Falmouth, developer agree on Tidewater changes

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FALMOUTH — The developers seeking to extend the life of the Tidewater Master Development Plan have agreed to complete a list of requirements in order to continue the project.

Tidewater LLC approached the Town Council in January seeking an extension of the master plan, which was set to expire in April. The developers wanted a 10-year extension, and the council agreed on six months, to identify changes Tidewater would have to make to complete the build-out.

At a March 27 Council meeting, Councilor Caleb Hemphill said the developers had agreed to make all the changes required. Hemphill said they include things like updates to the plan, more specific design guidelines, and combining and resolving the conservation easement and the land management plan.

“The list was sent to (developer) Nathan Bateman, and he agreed that they would comply with the requests,” Hemphill said.

The list of requirements is to be completed prior to July 27, in time to go before the council at its Aug. 10 meeting, which Hemphill called an “aggressive time line.” The current master plan extension expires Oct. 5.

Councilor Sean Mahoney said many of the requests are “clean-up actions,” and others are “associated with changes,” such as changing the use of a parcel previously designated for an inn to elderly housing.

Most of the changes would take place in the Tidewater Farm parcels, where there are 50 single-family homes, and relate to conservation, a dilapidated farm building, and the aforementioned inn site. These include identifying property boundaries, allowing the demolition and rebuilding of the farm building, and invasive species removal.

Other changes including adding an additional 10 dwelling units in Tidewater Village, which is designated for commercial and mixed-use properties, along with a reduction of open space, allowing restaurant use in retail space.

There is also a request to maintain most of another parcel in Tidewater Village as open space, as well as exploration of adding up to three additional units.

Colin Ellis can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or cellis@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @colinoellis.

Reporter covering the Portland Public School District as well as the town of Falmouth for The Forecaster. Can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or cellis@theforecaster.net.