New Scarborough Beach parking lot decision delayed again

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SCARBOROUGH — A meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals that would have ruled on a special exception appeal for construction of a 500-car parking lot near Scarborough Beach was delayed this week.

Town staff decided changes to the proposal by Black Point Resources Management warranted re-notification to the public.

“We will re-notify the public as per the Zoning Ordinance, which is notice to abutters, a notice in the paper and posting the meeting in Town Hall — all typical procedures,” Planning Director Dan Bacon said.

The meeting had been scheduled for March 9, but was postponed after the applicant made substantive changes to the appeal. The meeting has been rescheduled for March 31 at 7 p.m.

More than 100 people turned out for a Jan. 31 meeting where Sprague Corp., the owners of Black Point Resources Management, presented its development plan for the property, including a large parking lot that would give people access to 1,700 feet of beach near the popular Scarborough Beach State Park.

However, after hearing from many neighbors and residents who expressed concerns ranging from odor and noise from cars, to traffic and pedestrian safety on Black Point Road, Sprague Corp. asked for the appeal to be tabled to the board’s March 9 meeting.

The ZBA will take public comment on the changes at the March 31 meeting.