Below are videos of Town Council Candidate Valentine Sheldon speaking at the recent “Meet & Greet”. Unfortunately, one or several of the other candidates refused to allow the event to be recorded for broadcast, distribution and posterity. Valentine wanted his positions recorded so as many residents can understand where he stands on the important issues facing Falmouth. please share.

Valentine Sheldon for Town Council – Introduction Speech
Valentine Sheldon for Town Council – Affordable Housing/Proposed Habitat Development
Valentine Sheldon for Town Council – Habitat Proposal/Top Two Issues Facing Falmouth
Valentine Sheldon for Town Council – Closing Statement

The Falmouth Town Council Should Repeal the 2016 Zoning Changes
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Teacher/Student ratios have exceeded ME State recommendations

Incoming Kindergarten class sizes have grown 26%

1st grade class sizes have grown 24%

7th and 8th grade class sizes have grown 15% each

2016-2018 was the FASTEST three year growth period in the past 12 years

2018 had the LARGEST amount of Capped Growth in the past 12 years – 72 units

2018 growth was 67% HIGHER than the preceding 9 year annual average

2017-18 was the FASTEST two year period of growth in the past 12 years

2016-17 was the 2nd FASTEST two year period of growth in the past 12 years

Average annual growth increased by 40%

2016-18 is the ONLY 3 year period during the past 12, in which EVERY SINGLE YEAR growth was 60% HIGHER than the stable growth rate


The Falmouth Town Council Should Repeal the 2016 Zoning Changes
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13 thoughts on “”

  1. Don’t care more for the developers than you do for the residents. Turning Falmouth from a town into a city is not progress. Who does it benefit?

  2. My name is John Winslow, I initiated the petition drive to vote on revoking these July 2016 zoning changes. The Town Council along with various boards were lead down this path by Nathan Poore and his hand pick team of Amanda Stearns and Theo Holtwik. I have noticed that Amanda has made herself scarce since this has been brought back to the forefront. Amanda now is the Towns open space manager along with being the Land Use Policy Specialist consultant with an office. She managed to get a Contract Zoning Ordinance on the books in less than 8 weeks. The Town has done just fine for the past 38 years when the State Legislature passed a Contract Zoning Law back in 1978. There seems to be a lot of kool aid drinking going on at Town Hall.
    Thank you for developing this web page.

  3. I was glad to find this website, and I hope other residents of RA will also find it and make their opinions known. It is difficult to determine who other than developers, real estate agents, and those leaving Falmouth would benefit from these changes.

    I am hopeful that an adjustment can be made to the current lot dimensions in RA through the strategy described at the 12/10/18 Town Council meeting. As I understand it, this would involve dividing the RA district into several subdistricts that would allow for different lot dimensions. My primary concern is the timeframe for making these proposed changes.

    As those Councilors who have toured Falmouth to see firsthand how lots are being divided and multistory small footprint houses are being built, the impact on quality of life and the character of Falmouth can not fully be appreciated by relying solely on data from LPAC.

  4. I hope everybody that is reading this website will send it to everyone they know in Falmouth – this is a fantastic resource to fully understand the issue, to vote and email the council. Thank you!

  5. We move to West Falmouth in 2000 for the schools and the open space in our neighborhood. I am not in agreement to turning West Falmouth into a greater-density mix of multi-family, cluster development that degrades the open space characteristics. Increasing housing density and reducing setback, road frontage and other development rules only act to serve the developer and decrease the open character of my neighborhood. The planners goal should not be to grow the town by increasing housing density, but to adopt and encourage thoughtful rules that follow the existing character of our beautiful West-Falmouth neighborhoods. Regarding the make-up of the planners, if the planners do not have a vested interest in the neighborhoods they are affecting, the elected officials should take it upon themselves to involve planners who do have a vested interest. The fear that the existing West-Falmouth population will migrate to other areas to retain a similar rural experience as West Falmouth now provides is a very predictable outcome of the current rule changes of the 2016 zone changes. I will be present at the next planning meeting where I plan to share my point of view.

  6. We live in a four home subdivision created in 2001 served by a private way whose plan was approved in 1989, but not executed. We bought our place from the original owner in 2004 when the zoning was Farm and Forest.
    I swear we had no idea of the zoning change proposed in 2013 and done in 2016. I found out when an unscrupulous developer, Andy Berube, submitted a request to Dawn Emerson of the Planning Board that he be able to split a neighboring lot and begin using our private way for access to his new lot.
    The Planning Board was all set to approve his request at the next meeting. They were going to base their decision only upon the 1989 private way plan without even looking up the 2001 private way and subdivision plan that superseded it. We had only a postcard a week before the meeting to alert us of this upcoming meeting.
    We acted immediately to hire a lawyer to respond. We were able to stop the board from giving away our property rights, but it cost us $20,000 in attorney fees to do so.
    We were able to express our displeasure as a town meeting in November.
    Think that will change the way the town does things?

  7. If the Falmouth Center proposal is approved and proceeds, Falmouth taxpayers will spend millions in the years ahead to help pay for the infrastructure changes necessary for this project. If the council votes to proceed with this project, they will be dragging the taxpayers of Falmouth into a business partnership with Mr. Soley and Mr. Cohen. It is incumbent on the council to perform intensive due diligence regarding the business histories of these two developers. Are they trustworthy? What are their business values? Are they ethical businessmen with integrity? The council needs to drill deep and drill hard into their backgrounds before committing the taxpayers into a business relationship that could end badly. With all due respect, I don’t believe anyone on the council has the time or experience to throughly vet the backrounds of the developers, and will encourage them to hire a law firm with experience to investigate the histories of both developers. Too much is at stake.

  8. We live in a town that does not even have a bona fide post office,and now we are going to have a huge sports center and a bunch of little houses to benefit the developers?????????That seems crazy.

  9. I’m hoping someone on this forum can enlighten me. I’ve emailed the council but have received no response. I watched the town council’s workshop on Thursday morning with great interest. The developers of the proposed Falmouth Center have said from the beginning they need a zoning change in order to build the soccer fields that will anchor their project. They said they could not proceed without the sports fields. They have now submitted “Plan B” which is their proposal for the property if the zoning remains unchanged, and includes some light manufacturing and a warehouse. AND SOCCER FIELDS. So, are soccer fields permitted under current zoning or not? Thank you.

  10. The Town council needs to ask themselves, “how will this development, if approved and built according to the developer’s plans, benefit the Town and taxpayers of Falmouth?” The only tenant already committed to this project is Seacoast United, a for- profit athletic organization. Will their soccer fields benefit the youth of Falmouth? I emailed the board of directors for Falmouth Youth Soccer and asked that question. They replied that FYSA has not been told they would have any access to the fields. FYS already uses fields at Falmouth HS, Falmouth Middle School and Community Park. Their assumption is they would need to rent the fields (pay to play) and that would not be feasible. So those fields, if they are built, will benefit the for-profit Seacoast United, the for-profit developers, the out of town teams renting the fields, but not the youth of Falmouth. Neighbors, draw your own conclusions.

  11. The Hothem/David Chase “Contract Zone” has come back up on the radar.
    Please come to the meeting tomorrow at 4:30 pm. at Route 100 and Mountain Road
    Late notice but that is exactly the games we have been dealing with for many years now.
    This link takes you to the “Falmouth No To Contract Zone” page for more info.

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