Gateway Estates application for third phase deemed incomplete

TRENTON The Planning Board deemed an application to build additional units at the Gateway Estates subdivision incomplete at its Jan. 27 meeting, which was held in person and virtually.  Board Chairman John Whetstone explained to The American that the decision was anticipated by all parties.

Greg Johnston of G.F. Johnston and Associates in Southwest Harbor presented the project on behalf of Gateway Estates, LLC.

The proposed project is the third phase in the construction of Gateway Estates, which already includes 40 family units. The plan is to add six two-family dwellings to the subdivision, which is located on Route 3 across from Wild Acadia Fun Park.

At the meeting, it was discussed that a study will need to be completed by Johnston and shared with the board regarding impacts the additional units may have on the town.

Potential impacts include a myriad of things, including how additional families moving to Trenton will affect the school and how the subdivision’s increased population will affect traffic patterns, Whetstone said.

Additionally, the board will have to decide on a local impact fee based on the study. The funding is assessed for potential capital expenses related to the project and is returned to the applicant if not used. The Board of Selectmen also must approve the determined fee. 

Whetstone said he is still waiting to hear from Johnston for when he will present the application again. The Planning Board’s next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 10. 

Rebecca Alley

Rebecca Alley

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Rebecca is the Schoodic-area reporter and covers the towns of Eastbrook, Franklin, Hancock, Lamoine, Sorrento, Sullivan, Waltham, Winter Harbor and Trenton. She lives in Ellsworth with her husband and baby boy who was joyously welcomed in June 2020. Feel free to send tips and story ideas to [email protected]
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