Camden looks into banning fast food restaurants from downtown

Camden may soon prevent fast food businesses from building downtown. (WGME)

CAMDEN (WGME) – Camden may soon prevent fast food businesses from building downtown.

The planning board is looking at a zoning change that would prevent fast food shops from opening downtown near the waterfront.

The town already bans building drive-thrus.

The planning, development and code office director says fast food businesses could still operate in a section of town near the Hannaford supermarket.

He says locals do not want the downtown atmosphere to change.

"The planning board and community as a whole, I believe, really want to keep the downtown core of Camden unique and keep its identity," Planning Development and Code Office Director Jeremy Maritn said.

The planning board has a hearing on the ordinance on January 31.

Camden then votes on the issue in June.

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