Town of Bethel, ME
Oxford County
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A. 
The enactment, amendment, or repeal of any ordinance shall be subject to Town Meeting approval, with the exception of Chapter 75, Traffic, Parking and Pedestrians and Chapter 76, Recreational Trails and Bridges.
[Amended 6-14-2006]
B. 
In any action as listed in Subsection A, ordinance documents shall be made available to the public and presented in the following manner: new text proposed for enactment shall be underlined, existing text proposed for repeal shall indicate a strike-through, and existing text unaffected shall be presented without modification.
A. 
The approval of the Selectmen shall be required before any proposed enactment, amendment or repeal of any ordinance is placed on a Town Meeting warrant.
B. 
The Selectmen shall conduct at least one public hearing prior to the placement of any proposed enactment, amendment or repeal of any ordinance on a Town Meeting warrant. The Selectmen shall be authorized to amend the text of any proposed ordinance action prior to its placement on a Town Meeting warrant.
C. 
In addition to the requirements stated in § 5-65A and B, amendment of Chapter 105, Floodplain Management, Chapter 132, Shoreland Zoning, Chapter 140, Site Plan Review, and Chapter 150, Subdivision of Land, shall also be subject to specific provisions governing amendment of those ordinances, contained herein.
[Added 6-14-2006]
(1) 
Amendment to Chapter 105, Floodplain Management, shall be subject to provisions of Title 30-A M.R.S.A. § 4352.
(2) 
Amendment to Chapter 132, Shoreland Zoning, shall be subject to provisions of Title 38 M.R.S.A. § 438-A.
(3) 
Amendment to Chapter 140, Site Plan Review, shall be subject to provisions of Title 30-A M.R.S.A. § 4352.
(4) 
Amendment to Chapter 150, Subdivision of Land, shall be subject to provisions of Title 30-A M.R.S.A. § 4352.
[Amended 6-14-2006]
The enactment, amendment or repeal of any ordinance through citizen initiative shall be governed by applicable statute and the following requirements:
A. 
New text proposed for enactment shall be underlined, existing text proposed for repeal shall indicate a strike-through, and existing text unaffected shall be presented without modification.
B. 
Prior to circulation, the initiative shall be reviewed by the Town Clerk, who shall have authority to modify said initiative for conformance with applicable statute or local ordinance, without altering the intent of the initiative. The Town Clerk shall have a maximum of five calendar days to conduct review.
The Town Clerk shall be the custodian of all ordinances currently in effect, as well as those ordinances, or portions thereof, which were previously in effect without limit of time.