland zone that would prevent the permitting of industrial projects near the boundaries of the town’s 250-foot shoreland protection setback for 180 days.

The setback ordinance prevents development within 250 feet of the high tide line, but there is no ordinance regarding development immediately outside that setback. The moratorium would give the town time to develop a growth management plan, which includes establishing a new Comprehensive Plan and creating zoning based on the plan.

There was little discussion regarding the moratorium proposal at the meeting. One resident was concerned that a growth management plan was not the same as a Comprehensive Plan and thought there should be a reference to creating a Comprehensive Plan in the moratorium proposal. “So, make sure you know what you want to put a moratorium on,” the resident said.

Select Board Member Calvin Cooper said the town’s attorney told him that developing a growth management plan includes developing a Comprehensive Plan.

Another resident had a couple of questions about the proposed recreational marijuana ordinance, which would allow cultivation and testing but not the sale of cannabis in town. It also caps how many cultivation operations are allowed in the town for each tier. The four tiers in the proposed ordinance are based on cultivation size.

Select Board members had a request to put forth a marijuana ordinance to the town, Cooper said. He said the Select Board is not advocating for or against the ordinance, but rather acting upon interest for one in the town.

Select Board members also propose to amend the Road Acceptance Ordinance in order to accept a 900-foot private road, Bowden Point Road Extension, as a town way. Maine Coast Heritage Trust, which currently owns the property, would have to bring it up to municipal standards within a year if voters approve the proposal.

There was little discussion about this proposal, but Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife regional biologist Kendall Martin spoke about the agenda item. He said there has been a nearly two-year process to acquire the land adjacent to a parcel already under state protection on Bowden Point. The property would be protected and open to public recreation.

Previously, that property had been open to the public, but it was privately owned, he said. Without going into much detail about why, he said that in order to bring the land under public protection, the state needed to partner with Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

“It makes more sense for us to be the management agency, since we already own the land right next to it,” Martin said.

Because that property was previously a subdivision with 42 lots and a homeowners’ association, the road was private. If the proposal for the town to take over the road passes, the state could own the property and open it up to public recreation.

Residents will vote on the proposals at the April 30 annual town meeting, 9 a.m. at the Fire Station.

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