Islandscaping Decision Upheld

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The board of appeals March 31 agreed 4-0 to uphold a planning board decision to grant a permit to Islandscaping, Inc. allowing commercial traffic on Meadow Way, a private road off Route 102A, the Seawall Road.


John and Deborah Williams and their daughter, Whitney Granholm and her husband, Dan Granholm, filed the appeal on March 5. Islandscaping is a garden center and landscape business owned by Jeff Dutra located at the intersection of Meadow Way and the Seawall Road.

For years, the customers and delivery people at Islandscaping have had to park in a small lot in front of the business and enter and exit onto the Seawall Road. This often required backing out onto or off of the busy road, a potentially dangerous situation.

Mr. Dutra filed for a permit that would allow him to build a parking area behind the business. Access to the parking would be from an entrance off the Seawall Road. Vehicles would exit onto Meadow Lane, which Mr. Dutra plans to widen at that point – the road now has only one lane. The board approved the plan in November.

Ms. Granholm, who has concerns about commercial traffic on Meadow Lane, asked the planning board to reconsider granting the permit. The appeal was filed after the planning board denied her request on Feb. 4.

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