OTISFIELD — About 20 to 25 people showed up at the town office Wednesday to approve allocating money to update the comprehensive plan.

Town Clerk Sharon Matthews said voters agreed to appropriate up to $11,000 from tax-acquired property revenues to have the Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments update the document. She said it was completed in 2004, but the review will allow the town to meet state specifications and qualify for grants.

Matthews said the town will also form a committee to work on the revisions with an AVCOG representative and present them at the annual town meeting in June.

“It’s more of a rewrite than it is an update,” Code Enforcement Officer Rick St. John said.

St. John said voters also approved changes to a shoreland zoning map and definitions included in different town ordinances. He said a resource protection zone was increased from 75 feet to 250 feet for areas in a northern corner of the town and adjacent to Saturday Pond that the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife had identified as significant wading bird habitats. Another change corrected an oversight by including an outlet stream from College Swamp in a stream district.

St. John said the definitions for terms in all of the town ordinances are included in one document. Wednesday’s meeting corrected typos and updated the definitions for a foundation, normal high water line, residential dwelling unit, and shore frontage. A fifth definition, for wetlands associated with the great ponds and rivers, was deleted due to redundancy.

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