Planning Board Reviews Manufactured Home Community Expansion
In Belfast, Maine, members of the city’s planning board are reviewing plans to expand a manufactured home community.
According to Village Soup, the community is owned by Connecticut Property Management and sits on 22 total acres. The community currently has 21 homes, and the proposed expansion would create 31 additional homesites.
As a part of the expansion plans, Connecticut Property Management has committed to upgrading existing utilities, including water, sewer and electric services. They would also develop an estimated 22,000-square-foot recreational area with picnic tables and grills, which would be made available to residents.
“The sewer system would drain to a private wastewater system pumping station within the park [sic], which would then direct the waste to a city-owned pumping station at the intersection of Congress Street and Airport Road,” said Tom Fowler, the project’s engineer.
“The expansion will also require constructing nearly 2,100 linear feet of new road to serve the additional lots in the park [sic].
Fowler also explained that the expansion would impact about a third of the five acres of wetlands on the property. Maine Department of Environmental Protection and Army Corps of Engineers are reviewing an application for a permit to disturb the wetlands, along with one addressing storm water management. A decision is expected in mid June.
Connecticut Property Management says it does not plan to develop all of the new sites at once, but instead will do it in stages.
Planning board members were generally in agreement with the plan as presented, and said that they would not require Connecticut Property Management to conduct a traffic study. No one addressed the plans during the public comment period.
The application is expected to face additional scrutiny at a future meeting in late May.
“It’s been a long time – almost 30 years – since the city fielded a a mobile home park [sic] application,” said City Planner Wayne Marshall.
“In the early 1990s, the state mandated that towns identify areas where mobile home parks [sic] are allowed.” ##
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