Planning Board to workshop land use ordinance signs, marijuana – Knox County VillageSoupPosted by On

THOMASTON — The Thomaston Planning Board has scheduled three workshops to review the Land Use Ordinance and discuss and determine amendments for the 2023 June town meeting. These workshops are open to the public.

The Land Use Ordinance is a series of regulations outlining how land within a municipality may be used, such as what types of structures, landscaping or decorations are allowed. Parts of this ordinance are amended each year by the Planning Board, and then voters may approve these amendments at the town meeting.

Planning Board Chair Joanne Richards said this year the board would look at small amendments to the ordinance, though she identified some pressing issues the board must address. The board discussed these issues at a Sept. 20 workshop.

Two issues Richards identified were a sign at the Lura Libby municipal building and a marijuana business seeking changes in production.

Richards said the town wants to put a freestanding sign, meaning it is not attached to or supported by a building, on the front lawn of the municipal building, where the Lura Libby school sign was previously.

This currently cannot happen, she said, as the municipal building is in a Village Commercial district. “Currently the Village Commercial… does not permit any freestanding signs,” Richards said.

The Lura Libby sign was able to be installed previously because the school was in a different zoning district. When the town purchased the building and converted it to the municipal…

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