May 26, 2019

Hampden eyes zoning change at general contractor’s request

HAMPDEN – The town is considering changing its zoning ordinance at the request of a general contracting business that wants to dig a gravel pit adjacent to a Route 202 industrial park.

Vaughn Thibodeau and Sons of Bangor wants to extract gravel and stone from a 10-acre parcel next to the Ammo Industrial Park, but the town’s ordinance now allows such activity only in the rural zone, Town Planner Robert Osborne said Monday.

The site, located in the industrial 2 zone, is mostly wooded and bounded by Route 202 and Interstate 95.

“Locationally, this seems like a relatively reasonable place to do this,” Osborne said. “It’s a fairly well defined physical boundary.”

The Town Council will consider the zoning amendment at its Monday, July 18, meeting, and possibly send it to the planning board for review. If passed, the amendment would affect nearly 600 acres in town.

Vaughn Thibodeau and Sons is waiting for resolution on the issue before filing a formal application, Osborne said. The company’s proposal also is subject to review by the state Department of Environmental Protection, he said.

A representative from the earthworking and construction business did not return a call for comment Tuesday.

The plans for the gravel pit are part of Vaughn Thibodeau and Sons’ anticipated move to the industrial park, Osborne said. The business is in the process of purchasing a lot adjacent to the proposed gravel pit site, now home to power plant construction company Larkin Enterprises, to house its offices, he said.

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