PARIS — A public hearing for a proposed land use management ordinance will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Fire Station.

The hearing, to be held in front of the Board of Selectmen, was originally scheduled for Jan. 6, but was postponed due to the weather. 

The ordinance, which has been in the works for almost three years, creates zoning regulations on building and development in different parts of town. The proposal is expected to go to voters in June.

If passed, the ordinance will establish five development districts — Route 26 Corridor, General Growth, Rural, Paris Hill Historic and South Paris Main Street — with different restrictions on the types of buildings and development allowed in each.

Some aspects of the ordinance have already attracted controversy, including lot size restrictions in the rural district and the possible creation of an independent commission to review proposed building on Paris Hill, a nationally-recognized historic neighborhood.

Copies of the proposed ordinance are available for public review at the Town Office. The ordinance also can be found at the town’s website, parismaine.org.

At least one other public hearing on the proposed ordinance is planned before a possible vote in June.


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