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Posted on: July 24, 2017

Council to Discuss Creating Housing & Open Space on Outer Westbrook Street

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On Monday, July 24, 2017 at 6:00 PM, the City Council will take up a unanimous Planning Board  recommendation to rezone portions of Outer Westbrook Street to R-3 and ROS from R-1. The rezoning to R-3 will allow approximately 95 single family homes to be constructed in phases on land on 42 acres at 1700 Westbrook Street, currently a single family home, while preserving 24 acres of that land for open space. Additionally, another 12-14 units of housing could be produced on land abutting the Maine Turnpike on an adjacent parcel.

The wetlands along the Stroudwater River would remain in the Resource Protection Zone (RPZ) and the Board recommends rezoning approximately the high water mark of the river to the Recreation Open Space zone (ROS). The land within the ROS and RPZ would be held within an easement that provides public access for passive recreational purposes and eventually include over 24 acres of land conveyed to the City's Land Bank for public access and open space. This would be the largest public open space along the Stroudwater River.  

The proposal also includes removing the flexible housing overlay zone that is shown along a portion of Westbrook Street. 

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