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Cumberland council OKs zone change, storage shed

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Cumberland council OKs zone change, storage shed

CUMBERLAND — The Town Council unanimously approved the conversion Monday of four lots from Industrial zoning to Rural Residential 2.

The change, recommended by the Planning Board, concerns lots at the corner of Blackstrap Road and Goose Pond Road, in the western part of town. Jason Copp will likely build a house on one of those lots, owned by his uncle, Mark Kuntz, which requires the change to residential zoning, according to Town Manager Bill Shane.

Kuntz's property is about 40 feet above the active part of the Industrial Zone, near a partially spent gravel pit, but is of a largely residential nature, Shane said. Three adjacent lots – two owned by Kuntz and another owned by other family members – were in the Industrial zone but grandfathered as residential, and those were also converted Monday to Rural Residential.

"(If) all of a sudden we create one residential lot, and then a business goes in right next door, it (wouldn't) make a lot of sense," Shane said.

The Town Council also authorized Shane to sign an agreement with the Cumberland/North Yarmouth Football Boosters for a storage shed to be built at the West Cumberland Athletic Field. The 20-foot-tall shed will also serve as an elevated platform from which games can be filmed, Shane said.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.