Ryan's Pass subdivision expansion approved

By Stephanie Grinnell | Dec 04, 2017
Source: Google

Searsport — The next phase of development in a controversial subdivision was approved, with conditions, by the Planning Board last week.

During an October public hearing on the application for Ryan's Pass, residents expressed concern about unfinished roadways and urged the board to require contractor David St. Clair to complete existing roads properly before allowing him to further expand the subdivision. Planning Board members also shared road concerns as they discussed the final plan Nov. 20, with most pointing to past issues.

Representing St. Clair,  Scott Braley, president of Plymouth Engineering based in Plymouth, asked if the board would consider an “either/or option” for financing paving. He said St. Clair hoped to sell lot 18 of the subdivision to pay for paving the new road.

“He wants to be able to sell lot 18 to pay for the paving instead of using money he has elsewhere,” Braley said.

Board Chairman George Kerper pointed out the lot could be sold and the road left unfinished if the “either/or option” were approved.

Planning Board member Tom Gocze, who was not on the board during previous development phase approvals, said he's only heard of the problems from residents and other board members.

“Are we crossing all the T's and dotting all the I's?” he asked.

Other board members also objected to allowing the “either/or option,” including Brian Callahan.

“Based on past performance, I'd say no,” he said. His comments were echoed by Vice Chairman Keith Ritchie.

Braley estimated the cost of paving the road would fall between $35,000 and $45,000.

“That's no big deal for David,” Kerper said. “ … I can't go along with that.”

The board ultimately approved the final application, with several conditions – including that lot 18 cannot be sold until the road is paved. Other conditions approved including the board's receipt of an irrevocable letter of credit, inspection of the completed road by the town road commissioner or other designated person and the addition of more than 9,800 square feet of open space.

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