NEWRY – Selectmen Monday night sought advice from the Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments about calling a second public hearing on proposed subdivision zoning rules.

Administrator Loretta Powers was asked to check with AVCOG senior land use planner John Maloney on changes he is drafting following last month’s public hearing.

According to a Jan. 29 story in The Bethel Citizen, the proposed ordinances would restrict ridgeline and hillside development. At that hearing, Sunday River Ski Resort officials objected to the hillside standards.

The rules, which could be voted on during an upcoming special town meeting, are part of a collection of proposed amendments to Newry’s Unified Development Review Ordinance. That law primarily regulates commercial development and subdivisions.

Powers was also asked to have Maloney determine if Newry selectmen need to convene a second public hearing on the revised ordinances.

In other business, selectmen:

• Learned that according to historical research, the old Smith Field Cemetery at Newry Corner isn’t owned by the current owner. Instead, selectmen believe that town is responsible for it and will need to seek a quitclaim deed.

• Learned that complaints have prompted a visit to junk yards and unofficial junk yards by the code enforcement officer, who will explain state regulations about setbacks and fencing to property owners.

• Voted to allow snowboard business Sunnybreeze Board Sports to advertise its liquidation sale using a truck with a sign on the side.

• Learned that work on the budget is nearing completion and that an auditor is working with Powers this week to do the town audit.


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