June Elections: On the Warrant

Union set to vote on canine control, land use, subdivision ordinances

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 1:00pm

UNION — Voters in Union will consider three ordinance amendments during the upcoming election season in June.  

One of the proposed ordinance changes would be to the town’s canine control ordinance. 

The proposed amendment includes the removal of the following text: “This section shall not apply to any dog that is situated at or by or near a legitimate cause for provocation. Provocation shall mean any cause beyond the reasonable control of the owner.” 

The amendment was proposed at the March 19 selectmen’s meeting at the recommendation of the town attorney, according to the minute meetings. 

A second proposed ordinance change would be to the town’s land use ordinance. 

The proposed amendment would rewrite the cluster development section to include a revised purpose statement, information on how the planning board relates to the ordinance and provides lot size minimums for density calculations. 

The final proposed ordinance change would be to the town’s subdivision ordinance. 

The proposed amendment proposes private right of way being defined as “a privately owned road, driveway for vehicle access to structures or uses on lots” instead of “a vehicular access way serving no more than 2 dwelling units.” 

The proposed amendment would also change the definition of a collector street from “a street servicing more than at least 15 lots or dwelling units, or streets which serve as feeds to arterial streets, and collectors of traffic from minor streets” to “a street with average daily traffic of 200 vehicles per day or greater, or streets which serve as feeds to arterial streets, and collectors of traffic from minor streets.” 

Also potentially being changed is the definition to minor street which would change, with voter approval, from “a street servicing more than 2 and less than 15 lots or dwelling units” to “a street servicing only residential properties and which has an average daily traffic of less than 200 vehicles per day.” 

The proposed amendment would also remove the text of the cluster development from this article and direct readers to the aforementioned land use ordinance article. 

The proposed amendment also revises the design standards according to street classification section. 

Lastly, the proposed amendment would eliminate the improvement responsibilities and community facilities impact analysis subsections under the development impact fees section, as well as the elimination of all the material requirements and definitions to simply state materials “shall meet the requirements of AASHTOM.” 

 

To view the full text of the proposed amendment to the canine control ordinance, click here

To view the full text of the proposed amendments to the land use and subdivision ordinances, click here

To view a map of the proposed changes to the shoreland zoning, click here.


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