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Garland passed a Land Use Ordinance regulating any proposed Transportation and/or Communication, Utility Corridor (TUC) with strict guidelines making it very difficult for such a project to go through the town. Such an Ordinance is within a town's prerogative to regulate such industrial scale projects according to accepted law and is designed to discourage any developer from pursuing such a project within the town. The vote at a special town meeting held Tuesday evening (July 29, 2014) was 51-7 in favor of the Ordinance. This comes on the heels of a previous vote last summer by a similar overwhelming majority that passed a moratorium against any construction of such a project while the planning board was working on the Ordinance that was just passed. In addition, a straw vote held at the same special town meeting last summer resulted in a similar overwhelming majority that completely rejected the Cianbro Corporation's plans for an East West Highway/Industrial Corridor possibly coming through the town.
The ordinance: Town of Garland --- Transportation and/or Utilities Corridor Ordinance
Section I - Purpose and Intent
This Ordinance is adopted pursuant to 30-A M.R.S.A. -- 3001, to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the Town of Garland and its residents. This Ordinance shall be known as the "Transportation and/or Utilities Corridor Ordinance". Transportation.... Read more: Download the ordinance.
On Sept. 4, 2012, the town of Monson passed a "Moratorium Ordinance Regarding Private Corridors To Include Paved Highways, Pipelines and High Tension Transmission Lines." During the pursuing year, the planning board worked on amendments to the land use ordinance with the help of a consultant.
On August 19, [2013,] the town of Monson held a public hearing with a town meeting immediately following to vote on amendments to the land use ordinance and to enact a "Natural Resource Extraction Ordinance."
These amendments and new ordinance are to protect the inhabitants' welfare, health and safety.
This amended Land Use Ordinance and Natural Resource Extraction Ordinance is the first in the state to pass language limiting the passage of the "east/west corridor." If such an entity wants to construct this type of corridor through Monson, they will have to petition the town of Monson selectmen for a change of use in the land use ordinance, and hence the decision would be up to the voters of Monson.
|The original proposal (see amended Land-use document below resulting from the town's vote on this).
PROPOSED TOWN OF MONSON MORATORIUM ORDINANCE