Land use redo yanked after mistakes found

BAR HARBOR — Voting on the proposed reorganization and rewrite of the land use ordinance here is postponed until November, after errors in the new document surfaced this week.

Town councilors on Tuesday agreed unanimously to pull the LUO repeal and replacement vote from the June town meeting warrant and aim instead for a vote on election day in November. They did so after members of the warrant committee on Monday raised several specific mistakes they had found after reviewing the document.

One of the ways the LUO is being reorganized involves removing the Appendix C table of uses and integrating the information into chapters covering each specific zone. Members of the warrant committee’s general government subcommittee in their review of the document noticed, however, that in the transition at least two new uses had been added into one of the zoning districts.

Land use attorney Mary Denison, who has been leading the effort to restructure and rewrite the ordinance, took full responsibility for the mistakes in an email sent to town manager Dana Reed following the warrant committee meeting.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]