Whitefield selectmen meet Thursday night for a special meeting to call for a referendum vote in November on proposed changes to the town’s development ordinance.

Town officials have proposed changes to the development ordinance to set standards for mineral extraction and gravel mining, according to Aaron Miller, administrative assistant to the selectmen.

Selectmen meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Whitefield Fire and Rescue Station on Townhouse Road to finalize the proposed amendments and call for a referendum election Nov. 4 for residents to vote on the proposed changes. Nov. 4 is Election Day.

The town has a moratorium in place banning new or expanded mining. It was enacted to give the town time to address changes to the development ordinance.

The re-examination was spurred by a proposal to expand a gravel pit owned by Harry C. Crooker & Sons at Thayer Road and Route 218.

Town officials are concerned that Whitefield doesn’t have adequate regulations for mining operations since a Sagadahoc County Superior Court judge declared the town’s development ordinance unconstitutionally vague in 1994.

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