Brunswick Council approves new zoning ordinance

August 11th, 2017 by admin Leave a reply »

BRUNSWICK — After three-and-a-half years, over 100 public meetings, thousands of hours of work, and six separate drafts, Brunswick’s new zoning ordinance was approved unanimously by town council at the Aug. 7 regular meeting.

The work of the Zoning Ordinance Rewrite Committee, the new ordinances are intended to simplify Brunswick’s zoning districts and clarify rules for landowners. Previously, Brunswick’s zoning ordinance included more districts than some major cities.

“It’s gratifying, if nothing else, to say that we’re finally beginning the town council phase of this project,” said Charlie Frizzle, chair of the planning board and ZORC.

The rewrite of the zoning ordinance had five distinct goals: Implement the 2008 comprehensive plan; simplify the zoning district structure; integrate Brunswick Landing into the standards; improve user friendliness, and improve neighborhood edge protections.

Anna Breinich, director of planning and development, said there is still work to be done in the future. Tackling things like dark sky lighting, short-term rentals (like AirBnB), shoreland protection overlays, and rules for retail and medical marijuana establishments are still in the works.

Public comment on the new zoning ordinance was mixed. Many residents expressed approval, and were eager to have the new ordinances implemented so that projects that were on hold could be started.

Mattie Daughtry, a state representative for Brunswick, was on hand as a citizen to express her approval. She and her business partner Philip Welsch were planning to open a small downtown brewery, something that isn’t permitted under the current ordinance. “We’re really excited to learn that this problem is addressed

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