Developers and neighbors battle over Portland farmland
Posted April 17
PORTLAND, Maine — Portland neighbors and developers are going head-to-head over development of the city's last remaining farmland.
The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/2oPkorL ) reports a group of Maine investors by the name of Camelot Holdings LLC has a contract to purchase the 4,400-square-foot Camelot Farm property for $2.4 million. The group plans to turn the area into 95 single-family homes.
Camelot Holdings is now asking the city to rezone the property to allow them to build homes closer together.
More than two dozen residents have written the Planning Board in opposition to the zoning change, saying it will increase traffic and lead to the loss of wildlife habitat.
City Councilor Brian Batson says he hopes the developers and neighbors can reach a middle ground.
The Planning Board votes on the zoning change in May.