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The Town of Scarborough is updating its Comprehensive Plan. We invite all Scarborough residents (full-time and part-time), business owners, workers, visitors and others to participate and have a voice in the future of our community.

What is a Comprehensive Plan?

A Comprehensive Plan is a long-range policy document that sets a vision for the community, providing guidance for conservation, growth and development.

During the process, a community vision will also be developed through public involvement. The Plan will include your hopes, dreams and aspirations and how to accomplish them. The plan will guide and provide direction to the Town when making decisions relating to physical and cultural development so your input is critical.

The Town of Scarborough and their consultants Town Planning & Urban Design Collaborative, will conduct planning work through an open and public forum, so that all residents, business owners and other stakeholders can have a voice in the future of the Town. Make sure to have your voice heard!

What should you do?

  1. Make sure to sign up to received updates about events that are coming up or other opportunities that will come along to get engaged.
  2. Visit this site regularly for various opportunities to provide your feedback and make your voice be heard.
  3. Share your excitement with your friends, family and neighbors and invite them to participate as well. This Plan will be crafted by us all.

The Town of Scarborough is updating its Comprehensive Plan. We invite all Scarborough residents (full-time and part-time), business owners, workers, visitors and others to participate and have a voice in the future of our community.

What is a Comprehensive Plan?

A Comprehensive Plan is a long-range policy document that sets a vision for the community, providing guidance for conservation, growth and development.

During the process, a community vision will also be developed through public involvement. The Plan will include your hopes, dreams and aspirations and how to accomplish them. The plan will guide and provide direction to the Town when making decisions relating to physical and cultural development so your input is critical.

The Town of Scarborough and their consultants Town Planning & Urban Design Collaborative, will conduct planning work through an open and public forum, so that all residents, business owners and other stakeholders can have a voice in the future of the Town. Make sure to have your voice heard!

What should you do?

  1. Make sure to sign up to received updates about events that are coming up or other opportunities that will come along to get engaged.
  2. Visit this site regularly for various opportunities to provide your feedback and make your voice be heard.
  3. Share your excitement with your friends, family and neighbors and invite them to participate as well. This Plan will be crafted by us all.

Please use this space to ask any questions you may have about the project and we'll be happy to answer as soon as possible. 

Questions for Staff and TPUDC

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  • When will the Comp Plan survey results be posted? (Sorry, this is a duplicate question... I forgot to make a copy before I sent the original.)

    tthannah asked about 1 year ago

    The results of the survey have been posted to the Survey page of this website. Thank you.

  • How do you plan to solicit information from summer residents? We had suggested a paper survey mailed to property owners in the beach community. Are there any plans to do a mailed survey?

    Whymenow23 asked about 2 years ago

    In an attempt to solicit information from part-time residents a series of public, neighborhood meetings were conducted throughout the summer in various areas of town-- including our beach communities. Recognizing the difficult to reach part-time residents (as well as some full-time), the town is utilizing this website as a more dynamic, two-way online public engagement tool to solicit input.  Even as the Planapalooza process winds down this is not the end of our public dialogue and we will continue to explore methods to ensure the interest of the citizens are captured.  

  • How will this process solicit input from the vast majority of Scarborough residents who are not engaged, do not vote regularly, and will not show up to the neighborhood meetings and Planapalooza? I hope and challenge you to publish the actual number of unique individual residents who provided input to this process when all is said and done!

    Whymenow23 asked about 2 years ago

    Citizen participation is a social responsibility that we all need to share in.  It is understandable that some folks may be unable to attend the public events and therefore opportunities for engagement are provided through this website, by contacting staff and municipal leaders (contact information readily available on this and the town's website), and are always welcome to any Town committee or board meeting.  Every effort is being made to capture a representation of all voices in our community.    

    As time allows a complete list of attendees will be crafted and sorted to identify individual attendees.  

  • I remember being at the Kick-Off for this project. We were told that there would be lots of information provided for us to digest, and there would be monthly updates of progress. I have not seen the data and only seen the few neighborhood meeting comments. When will the data be provided and real updates start?

    Whymenow23 asked about 2 years ago

    We've been pulling data requested by our consultants for the last month.  Some of the data is required by the State as part of their rules on municipal comprehensive planning. The state also provides a data package that they compile for communities which are updating their comprehensive plans.  A link to that data set was posted on the Towns website (as opposed to ScarboroughEngaged.org).

    We have more data sets that we've been working on this week. We will post them on ScarboroughEngaged.org as soon we can.  This info contains some great demographic data that many will find useful for purposes beyond the Comprehensive Plan.  

    ScarboroughEngaged.org will be our platform for any other updates and data that we gather for the  Plan.   

  • I have heard there was an "All Board Summit". When, where, who attended? Was this open to the public? Why was it not publicized to the community? Where are the results? Why was this kept so quiet?

    Whymenow23 asked about 2 years ago

    The All Boards Summit took place on September 14.  Chairs and/or representatives of Town Appointed Committees were invited to attend the meeting where we asked them the same questions as we did at the Neighborhood Imagine the Future meetings.  We also let them know about Planapalooza.  We wanted to run through the questions that we asked of the neighborhoods, because we want the chairs to go back to their committees and do two tasks - 1) talk about the Character of Scarborough from the perspective of their committee and 2) review the sections of the 2006 Comprehensive Plan to discuss what is still relevant from their committee's perspective.

    The Committees will be working on this task over the next few months as their agendas allow.  The goal is to make sure all the topical committees allow time on their agenda to discuss the Comprehensive Plan from their committees. perspective.


  • Why don't you display these questions and answers?

    Whymenow23 asked about 2 years ago

    We are posting them as we answer them.

  • So far this process seems like residents being asked to generate a Christmas list for Santa. How does a community with limited resources deal with the real budget constraints which do limit the real options truly available to the community?

    Whymenow23 asked about 2 years ago

    That's a great question. The broadest answer is that the community will have to set priorities.  The good news is that there will be a comprehensive list of potential projects and improvements to discuss.  We are also working on a tool to help us understand the cost of development patterns.  The model for this tool will be described at the closing of Planapalooza this evening at 6:30pm at the High School. 

      



  • I had submitted several questions last week. I got the auto response, but hope that with the full team here in town, my process questions will be answered.

    Whymenow23 asked about 2 years ago

    Thanks for the questions that you posted Friday afternoon!  We're a little behind, since we have been over at Planapalooza™ all week.  Thanks for your patience! We are posting the answers now.