Coulombe sparks east side dialogue

October 11th, 2017 by admin Leave a reply »

The Boothbay Harbor Board of Selectmen’s meeting was a full house Tuesday, Oct. 10. Paul Coulombe, owner of Boothbay Harbor Oceanside Resort, made a late request to the board to be able to take the floor toward the end of the meeting to begin dialogue about possible zoning changes in the near future. As a result, the room was packed with filled chairs and many standing in the back of the town office.

The conversation which Coulombe began, along with his associate Dan Bacon from Gorrill Palmer Consulting Engineers, centered around the land between the footbridge and Cap’n Fish’s Waterfront Inn, a portion of Boothbay Harbor in which his latest purchase, The Lobster Dock, rests.

“In looking at these properties, we’d like to explore ‘Okay, how do we make this largely non-conforming area conforming in terms of zoning to enable some reinvestment in these properties and to enable some redevelopment,’” said Bacon.

Changing the zoning within this small space would allow property owners to make changes to the building and grounds depending on how and what the planning board and selectmen decide to change should they choose to do so. Being that this area had been zoned as maritime and water-dependent in the 1980s, many of the businesses are non-conforming. This means that any future investments must ensure that when any type of work or renovations are done to buildings on these properties, they are limited to the same (non-conforming) footprint.

“I guess why I’m up here is because I want to support fishing,”

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