Bradford’s Choose Board is contemplating a moratorium on the event of sure housing and shelters after residents final month fiercely opposed a Bangor man’s plans to create housing for many who are homeless.
Bradford is “all of a sudden confronted with the prospect of elevated growth strain from proposals for rooming homes and shelters,” based on a draft of the moratorium ordinance.
Residents have shared issues concerning the location, growth and operation of such locations. That features well being and security, environmental results, high quality of life, adjoining property values and dimension, the doc mentioned.
Michael Tuller, who’s president of nonprofits Bangor Associates of Reasonably priced Housing and Bangor Associates of Individuals in Want, purchased 35 acres in Bradford, which he intends to develop right into a secure group for individuals who don’t have properties. That may very well be a park for RVs or tiny properties, he mentioned final month, describing one thing like a commune.
Although it doesn’t explicitly state it, the proposed moratorium is a response to Tuller’s plans, which largely stay unclear as a result of he has not submitted them to Bradford’s Planning Board. He has a allow for a septic system, but when adopted, this would prohibit him from constructing sure housing and shelters, that are outlined within the doc.
The proposed moratorium offers the Bradford Choose Board 180 days to contemplate residents’ issues and the adequacy of the municipality’s land use ordinances. Meaning the board might determine to create new ordinances that defend residents and the well being of the city.
Board members mentioned the draft at a gathering Monday night time, and its language will seemingly be revised after residents raised concepts and questions.
“The choose board is being conscientious,” the city’s lawyer, Kristi Trafton of regulation agency Rudman Winchell, informed residents. “They don’t need to hamper growth within the city.”
Trafton’s understanding is that Tuller has a allow for a septic system for a four-bedroom home, six tiny properties or six campsites, she mentioned. However there aren’t any constructing plans, she mentioned. Individuals have been curious why the septic system allow was even allowed.
“I haven’t heard one individual on the town advocate for this,” Vice Chairperson Julie McCarthy mentioned about Tuller’s plans.
Bradford desires to stop a scarcity or overburdening of public services, which is foreseeable if proposed rooming homes and shelters are developed with out laws, based on the moratorium draft.
The draft defines a rooming home as a dwelling as an area that “is let by the proprietor or operator to 4 or extra individuals who should not the partner, authorized dependent, mum or dad or sibling of the proprietor or operator.”
It defines a shelter as “a facility or group of hooked up or indifferent services offering short-term in a single day shelter to people in a dormitory type or per-bed association.” The draft additionally consists of definitions for dwelling, dwelling unit and rooming unit.
Residents requested questions and recommended tweaks to the draft, apprehensive that Tuller would discover a loophole. They puzzled why tiny properties should not prohibited within the proposed moratorium, and Trafton mentioned that underneath state regulation, such constructions are thought-about single-family properties. A moratorium on tiny properties can be tougher, she mentioned.
These in attendance additionally requested how the city would implement the moratorium if it passes at a later date, particularly as a result of its code enforcement officer not too long ago resigned. Bradford can also be trying to find a city supervisor, although Lois Jones is serving as interim.
“I don’t need this in my yard,” one individual mentioned, referring to a latest occasion of emergency responders aiding an unconscious man who seemed to be with no dwelling. “I cope with it daily at work.”