Oct. 17 meeting, 5:30 p.m., to be streamed live

Rockport appeals board to decide on neighbor’s dispute of library permitting process

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 9:00pm

ROCKPORT — The Rockport Zoning Board of Appeals will take up again the controversial matter of the town’s library construction permit when it convenes Oct. 17, 5:30 p.m., in the Geoffrey C. Parker Meeting Room at the Rockport Opera House.

The meeting is a continuation from the Sept. 11 hearing, when the ZBA heard from appellant Stephen Earle, who contested whether the town properly processed the town’s own building application. Read: Rockport Zoning Board of Appeals seeks clarity as it considers library permit

The Oct. 17 meeting will be streamed at https://livestream.com/Rockportmaine/events/8841363

The ZBA is expected to render a decision at the Thursday meeting.

Earle, who lives adjacent to the lot where the town’s new $3.5 million-plus library is under construction, has asked whether the town should have directed its Planning Board to review the new library building plans, instead of sending the application to the Rockport Code Enforcement Officer for processing and approval.

The ZBA will have to interpret Rockport’s Land Use Ordinance before coming to its own conclusion of jurisdiction, although attorneys are trying hard to convince the seven-member volunteer municipal board to agree with their respective positions.