Brunswick Planning Board OKs Church Road subdivison

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BRUNSWICK — The Planning Board on Sept. 10 approved the final subdivision plan for the proposed Meadow Rose Farm subdivision off Church Road.

The board approved the project’s sketch application in April.

The parcel, owned by Brunswick-based Two Clarks LLC, is just over 70 acres, and lies between Greenwood Road and Friendship Street.

The applicant plans to develop 12 lots for residential use, fed by a new 2,200-foot private road.

It will be connected to public water, but will require future owners to build private waste-water disposal systems, according to the project application.

The subdivision, which lies in the Rural Brunswick Smart Growth overlay and Coastal Protection zoning district, is wooded and contains areas of freshwater wetland.

Two Clarks plans to dedicate more than 30 acres, or just under half of the land, to the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, to manage for future public access.

BTLT’s board of directors voted July 15 to take on the project, according to a letter from Executive Director Angela Twitchell.

The site also contains vernal pools, but the Maine Department of Environmental Protection designated the wetlands “not significant” under state criteria in a letter Aug. 3.

The project does, however, need DEP approval on two items before work can begin: a Natural Resources Protection Act permit and storm-water permit.

A DEP sign-off on the storm-water management plan is required because the project will result in more than one acre of disturbed area, and more than 20,000 square feet of new impervious area, according to Kevin Clark, the site’s engineer.

The project is just down the street from the site of the proposed Amtrak layover facility, which just received its DEP-approved storm-water management permit in June.

Neighbors are appealing that permit to the DEP’s citizen oversight board.

Two Clarks estimates home prices for the new project will start at $250,000.

Walter Wuthmann can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or Follow Walter on Twitter: @wwuthmann.

Brunswick/Harpswell reporter for The Forecaster. Bowdoin College grad, San Francisco Bay Area native. Follow for municipal, school, community, and environmental news from the Midcoast.