Petitions & Communications
- Presentation of a proposed Master Plan for the Wainwright Farm Recreation Complex. Next Steps: The Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Director will share the presentation materials with City Council and the report will be added to a future agenda for formal “acceptance” by Council.
- Various appointments to Boards and Committees were made; individuals will be sworn in at a later date.
- A Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the South Portland Police Command and Supervisory Unit was approved.
Public Hearings and Action
- A Public Hearing was held to designate Bug Light Park as a Tier 1 protected property and provide a Conservation Easement to the South Portland Land Trust. The Council did not support providing an easement on City land to a third party and the motion failed. Next Steps: The Planning Director and Corporation Council will work on a revised plan that would protect Tier 1 properties without an easement, and bring forward an ordinance amendment to this effect.
Action on Old and New Business
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs):
- ORDINANCE #15-22/23 passed first reading. This is an amendment to Chapter 27, "Zoning", that removes the requirement that ADUs be owner occupied. Next Steps: The Ordinance will go to the Planning Board for a Public Hearing and then will be added to a future City Council agenda for a second reading.
Bike/Ped Advisory Committee:
- ORDINANCE #16-22/23 passed first reading. This is an amendment to Chapter 2, "Administration & Legislation" that updates the Membership Requirements of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Next Steps: The Ordinance will be added to the Feb. 21, 2023 City Council agenda for a second reading.
Extending the Deadline for special Conditions placed on the Lodging Licenses for the Days Inn and Comfort Inn:
- ORDERS #19-22/23 and #20-22/23 were amended, at the request of New Gen Hospitality and New Gen Hotels Group, respectively, to extend the deadline on the License Conditions for the Days Inn and Comfort Inn in South Portland. The Council voted to extend the deadline on license conditions placed on the hotels, which have been operating (illegally) as de facto homeless shelters for the past several years via a contract with Maine Housing. The contracts allow placement of overflow clients from the City of Portland's homeless shelter. The new deadline is April 30, 2023.
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