February 2, 2018

Windham Town Council update by Lorraine Glowczak

The Windham Town Council met on Tuesday, January 30 at the Windham Town Hall at 7 p.m. with a full agenda that included an executive session to discuss compensation and any other actions regarding the town manager, town assessor and the town clerk.
The evening’s agenda included the approval of a proposed zone change requested by Bryan Mills to rezone a portion of property on River Road. The request was to amend the map on the specified section of land from Farm Residential to Medium-Density Residential. The intention was to build
condo and townhouse style residences. The request did not meet the Council’s approval with a unanimous vote against.

An additional request was considered by the Council to vacate a portion of a paper street on Highland Lake. The owner of the property (Map 31, lots 50 and 69), wishes to build a deck on his house but cannot meet setbacks due to the paper street that was established in 1929. Code enforcement has confirmed that vacating this portion of the paper street will address the setback issue. Request was approved five to one.

All members of the Council approved to endorse an application for Community Development Block Grant for the Depot Street Sewer Improvement Project.

Appointment requests to various committees were considered. Zack Conley's and Cassidy Mullins' appointments to the Summerfest Organizing Committee were approved unanimously. However, the requests to appoint David Nadeau for a three-year term to the Planning Board as well as a three-year term on the Public Easement Advisory Committee failed with a vote four to two. 

Also brought before the Council was a request to consider changes on the current land use ordinance. The request was made by the Highland Lake Association (HLA) leadership team to consider, retroactively, any subdivision that does not have final permission by the town as of the beginning of the Moratorium Land Use Ordinance, Section 800 and 900. The ordinance went into effect on September 6, 2017 and may end as early as March 6, 2018. 

The HLA is proposing that the Windham Town Council adopt the following changes to its current land use ordinances retroactive to any subdivision that does not have final permitting by the town as of the beginning of the Moratorium.

Land Use Ordinance, Section 800 & 900

All subdivisions and site plans in the Highland Lake watershed must be designed to meet the current DEP phosphorous allocation of 0.020 lbs/acre/yr

A proposal for a subdivision to pay a fee in lieu of meeting the 0.020 lbs/acre/yr standard is not acceptable.

Allowing public use of the open space within a subdivision will not result in any subdivision bonus houses within the Highland Lake watershed.

The request is under consideration and will be determined at a future Council meeting.

A full account of this meeting, as well as previous or future meetings, can be accessed on the Town of Windham website at www.windhammaine.us. All meetings are videotaped and are broadcasted live, both on the website and Facebook.  

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