Town of Shapleigh, ME
York County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Special Town Meeting of the Town of Shapleigh 8-28-1996 by Art. 2. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 89.
The purpose of this chapter is to enhance the easy and rapid location of properties for the delivery of public safety and emergency services, postal and delivery services.
This chapter is adopted pursuant to and consistent with the Municipal Home Rule Powers as provided for in Article VIII, Part 2, Section 1, of the Constitution of the State of Maine and Title 30-A M.R.S.A. § 3001.
This chapter shall be administered by the Board of Selectmen whose authority is to assign road names and numbers to all properties, both existing and proposed. The Board of Selectmen shall also be responsible for maintaining the following official records of this chapter:
A Town of Shapleigh map for official use showing road names and numbers.
An alphabetical list of all property owners as identified by current assessment records, by last name, showing the assigned numbers.
An alphabetical list of all roads with property owners listed in order of their assigned numbers.
All roads that serve two or more addresses shall be named, regardless of whether the ownership is public or private. A "road" refers to any highway, road, street, avenue, lane, private way or similar paved, gravel or dirt thoroughfare. "Property" refers to any property on which a more or less permanent structure has been erected or could be placed. A road name assigned by the Board of Selectmen shall not constitute or imply acceptance of the road as a public way.
The following criteria shall govern the naming system:
No two roads shall be given the same or shall have similar sounding names (e.g. Beech and Peach or Pine Road and Pine Lane).
Each road shall have the same name throughout its entire length.
Numbers shall be assigned every 50 feet along both sides of the road, with even numbers appearing on the left side of the road and odd numbers appearing on the right side of the road, determined by the number origin. The following criteria shall govern the numbering systems:
All number origins shall begin from the designated center of Shapleigh (the major road intersection at Shapleigh Commons) or that end of the road closest to the designated center. For dead-end roads, numbering shall originate at the intersection of the adjacent road and terminate at the dead end. Exceptions to this are:
Route 109 (Emery Mills Road) numbering will progress from the Acton town line to the Springvale town line.
Route 11 numbering will originate at the foot of Mousam Lake and continue northerly to the Newfield town line.
Goose Pond Road numbering will be a continuation of the numbers used by the town of Acton, Maine.
The Mann Road numbering will originate in North Shapleigh Village at the Portland Street intersection, progressing across Route 11 and continuing to the Newfield town line.
The number assigned to each structure shall be that of the numbered interval falling closest to the front door. If the front door cannot be seen from the main road, the number shall be that of the interval falling closest to the driveway of said structure.
Every structure with more than one principal use or occupancy shall have a separate number for each use or occupancy (i.e. duplexes will have two separate numbers; apartments will have one road number with an apartment number, such as 235 Shapleigh Street, Apt. 2).
All owners of structures shall, within 90 days of being notified in writing by the Selectmen's office, display and maintain in a conspicuous place the assigned numbers in the following manner:
Numbers on the residence or structure. Where the residence or structure is within 50 feet of and visible from the edge of the road, the assigned number shall be clearly visible from the road and be displayed in the vicinity of the front door or entryway of the residence or structure.
Number at the street line. Where the residence or structure is greater than 50 feet or not visible from the edge of the road, the assigned number shall be visible from the road, displayed on a post, fence, wall, mail box or on some structure at the property line adjacent to the walk or access drive to the residence or structure.
Size and color of numbers. Numbers shall be a minimum of three inches tall and a minimum of 2 1/2 inches wide and be of a contrasting color from the background material so that the numbers may be easily distinguishable.
Every person whose duty is to display the assigned number shall remove any different number which night be mistaken for, or confused with, the number assigned in conformance with this chapter.
Interior location. All residents and other occupants are requested to post the assigned number and road name adjacent to their telephone for emergency reference.
All new construction and subdivision shall be named and numbered in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and as follows:
New construction. Whenever any residence or other structure is constructed or developed, it shall be the duty of the owner to procure an assigned number. This shall be done at the time of the issuance of the building permit.
New subdivisions. Any prospective subdivider shall show a proposed road name and lot numbering system as part of the preapplication submission to the Planning Board. Approval by the Planning Board, after consultation with the Board of Selectmen, shall constitute the assignment of road names and numbers to the lots in the subdivision. On the final plan showing proposed roads, the applicant shall mark on the plan lines or dots in the center of the streets every 50 feet to aid in assignment of numbers to structures subsequently constructed.[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 89, Subdivision of Land, § 89-28.
This chapter shall become effective upon approval at the Shapleigh Town Meeting on Wednesday, August 28, 1996.
With cooperation of all its residents, Shapleigh will soon possess the capability of providing rapid response emergency services. The result will be evident in enhancing safety and preserving life.