January 21, 2020

Holden OKs conceptual plan for 40-lot subdivision

HOLDEN – The plan for a 40-lot subdivision on Eastern Avenue near the Holden-Brewer town line received a nod of approval on Wednesday from the planning board.

The plan for Pine Ridge Estates is a scaled-down version of the original design, which called for 60 house lots on the 100-plus acre site owned by Pell-Mull LLC of Bangor.

Carpenter Associates of Old Town designed the latest plans and presented them to the board, Jeanna DeTour, Carpenter engineering assistant, said Friday.

“It’s for single-family homes,” she said. “We’re hoping to get 40 lots, and we’re working with the town. We have 25 percent open space that is well beyond the 10 percent that is required.”

It has not been decided whether the homes would be built by Pell-Mull, which is owned by Greg Mullin, Scott Pelletier and James Pelletier, or whether the lots would be sold individually.

“It’s very similar in nature to Eaton Ridge, [located] next to it, which also has 40 lots,” Stephen Condon, Holden code enforcement officer, said Thursday.

There may be an issue with the name of the planned development, since Pine Ridge Estates is the name of a subdivision in Brewer on Allison Park Road, which also is located off Eastern Avenue near the Holden-Brewer town line. If there is a conflict with Emergency-911 officials, the name may be changed, both Condon and DeTour said.

The subdivision will have two entrances off Eastern Avenue and a good quantity of open space designed into the plans, Condon said.

“It has a large amount of open space for public use and is adjacent to the rail line, which may be opened for future public use,” he said.

The development will have a center core, created by the subdivision’s road, which also is part of the project’s open space.

The planning board did a site visit of the property last fall and expects to hold a public meeting on the project and review the preliminary plans at their April meeting, Condon said.

During the meeting, the board also reviewed several town ordinance amendments, most of which are just annual “housekeeping,” Condon said. A public hearing will be held at the April planning board meeting to continue to review the amendments before board members vote to present them to the public at the annual town meeting in June.

“The board has put forward about half a dozen amendments for the public hearing next month,” Condon said. After the hearing, “They will then make a determination to recommend or not recommend [the amendments] or simply withdrawn them.”

The next Holden planning board meeting is 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13.

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