03-17-2009 Public hearing

Dayton Planning Board

Public Hearing

March 17, 2009


Members Present: Dick Hall (Chair) Gary Cobleigh, Dan Plourde, Valerie Cole (Alt.)


Others Present: Jim Roberts (CEO), Tom McKinney, John Gay


Dick Hall opened the public hearing at 7:03 PM. He explained that the hearing would address state-mandated changes in the shoreland overlay district. The two changes under consideration are building height and minimum lot area.


Maximum building height on any new building or expansion shall be 35 feet, measured by the vertical distance between the mean original grade at the downhill side and highest part of any eaves or parapet wall.


Minimum lot area shall be 40,000 square feet per residential dwelling unit. Jim Roberts detailed the change in residential dwelling unit: a duplex is two units; each dwelling unit would require 40, 000 square feet.


Tom McKinney asked if the proposed changes will come up for a vote. Jim explained that it will probably be voted on at town meeting as opposed to by ballot.


John Gay asked where the shoreland zone is located. Jim explained it is any river, stream, or wetlands. The setbacks can vary in the different areas but all are part of the shoreland zone. Dayton does not have any great ponds, which are greater than ten acres in area, but the language is required in the ordinance.  The swamp behind Town Hall is considered part of resource protection.


The town’s setback from the Saco River is 150 feet. The Saco River Corridor Commission has jurisdiction of land within 500 feet. Setback from streams is 75 feet, measured from the normal high water mark.


Jim noted that someone from Saco is willing to represent Dayton in the SRCC and will meet with the Selectmen soon.



The public hearing ended at 7:10 PM.




Valerie J. Cole, Secretary



Dick Hall, Chair

COPIES TO: Jim Roberts, Code Enforcement Officer; Selectmen; and Tax Assessor