Scarborough projects make Planning Board progress

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SCARBOROUGH — Representatives of Leighton Farm LLC Tuesday night received preliminary Planning Board permission to continue the remaining phases of the 99-lot subdivision between the Nonesuch River and Elmwood Road.

Also Tuesday, a public hearing on a proposed contract zone amendment for the Piper Shores Retirement Community, which initially met strong opposition, provoked no public comment.

The first phase of construction for 24 lots at Leighton Farm is well underway, Senior Planner Jay Chace said. 

The board first approved the project about a year ago, at which time concerns were expressed about increased noise levels, as part of the subdivision abuts Hospice of Southern Maine’s hospice garden. 

Since the initial approval, the project configuration is “ostensibly the same,” he said; two of the lots might have to be reconfigured due to space constraints. 

The second phase requires Town Council approval before it is sent back to the Planning Board for final approval, Chace said.

Depending on when the proposal is vetted by the council, final approval from the Planning Board is expected before summer.

Piper Shores

The Town Council granted preliminary approval for the Piper Shores project in mid-December 2014.

The request to amend the current contract zone would allow the 138-acre oceanfront property to provide 28 assisted-living units in addition to its existing 160 apartments, 40 independent living cottages and an expanded parking lot. 

The next step for the proposal is to host a public hearing and a second reading with the Town Council, Town Planner Dan Bacon said. The proposal will then come back to the Planning Board for final approval. 

Alex Acquisto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or Follow Alex on Twitter: @AcquistoA.  

South Portland and Scarborough reporter for The Forecaster. Graduate of Western Kentucky University and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Alex can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106.