Portland, Maine: Preserve Fishing, or Allow Condos?

The Portland waterfront is zoned to exclude anything but marine uses, but with a slump in the fishing industry property owners are pushing for the freedom to build for other uses along the water.

Tom Bell writes, "The area between the Maine State Pier and the International Marine Terminal -- the central waterfront zone -- has 50 acres that can be developed. Under the current zoning, the ground floors of buildings in the area must be entirely for marine use, and the berthing space can be used only for commercial vessels.

The proposed changes would allow as much as half of a building's ground floor space to be for non-marine uses, and as much as half of the berthing space to be used for recreational boats."

Full Story: Portland waterfront property owners propose more relaxed zoning

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