Planners table action on brewery proposal to July 3

By Lisa Williams Ackley

Staff Writer

The Bridgton Planning Board has unanimously voted to table the Mount Henry Brewing Company's application for a microbrewery and taproom on Portland Road until its next meeting on July 3, as the applicants still need to prove they meet the two performance standards for surface water drainage and potential water pollution under the Town of Bridgton Site Plan Review Ordinance.

So far, the planning board members have said the Mount Henry Brewing Company owners have proven they meet all of the performance standards in the Site Plan Review Ordinance, with the exception of the two pertaining to surface water drainage and undue water pollution.

"The applicants have to satisfy us (the planning board) that they meet the performance requirements," Planning Board Chairman Steve Collins said, Wednesday morning.

Co-applicants Angela Roux and Robert Prindall may have to hire an engineering firm to prove they do meet the performance standards pertaining to surface water drainage and undue water pollution — that determination is up to them, according to the planning board.

When Roux asked if the project could receive the planning board's tentative approval June 5, Chairman Collins replied, "It's not an ironclad outcome, so I'd be reluctant to give tentative approval tonight."

Disc golf proposal

Beaver Creek Disc Golf, an 18-hole professional disc golf course proposed by Chris and Lynne Olsen on a 66-acre parcel off Hio Ridge Road, took part in a pre-application session with the planning board, Tuesday night.

The same parcel of land received approval from the Bridgton Planning Board in the early 1990s for the Landing at Beaver Creek subdivision, but that approval has since expired.

Adjacent property owner Tom McCarthy expressed concerns about the impact the proposed disc golf course could have on Beaver Pond and surrounding properties. He said that, until now, there has been no public access to Beaver Pond.

Chris Olsen, who said there are currently 30 disc golf courses in Maine, stated the proposed disc golf course would not be near Beaver Pond or within the Shoreland Zone.

"This isn't in the Shoreland Zone — I can tell you that, right now," Chris Olsen said.

"Yes, that won't be part of this (disc golf course project), at all — it's not on the pond, at all," said Lynne Olsen.

Chris Olsen said there would be a "wood-chipped path around the whole golf course, probably a mile long."

"We're not trying to reach a consensus tonight," said Collins, "but we want to get the public's concerns ahead of time, so they're (the applicants) prepared to answer those when they come back (before the planning board)."

Three approvals under Site Plan Review Ordinance

Three applications have been approved under the Bridgton Site Plan Review Ordinance by Code Enforcement Office Rob Baker, as they did not require review by the Bridgton Planning Board:

• Ann Knightly, for a low-impact business at 3 Harrison Road (the former Bolster's building);

• Harry Barker's Too, antique store relocating from 148 Main Street to 52 Portland Road; and

• Bridgton Academy, renovations and additions to the existing science building on Academy Lane.

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