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Lisbon Town Council debates one acre minimum building law

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LISBON – The Lisbon Town Council is not moving forward with a recommendation by Code Enforcement Officer Christopher J. Sherwin that the town allow residential building on suitable plots less than one acre.

Mr. Sherwin made the recommendation at the Council’s December meeting.

Planning Board President Steven Wallace said he was opposed to this recommendation because it could lead to increased housing density.

Currently the town requires residential building be done on plots that are one acre or larger.

Town Supervisor James W. Armstrong said, “In talking to members of the Planning Board the consensus was that everybody wanted to leave [the one acre requirement] in.”

Mr. Armstrong said the law is in place so “you couldn’t put one on top of another…. It protects your neighbor.”

But Town Council member Susan M. Duffy said the one acre minimum is pointlessly restrictive.

“I have not given up the fight to get the minimum dimension removed,” Ms. Duffy said in an email.

The Town Council is holding a public forum on March 13 to discuss removing the Planning Board’s mandate to approve single family dwellings.

Ms. Duffy said she also wants to see that proposal expanded to include all residential permits, including second residences on the same plot.

She wants to see that review power placed in the hands of the code enforcement officer.

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