City Council OKs Route 3 zone change for retail spaces

By Kendra Caruso | Mar 24, 2020
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Belfast — City Council voted to revise part of the zoning along Belmont Street (Route 3) to allow small-scale retail stores and eat-in restaurants west of Crocker Road, and allow multifamily housing in all sections of the zoning district.

Codes and Planning Director Wayne Marshall recommended the changes at the March 16 meeting at the request of a local small-business owner who wants to open a small tobacco shop near Sweetser, which he predicts will draw about 50 cars a day.

The proposal allows for small-scale retail businesses of less than 600 square feet and sit- down restaurants. The establishments would need a greater front setback, front buffer yard, landscaping, and would have to meet more stringent design and sign standards compared to other area developments.

The new standards would allow up to 20 housing units per acre for multifamily homes. The Planning Board used the same property standards for multifamily housing as were approved for the Office Park district near the Route 1 bypass.

Currently the area is used for one- or two-family home lots, professional offices, service businesses, storage facilities and light industrial uses. Perry’s Furniture is an exception to the zoning rule created in 2000. Route 3 is maintained by the Maine Department of Transportation.


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