Subdividing Bethel—Breaking Up Gets Easier All the Time

If you grew up here, you’d find Bethel’s map has certainly changed

2010 marked the thirtieth anniversary of the first subdivision application under Bethel’s new  Subdivision Regulations.


During the last 30 years to the end of 2009,  at least 76 subdivision applications have moved through Bethel’s planning  board .


Dana Douglass was chairman of the Bethel Planning Board; he wrote in the town’s 1980 annual report that the new regulations found prompt application to development plans submitted by: (1) Norris Brown and Norman Greig for the Dole Woods Subdivision on the Bailey Road; (2) Ruel Swain and Stuart Cross for a Subdivision off Chandler Hill Road; and (3) Dictar Associates for a low-income elderly house project involving reconstruction and extension of the former Thunderbird (Inn) property on Main Street (Bethel House).


Subdivision developments have meant a lot of work for many in Bethel and from the outside.  Surveying and title searches are just two of the absolute necessities to the development process.


As an example of what is involved take a look at a relatively new subdivision—Timber Creek which is reached by the Osgood Road from Middle Intervale Road.


Timber Creek Village Subdivision

The developed area lies on the western slope of Farwell Mountain.  It is just a little over three and one-half miles to the Bethel Post Office

 It is a subdivision of 59 lots that lie in a somewhat wedge shaped sector on the East end of the Osgood Road. If you stood so that looking west you were able to see the notch between Locke Mountain and Barker Mountain you would be standing in the center of the new subdivision.  It is directly across the Androscoggin from Swan’s Corner.  From another vantage point one can see all the way to Riley in the upper Sunday River valley.  .

Mahoosuc Realty is the agency marketing home and lot sales in Timber Creek so you can take some arm chair tours from the Mahoosuc Realty’s website


Surveying is just one of the professional occupations that has seen greatly increased demand in Bethel over the last 30 years.  Here Gary Inman, Points North Surveying, reviews deeds and survey results with officers of Bethel Riverside Cemetery: Arlan Jodrey, President; Musa Brown, Vice President and Roger Conant, Secretary and Treasurer. (This meeting took place in the “passenger lounge” at Bethel Regional Airport.)

Dana Douglass (1914-1999) formed his surveying business, Dana C. Douglass Associates with Gary Inman. His business covered most of the area around Bethel and Sunday River Ski Area.  After Dana retired, Gary continued, forming his own surveying and consulting business named Points North Surveying.  From 1972 to 1983 Dana was a member of the Bethel Planning Board and chaired the board for six years. For 11 years he was also a board member of the Maine Soil and Water Conservation Commission.




Views of Timber Creek—2010

Looking north to the Sunday River Resort trails and further into the Mahoosucs from the Timber Creek development

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