LAMOINE — The Planning Board unanimously approved with conditions Nov. 1 an application for Jordan Shores, an 11-lot residential subdivision on the Jordan River, following a public hearing on the application.
Jim Boyle, the project’s manager, was at the meeting representing the developer, Maine Woodland Properties.
Much of the board’s discussion focused on whether the application was actually a 12-lot subdivision, since the developer has not officially closed on the sale of one of the lots to an abutter along with the conveyance of another tract of land to another abutter.
According to the town’s Building and Land Use Ordinance, subdivisions in the town with 12 lots and higher require different application standards and greater common space designations than subdivisions with 11 lots or less.
The ordinance states that “in any subdivision, the board may require the subdivider to designate up to 10 percent of the total area as open space.”
Requirements for larger subdivisions are firmer and dictate that “at least one-third of the parcel shall be reserved for open space for common use.”
Following the requirements for an 11-lot subdivision, Maine Woodland Properties has offered to maintain public access to the river’s shore by providing a walking path and creating eight public parking spaces.
Throughout the application process, board Chairman John Holt has been suggesting that the subdivision include public access to the Jordan River due to the river’s historical significance to the town and to help maintain the livelihoods of wormers and clammers.
During the Nov. 1 meeting, Boyle suggested that the board vote to approve the project with the condition that Maine Woodland Properties completes its land transfers.
After some discussion, the board voted unanimously to approve the project pending the developer fulfilling the board’s conditions. The developer must complete the two land conveyances and have board members officially sign off on the project before work is started. Maine Woodland Properties must also update its land covenants to include the town’s groundwater standards listed in its Building and Land Use Ordinance.