Maine Ballot An amendment to Tremont, Maine’s Land Use Ordinance regarding campgrounds will go before voters in May, according to the Mount Desert Islander.

Whether Article 45 passes or not won’t have any bearing on campground applications currently before the town’s Planning Board.

Amendments outlined in the article include a 50–foot setback from the outer property line for any camping-related activity such as fire pits or picnic tables, a requirement for 30-gallon trash receptacles for all camping structures, adequate buffering from neighboring properties and fire chief approval of constructed fire pits.

Three different campground applications have gone before the Planning Board in the last two years. One application for a 15-site campground with tent platforms and cabins was denied under the assertion that four conditions of the application had not been met. Another 11-site campground with cabins on Kelleytown Road under the name Acadia Wilderness Lodge was approved by the Planning Board. Owners of that campground have recently submitted an application for a 154-site campground with access on Tremont Road. That application is still under review.

In order for a campground to operate, it must also go through an approval process at the state level and qualify for a Department of Health and Human Services license once it has passed all requirements at the local level.

There are two other warrant articles, numbers 43 and 44, focusing on amendments recently made to the Land Use Ordinance and the Site Plan Review Ordinance. These changes were made to “correct certain technical concerns, change certain definitions and to better “synchronize” the two ordinances, as the warrant articles state.

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