Maine city bans campgrounds to dam homeless commune plan

Bradford residents voted Tuesday to briefly halt growth of a wide selection of homes and shelters after studying a few Bangor man’s plans to accommodate homeless individuals there.

The city unveiled a draft moratorium ordinance Sept. 18, which mentioned that Bradford is “out of the blue confronted with the prospect of elevated growth strain from proposals for rooming homes and shelters.” Residents have considerations in regards to the location, operation of such locations, well being and security, environmental results, adjoining property values and different components, the doc mentioned.

The ordinance is a response to the plans of Michael Tuller, president of nonprofits Bangor Pals of Inexpensive Housing and Bangor Pals of Folks in Want. He purchased 35 acres in Bradford, which he intends to develop right into a protected group for individuals who don’t have properties, describing one thing like a rural commune.