The Press Herald published an update on Protect Downeast’s opposition to the Jonesport Planning Board’s decision to allow a $110 million facility that would cultivate yellowtail kingfish.
Elizabeth Boepple, who represents the group, was quoted in the article.
The Kingfish Maine facility would be in a limited residential zone where aquaculture uses are permitted, but commercial and industrial uses are not. The board considers the development an aquaculture use, while Protect Downeast said the facility is clearly for commercial and industrial use. Elizabeth Boepple, the attorney representing Protect Downeast, said the group considers the error a matter of misunderstanding town ordinances and how to apply them to a complicated project.
“As often happens, our local planning boards struggle to review projects of significant size,” she said in an interview. Boepple likened it to how some small towns grappled with applying their municipal laws to the New England Clean Energy Connect power line corridor.