Duties & Responsibilities
The Old Orchard Beach Planning Board reviews proposed development plans, Subdivisions, Conditional Use applications and Zoning Ordinance amendments. The Board works closely with zoning and subdivision regulations to ensure all development in Old Orchard Beach is incompliance with the comprehensive plan and local land-use regulations. The Planning Board has a workshop and a meeting each month, and holds site walks and public hearings as needed. The Planning Board has five members and two alternates. All members and alternates are appointed for a term of two years.
Section 901 of the Town Charter states:
Sec. 901. Planning Board.
There shall be a Town Planning Board composed of five (5) members and two (2) alternates which shall be appointed by the Town Council, have such powers and perform such duties as are provided by laws of the State of Maine and the ordinances duly adopted by the Council. Each member of the Planning Board and each alternate shall be appointed for a term of two (2) years and shall serve until a successor has been appointed and qualified.
Sec. 901.1. Subject to confirmation by the Council, the Town Manager shall appoint a Town Planner and a Code Enforcement Officer for a six (6) month probationary period during which they may be removed by the Manager with or without cause. After the probationary period, and subject to confirmation by the Council, the Town Planner and the Code Enforcement Officer shall be given two (2) year contracts subject to removal for cause by the Town Manager during the term of the contract, after notice and hearing. The Town Planner and the Code Enforcement Officer shall be given at least 60 days notice of nonrenewal of contract. The Town Planner and Code Enforcement Officer shall attend all meetings of the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals, or send a designee or request the Town Attorney to advise and assist these Boards, when they are