Moratorium Gains Support From Warrant Committee

BAR HARBOR — A proposed six-month ban on commercial development in Town Hill gained the support of the warrant committee at their final meeting Monday. By a vote of 12-6, the group recommended that voters pass the moratorium when they go to the polls on June 9.

If approved, the moratorium would place a temporary ban on commercial development in the Town Hill business corridor along Route 102/198 of buildings greater than 10,000-square-feet in size. The ban would be retroactive to the middle of last month, when the town council first approved placing the issue on the ballot, and would last until mid-September.

The development ban was proposed by a group of residents who are opposed to plans by Hannaford Bros. to build a 35,000-square-foot supermarket in the area. The company has not submitted a formal application to the town, but has been having meetings to discuss their plans with various community groups since February.

The warrant committee’s recommendation will be printed on the town’s official ballot.

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Nicole Ouellette

Nicole Ouellette

When Nicole isn't giving advice she's completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who'll talk back. [email protected]