Next Ordinance Review Committee Meeting – August 28, 2019 at 6:00 pm


Town of Bremen

Office Hours

Effective Tuesday, June 11, 2019 the Town of Bremen will be open the following hours:

Tuesday         8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Wednesday   7:00 am to 12:00 pm

Thursday       8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Friday             8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Town Center Property Open for Public Inspection


The Bremen Town Center Project Committee invites the public to walk the newly mowed paths and future play/recreation area on the Town property directly off the library parking lot. This will give the public an opportunity to experience where the paths and play/recreation area will likely be established in the future.  Come one come all at your convenience!


From the Ordinance Review Committee (Walter Voskian, Harold Schramm and Wendy Pieh):


The Maine State Model Shoreland Zone Ordinance has been put into a side by side document with the current Bremen Shoreland Zone Ordinance, highlighting the current differences.  They vary from small things like wording and organizing to larger and more substantial issues such as but not limited to how many zones to have, whether we want campgrounds in the shoreland zone, and the concerns around lot size, setbacks and the amount of land required to be owned along the shoreline in order to build. 

The plan of the Ordinance Review Committee is to move through the document, to resolve any differences that we can fairly easily, and to try to reach compromise on those differences that are difficult to agree on.  If you attended the meetings on the Land Use Ordinance you know that the process can take some time, and the committee intends to take whatever time we need to make sure we are not only covering all concerns, but also working hard to try to reach compromise.

When we have put together a Shoreland Zone Ordinance (one or more versions), the Town will have a public hearing and a Special Town Meeting to move forward to a vote.  At that time, we will also have the public hearing on the petition that was submitted that would change several parts of the current Shoreland Zone.  That will need to be voted on as well. The vote may come on the day of a public hearing, or later, depending on the discussion at the public hearing.

The links below will allow you to view/print each document.

We will be having a meeting at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, July 10th.   Please feel invited to join us and assist us in evaluating our current Bremen Shoreland Zone Ordinance.

COMPARISON OF Maine DEP and the Town of Bremen – Final Table 1
DEP Bremen SZO Comparison Part 2
Comparison DEP Model SZO and Bremen SZO – Part 3
TABLE 14 – Bremen SZO
SZO Notes – column 3

Annual Town Report is now available at the Town Center. 

Please be aware that the reports are NOT being mailed out.

Large Culvert Replacement

0.44 Miles North of Biscay Road

(see attached)

Large Culvert Replacement

The final concept plan for the Bremen Town Center Property has been submitted by Wright-Pierce planner Travis Pryor.  The plan is on display in the Bremen Town Office and attached below.

The Town Center Property Committee, a part of the Bremen Conservation Commission Recreational Subcommittee, will be referring to this concept plan as they move forward on the project.


The following is offered as a friendly reminder to all Bremen residents who are contemplating any construction-related activity on their property including but not limited to new construction, expansion, relocation, replacement, demolition, clearing, change of use, and road building.  Under those circumstances, residents should do the following to see what is allowed, what ordinances apply, and what might require a permit:

  • Consult the appropriate Town ordinances, which are on the Town’s website.
  • Consult the Town Code Enforcement Officer; the Town office can supply contact information.

The following options also are available:

  • Apply for an informal, non-binding pre-application conference with the Planning Board.
  • Confer with the Town planning consultant. See the Town Clerk for the consultant’s hours. 

In sum, the Town and its staff stand ready to help residents through any construction-related activity.  Prospective applicants must take the first step to consult the appropriate ordinance before construction begins.  After-the-fact permits are not automatically granted and are very expensive to acquire.  If an after-the-fact permit is not granted and a violation has occurred, the applicant may be required to undo what has been done at his or her expense.

Thank you.

The Bremen Conservation Commission welcomes visitors to our meetings and would love to get more members of the community involved. We are looking for a new regular voting member to bring the size of the group to seven. We also welcome associate members. Thanks! Contact the Town Center for more information.

The Harbor Committee concluded discussions on revisions to the Harbor Ordinance.  Stay posted for Public Hearing.  No date scheduled at this time.


The Bremen Fire Department and First Responders need Members.  If you can help, please contact the Town Office.