BRUNSWICK

Tedford Housing’s plan to consolidate its shelters has Brunswick considering an emergency moratorium until the zoning can be changed.

Tedford has proposed a project to consolidate its current shelters and administration operations at a new facility at the corner of Baribeau Drive and Pleasant Hill Road.

According to a memo from Town Manager John Eldridge, “After discussing the proposal with Tedford, reviewing the Brunswick Zoning Ordinance, and consulting with the town attorney, staff determined that portions of Tedford’s proposal would not be an allowable use under the current ordinance in that location or in any location in Brunswick, as the proposed use was not defined in the current ordinance.”

As a result, Tedford is asking to amend the zoning ordinance.

“Staff had already indicated that it would be initiating the process of preparing amendments specifically related to emergency shelters,” Eldridge states. “Based on a limited review of other municipal ordinances, we believe the amendment would deal with definitions, zoning locations, and other standards to address safety, security, and neighborhood compatibility. We envision that the process of preparing amendments would involve various stakeholders, including Tedford.”

The proposed 180-day moratorium would prohibit shelters in Brunswick until zoning amendments can be developed and vetted, according to Eldridge.

The town council will consider the moratorium when it meets Monday.

The council will also:

• Hear public comment on an application for a special amusement license for O’Donoghue’s Corporation at 103 Pleasant St.

• Consider moving the central voting location to the Recreation Center at Brunswick Landing, an item tabled at a prior meeting

• Receive the proposed municipal budget for 2018-2019, and Capital Improvement Plan for 2019-2023, and consider setting a public hearing for May 3

• Consider applying for a Maine Municipal Association Safety Enhancement Grant to assist with the purchase of turnout gear for the fire department

• Consider sending a letter of support for the appointment of Larissa Darcy to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority

The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at Town Hall. The council is scheduled to meet in executive session after the business meeting Monday to discuss the acquisition of real property.

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