Board Firm on Ferry Stance

BAR HARBOR — A proposed zoning change meant to protect the grandfathering of the now-idle CAT ferry terminal on Eden Street was rejected for the second time by a split planning board on April 7.


The proposed change would re-zone the area of the ferry terminal and surrounding hotels from a residential to a commercial shoreland zone. The change would bring the ferry terminal into compliance with zoning, rather than leave it a grandfathered nonconformity as it is considered now.

The town council proposed the ordinance change, and decided to put the amendment to voters at town meeting in June, in the hopes that with passage, the ferry terminal will remain an allowed use, even while the CAT ferry company ceases operations for the season because of financial concerns.

Under the current residential zoning, the terminal is in jeopardy of losing its grandfathered status if it remains idle this summer, town officials said.

Because the planning board failed to recommend passage of the “Shoreland Commercial III” ordinance amendment, a super majority of two-thirds of voters will have to vote in support of the change in order for it to pass.

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