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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