Plan for cabins near Unity Pond raises zoning questions

Portland Press Herald

Attorney Kristin Collins is quoted in this article about the role of the Board of Appeals in a zoning decision in the town of Unity.

An Excerpt:

According to the town’s attorney, Kristin Collins of PretiFlaherty, the appeals board has two areas of jurisdiction that limit its power.

The board can handle traditional appeals, which would remand a case back to the Planning Board, should the appeals board conclude that it had violated an ordinance or made an error in its decision; or it can grant variances, which must meet the requirement of “undue hardship.”

“The Board of Appeals has to look very strictly at the variance standards,” Collins said. “The applicant has a really high bar to meet.”