Gorham OKs Narragansett zoning change


Gorham Town Council Tuesday approves mixed-use allowing residential units on floors above businesses in the Narragansett Development District.

GORHAM — The Town Council Tuesday approved a measure that amends the commercial Narragansett Development District to allow mixed-use buildings with residential units on floors above businesses.

The district runs along a stretch of Narragansett Street westerly from the roundabout with the Bernard P. Rines Bypass.

The Town Council approved amending the district 6-1 with Town Councilor Paul Smith opposed.

Town Planner Tom Poirier, speaking from the public podium, said residential buildings by themselves are not allowed by itself in the district. No one from the public spoke.

The action brings zoning for the district into compliance with the town’s comprehensive plan. Buildings in the district could be 50 feet high or four stories.

Town Councilor Ronald Shepard said the measure had been hashed over in the past. “It’s time to move forward,” Shepard said before the board voted.

Robert Lowell can be reached AT 854-2577 or email [email protected]