Camden electorate will determine subsequent month whether to limit rapid food restaurants to a specific a part of Route 1, in addition to to permit for the commercial cultivation of leisure marijuana.
Both of the proposed ordinances had been accredited with the aid of the Camden planning and pick out forums last month to head on the June eleven ballot . Voters may also determine whether or not to have Camden be part of some of Maine cities that have adopted food sovereignty.
Restrictions on wherein speedy meals eating places can function in Camden have been floated in view that a Dunkin’ Donuts attempted to open within the downtown district in 2009. The franchise by no means ended up establishing a vicinity in Camden and no municipal restrictions have been ever put into area.
Earlier this yr, an offer to restriction fast food eating places to a small part of Route 1 simply south of Camden’s downtown became positioned forth by means of the Camden Planning Board. The restrict could permit for Camden’s downtown to keep a lifestyle of having typically locally owned restaurants.
“The making plans board proposes [the amendment] to make sure that meals provider corporations trying to discover in Camden appreciate the present make-up of Camden’s business economy,” the proposed ordinance states.
An in advance model of the proposed ordinance blanketed a listing of traits that described what a “method-based totally” ― or rapid meals ― eating place is, but that has been simplified to a eating place that has 50 or greater places, in line with Jeremy Martin, Camden’s director of planning and improvement.
This new definition would mean that, if exceeded, the ordinance could no longer affect an present Sea Dog Brewing Co. Restaurant, that’s a Maine-owned chain, that has a location in downtown Camden.
While Camden is looking to limit where speedy meals restaurants can operate, some other ordinance slated for the June 11 ballot could open up wherein business marijuana can be grown.
The proposed ordinance could allow for both indoor and outdoor leisure marijuana cultivation, depending on where on the town a cultivation facility plans to function. Cultivation could no longer be allowed within 500 ft of faculties, day care facilities, the Camden Snowbowl, Harbor Park or the library. Cultivation might also not be allowed inside the downtown or village districts.
For a facility to open, the proprietors might need to cross before the zoning board of appeals to obtain a unique exemption.
“I assume Camden in all fairness revolutionary on this topic,” Martin said. “It assume it’s an awesome notion. I assume it’s very considerate.”