Brunswick board OKs 33-lot subdivision

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BRUNSWICK — The Planning Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a final application for a new 33-lot subdivision off Old Portland Road.

The developer, William Moore, had already received a subdivision permit from the town in 2009 for four residential lots and 14 commercial/industrial lots on the 76-acre property.

The addition of more than 30 new residential lots on the parcel bounded by Old Portland Road and I-295, and called “Spruce Meadow,” is meant to “attract new families and ’empty nesters’ wishing to reside in a neighborhood setting with many possibilities for outdoor living activities,” according to Curt Neufeld, the site’s engineer.

One large, 36-acre lot will be maintained as open space, according to the application prepared by Neufeld’s firm, Sitelines P.A. The developer will cut two loop trails along existing logging paths on the site, and then hand over maintenance to a homeowner’s association.

Neufeld wrote in a letter to Parks and Recreation Director Tom Farrell that the developer expects the project to be “desirable to middle income families and retirees, with home values ranging from $200,000 to $250,000.”

Moore intends to sell the lots as undeveloped land from $40,000 to $50,000, he added.

The development will be served by private water and sewer, and the state Department of Environmental Protection is reviewing the stormwater management plan.

Because the property is located in the rural fire protection district, the Brunswick Fire Department asked the Planning Board to include a condition of approval that residents be made aware, through written deed notices, that they live in a “district with limited water supply and will likely result in lengthy emergency response times and increased insurance rates.”

In 2009, the Maine Historic Preservation Commission identified the area as potentially containing prehistoric archaeological sites. A survey by Bowdoin College Archaeologist Leslie Shaw later that year determined no further investigation was needed.

Since then, the developer has began work on the loop road, which is approximately 2,230 linear feet and will access the subdivision. It has been proposed the town accept the road when it is completed.

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

The new 33-lot Spruce Meadow subdivision, approved by the Planning Board Dec. 8, is bounded by I-295 to the north and Old Portland Road to the south.

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.