2015-02-13 / In the News

Council adds preservation to list of goals

Last week, Town Councilors finalized a list of things they would like to accomplish by year’s end. The list comprises 10 goals, and includes creating a responsible and realistic budget; maintaining and strengthening the town’s relationship with legislators; conducting a town-wide revaluation; continuing to promote economic development; creating financial bench marks; organizing an all-committee summit; creating a master plan for the municipal campus; surveying how services are offered; striving towards transparency in government and improved communications and continuing work to increase affordable or workforce housing.

The council also added historic preservation as something it would like to continue to work on in 2015. Town Council Chairman Jessica Holbrook said she intends to have quarterly updates at Town Council workshops as to the progress in meeting each goal. The list of goals will be placed on the town’s website (scarboroughmaine.org).

On Feb. 4, the council reviewed a recommendation from the Ad-hoc Historic Preservation Committee that creates a list of 48 historically significant buildings in town and gives property owners incentives to help preserve them.

Scarborough Town Planner Dan Bacon said one incentive is offering property owners a residential density credit so, if they are redeveloping the property, the historic building can be preserved without counting against the amount of density that is permitted. The other is allowing certain building code and fire code exceptions so owners can maintain historic elements instead of having to remove or alter them if they don’t meet today’s standards.

Holbrook said the adhoc committee’s work continues. Next month the committee will review a request from two property owners to be included on the list of 48 historically significant buildings and over the next few months, the committee will be finalizing a list of historically significant cemeteries, markers and other sites around Scarborough.

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