Brunswick subdivision gets green light

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BRUNSWICK — The Planning Board Tuesday approved the Chamberlain Woods subdivision.

The board had tabled the application in April, concerned that the plan contained too many conditions of approval.

Although a few conditions still remained on Tuesday, board members saw them as standard, and unanimously approved the application.

With the approval of the final plan major review application, the developer, Coastal Buildings and Investments, can break ground on a project that’s been on and off the table for almost a decade.

The Boody Street parcel was originally slated to be a large condominium project in 2006. That was reduced to a 17-lot subdivision, which was later trimmed to 10 lots. Town Planner Jeremy Doxsee cited higher-than-expected development costs as the main reason the developer made the changes.

The builder plans to develop eight lots around a cul-de-sac at the end of Boody Street, with a previously constructed house on Belmont Street, and leave a large, wooded parcel undeveloped.

The Planning Board did add one significant condition of approval.

“This is one of the more complex and detailed storm-water management plans we’ve ever reviewed,” board Chairman Charles Frizzle said. So before construction begins, the board is asking the developer to have a meeting with Public Works staff, the engineering consultant and the roadway site work contractor, “to make sure everyone’s on the same page,” he said.

After the meeting, engineer Kevin Clark said the next step for the developer would be to receive bids on the approved plans.

Coastal Buildings and Investments hopes to begin construction this year, and build houses by next year, Clark said.

“Of course, it will all be dictated by market forces,” he said.

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.