Proposals are for a nine-lot cluster development and a 13-lot plan.

NEW GLOUCESTER – Two major subdivisions are before the New Gloucester Planning Board and preliminary discussions were under way on Tuesday.

Bill Chapman’s nine-lot cluster subdivision, Rockwood Acres, off the Witham Road is located in the rural residential zone and groundwater protection overlay district.

Chapman is required to provide a wetland mapping study to the board and name the road. In addition, he must obtain a letter from the fire chief regarding public safety access.

A public hearing on the proposal will be held on May 6.

Developer Rodney Boyington of Gray plans to develop 13 lots of one acre each on a 32-acre parcel, now in tree growth protection, located between Route 26 and a proposed bypass. The open-space portion of the subdivision totals 18 acres with a road built to public road standards.

The board agreed to conduct a site visit on April 30. The land is described as sloping with ledges toward the back with several drainage courses running through the parcel.

A hydrogeological study is required when Boyington files a completed application for board approval. A public hearing will be required.

Finally, Jim Vadas of Gray’s request to construct a duplex on a vacant lot on Upper Gloucester Road will require a boundary survey and photograph of the lot because it is located in the historic district.

The 0.6-acre lot in the historic Upper Gloucester Village requires board review and approval. Abutters will be notified.

Vadas was told by the board to demonstrate that adequate and safe water is available from an existing well. And, the septic system on the property must be determined to be operational.

About six years ago, a two-family dwelling on the site was demolished, but remains as a legal, non-conforming lot of record said Town Planner James Isaacson. The board will make a site visit and a public hearing may be held.

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