FARMINGTON — A zoning change designed to encourage local business development is one of a handful of topics that will come before voters later this month.

Another is the approval of a proposed Property Assessed Clean Energy ordinance, which would allow property owners to apply for energy improvement loans of up to $15,000 for projects that would help to reduce energy needs. The statewide program is administered by the Efficiency Maine Trust.

On Tuesday, the Board of Selectmen approved a warrant for a special town meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Community Center on Middle Street.

Two items on the warrant would amend zoning ordinances to allow more commercial activity in more Farmington areas.

If approved, light commercial activity would be allowed in two residential areas — northwest of the intersection of Town Farm and Temple roads and southwest of the Temple Road and Oakes Street intersection.

The changes would allow existing businesses that predate the residential designation to expand. Madore’s Market owners Kevin and Cindy Madore, who asked for the change, have said that they would like to add a bakery.

An area south of the Temple Road and Oakes Street intersection would change from a village business district to a residential and light commercial district.

Some of the village residential district southeast of the intersection of Bridge and Oakes streets would be changed to village business. The area includes the Grange, the West Farmington post office and Print, Press & Personalize.

The selectmen voted in favor of the zoning changes in June, after a public hearing when only supportive comments were made.

Other items on the special town meeting warrant include procedural changes to the zoning board, an update of the sewer ordinance, and an expenditure of $25,000 from the undesignated fund balance to complete the construction of the Police Department garage.

 

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