DP 4944 Proposed Telecommunications Tower

Big Lake Twp., Washington County

Last Updated: October 20, 2014

Development Permit Application DP 4944: US Cellular, through its agent Black Diamond Consultants, Inc., has submitted an application seeking approval to construct a Utility Facility, specifically a telecommunications tower (the Facility), in Big Lake Township, Washington County, Maine. The Facility would be constructed on a 40,000 square foot leased parcel accessed by a 30-foot by 800-foot utility/access easement. The Facility would include a 250-foot lattice-style tower, a 75-foot by 75-foot chain-linked fenced area with co-locations for six (6) tenants, a 30-foot by 85-foot parking area, and an 18-foot by 800-foot driveway. The tower would be lighted to comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements. The lease and easement area are portions of three contiguous lots identified as Maine Revenue Service Map WA033, Plan 04, Lots 23, 25 and 26 and described in Washington Registry of Deeds Book 1885, Page 171. The parcels are owned by Christopher S. Cochran. The lots are zoned Residential Development (D-RS) Subdistrict and General Management (M-GN) Subdistrict.

The Commission's Statute and Rules

Document Title and Description Links
Title 12 Land Use Law - The Commission's enabling statute, including criteria for approval of a development permit. 12 M.R.S (HTML)
Refer to Section 685-B(4).
Commission's Land Use Districts and Standards - Description of the Commission's land use subdistricts and land use standards applied in review of development proposals. Ch 10: Land Use Districts and Standards (HTML)
Commission's Rules of Practice and Rules for the Conduct of Public Hearings - Detailed description of the Commission's rules of practice (Chapter 4), including rules for permit applications, when to hold a public hearing, and procedures and time limits for issuing a permit decision; and the Commission's rules for the conduct of public hearings (Chapter 5). Ch 4: Rules of Practice (DOC)
Ch 5: Rules for the Conduct of Public Hearings (DOC)

Public Participation

On August 13, 2014, the Commission held a public hearing on DP 4944 in Princeton, ME. The original comment period has been extended. Written comments on the proposal may be submitted until 5:00 PM Monday, October 20, 2014, to allow interested persons to file written statements with the Commission, and for an additional 7 days until Monday, October 27, 2014, to allow interested persons to file written statements in rebuttal of any statements filed during the proceeding comment period. The record of the hearing will then close.

If you wish to provide comments or receive postal or e-mail notices about upcoming events and important deadlines related to the Commission's review of this proposal, contact Karen Bolstridge (207-941-4052) at the LUPC Downeast regional office.

Project Updates and Upcoming Events

Date Description Additional Information
  Final Decision
  Staff Recommendation
9/16/2014 Notice of Extension of Administrative Record Notice
8/29/2014 Notice of Extension of Administrative Record Notice
8/25/2014 Submittals Received After Public Hearing Exhibits:
8/25/2014 Index to Record Exhibits Index (As amended 10/20/2014)
Documents available upon request
08/13/2014 Public hearing Public Hearing Notice
Audio from Public Hearing:
  Application and Site Plans