Farm Rules Plowed Under

BAR HARBOR — A proposed ordinance change that would allow stores, restaurants and lodging establishments as accessory uses on commercial farms was shot down by the planning board and members of the public March 18.


The four-member planning board voted unanimously to recommend that voters oppose the Commercial Agriculture amendment when they go to the polls in June. Because of that recommendation, a super-majority of at least two-thirds of the voters would have to favor the ordinance in order for it to pass.

A half-dozen residents, all of whom have also been vocal opponents of plans to develop Town Hill into a commercial center, spoke against the proposed change.

“This is a wide-open invitation to major agri-tourism development,” Jake Jagel said. “This amendment is not about helping local farmers.”

Board members voted against the measure after concluding that because it would allow commercial agriculture and the new accessory uses in 15 zoning districts where it is not allowed now, they could not support such a sweeping change.

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