2012-01-19 / News

Brunswick delays action on zoning for town buildings

BY DARREN FISHELL Times Record Staff

The Brunswick Town Council went back to the drawing board Tuesday night on zoning changes that would accommodate a planned police station project at the corner of Stanwood and Pleasant streets.

BRUNSWICK — The council voted unanimously to table a decision about zoning changes for that property. Councilors plan to continue deliberations on the proposed changed when they meet on Feb. 6.

As proposed, the ordinance change would have allowed municipal buildings to exceed zoning restrictions on building footprint size and impervious surface cover by up to 40 percent.

Director of Planning and Development Anna Breinich said Tuesday night that current plans for a new police station would exceed restrictions for zoning in the district by about 35 percent and would include about 12 percent more impervious surface than allowed.

Councilors and three residents commenting on the item expressed hesitation about loosening zoning for all municipal buildings to accommodate the specific police station project.

Town Manager Gary Brown said that part of the rationale for the broad proposed zoning changes presented Tuesday is to bring other municipal facilities that exceed those restrictions into compliance.

According to information compiled by Breinich, many municipal facilities already exceed the zoning district limitations, including the Harriet Beecher Stowe School and the newly named Harold Emerson Fire Station at Cook’s Corner.

Brown said that the council would have the option of approving a general zoning change, a zoning change for the TR-1 district that includes land identified for a future police station, or a zoning change for the specific parcels of land where the station is planned.

Brown suggested to town councilors that they table the item and work with the police station project’s architect, Brett Donham, to see what the footprint and impervious cover requirements would be for the station’s current design.

The council will met next on Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. at Brunswick Station, 16 Station Ave.


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