Planning Board Continues Work on Revising Ordinance

By Jayna Smith


On Tuesday, April 22nd, the Calais Planning Board met to continue the revision of the Business District Revitalization Ordinance.  This was the second meeting that the group worked on this task, with more meetings to be held over the next two months. 

Chairman Bill Barnett, Code Enforcement Officer Jim Porter, and members Gail Wahl, Herm Gadway, Everett Libby, and Bill Cody were in attendance.  Absent were members Butch Alexander and Richard Ramsey.

According to the ordinance, its purpose is to promote the general welfare of the inhabitants and property owners and to preserve a positive and identifiable image for the downtown area.  This will encourage private investment, increase the stability of property values, and enhance the community’s economic viability. 

For an hour and a half the planning board reviewed and edited the current ordinance.  Many details were retained or modified, while some were omitted due to redundancy.  The final draft of the ordinance should be more concise, less repetitive, and clearly understood. 

The board tentatively scheduled Monday, May 6th for their next meeting on this matter.