Design Review Changes Afoot

BAR HARBOR — Changes proposed to simplify the design review process were received favorably by the town council Oct. 17.


The changes, which would allow applicants to apply for building permits rather than full design review board (DRB) approval for a number of building alterations, were put forth by the Bar Harbor business roundtable, a committee of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

“These changes were born out of the frustration that many people have in this town over the red tape … to get through the design review process,” town councilor Matt Horton said. “This is not something that just a few people who are upset are coming up with.”

Downtown business owners must now receive a certificate of appropriateness from the design review board for alterations they wish to make to the exterior of their buildings. New commercial construction must also receive a certificate.

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