Brunswick Planning Board OKs horse pasturing, application extension

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BRUNSWICK — Planning Board members kept their first meeting of the year short Jan. 12, unanimously approving modifications to two previously approved applications.

The first was for a proposed amendment to the major development review for  Wildberry Lane subdivision, off of Woodside Road, which was approved by the board in 1998.

The subdivision includes a residential access road, called Wildberry Lane, five residential lots and two lots designated for open space.

The applicants, Danny and Rachel Nadeau, were seeking to change a section of the subdivision plan stating that the second of the open space lots could allow pasturing for two horses.

The Nadeaus wanted to increase the number of horses allowed to five. The board unanimously approved the requested amendment.

The second agenda item concerned the The Ledges Congregate Care Facility, a proposed 37-unit care facility off Bath Road approved by the board in 2008. So far, only Phase I of the project, a 15-space parking lot, has been completed.

The board has already granted three, two-year extensions to the facility’s site plan approval, and project representative Curt Neufeld asked the board Tuesday evening for a fourth.

The initial extensions, he told the board, were a product of the economic downturn. “The timing of the first approval turned out to be unfortunate in 2008,” he said.

The need for a new extension, however, stems from ongoing negotiations between a potential operating partner for the facility and Briarwood Partners, the applicant.

Neufeld said the previous operator had dropped out because “California and retirement sounded better than operating” a care facility.

The proposed Ledges care facility is directly across the street from Sunnybrook Village. Although Ledges, if built, would be operated separately, there would be “cross-over services” between the two facilities, according to the project application.

Sunnybrook Village is owned and operated by Rick and Shuree Emery, and was financed by Briarwood Partners.

The board deemed the application complete and approved the extension by a unanimous vote. 

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

The Brunswick Planning Board Jan. 12 approved a request to pasture five horses in a common space at the Wildberry Lane subdivision.

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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.