Work on Pines condos goes on

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NEWRY – Planners continued work Wednesday night on a proposed 38-unit condominium project which will be nestled amongst pine trees on a 100-year floodplain between Sunday River and Doug Hill Brook.

The meeting was preceded by a public hearing that took less than 15 minutes and only attracted four town officials.

Bob Berry, an engineer with Main-Land Development Consultants Inc. of Livermore Falls, represented The Pines at Sunday River Development LLC of Braintree, Mass., the company behind the project.

Berry briefed officials about the project, saying it wouldn’t get into any wetland areas, but admitted that some parts of the parcel have been getting flooding from both the brook and Sunday River.

“It’s not like it’s something that floods all the time, though,” Berry said, responding to a question by Assistant fire Chief Bruce Pierce.

Sunday River has a tendency to back flow into the Doug Brook drainage, he added.

The development’s eight separate multi-family buildings will be modular constructs set on foundations with no basements and built in an upland area.

The project site, which has 1,600 feet of frontage along the river, is across from Skiway Road behind the old Newry one-room schoolhouse.

Board of Selectmen Chairman Steve Wight raised questions about zoning in the area like limited commercial, resource protection and shoreland.

“It’s not real complicated,” Berry said of the project, which is also undergoing simultaneous review by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

During the Planning Board session, Berry gave planners copies of previously requested letters concerning the project from the town fire department and Oxford County Sheriff’s Office.

But, when asked by Chairman Joe Aloisio if an issue with the project’s erosion control and sedimentation plan had been resolved yet, Berry said no, but he would have it at the board’s next meeting in February.

Additionally, planners wondered if they should require the developer to include a buffer strip of trees to prevent headlights from cars turning off Sunday River Road into the property from shining into a nearby home.

Berry said doing that wouldn’t be a problem, but there will be a large sign along the road blocking most of the lights.

Planners also said they’d need to see a Maine Department of Transportation road entry permit, then agreed that the project satisfied requirements of a shoreland zoning permit.

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