PLANAPALOOZA

Video links to the Opening and Closing Presentations of Planapalooza are now available on the right hand side of this page.

Thank you to all who participated in PLANAPALOOZA this week!!

We are grateful for all who participated during the week, whether you attended the meetings, visited the studio, or participated online, your voice was heard. Work is continuing to organize all that was given, please continue to visit this site as we update information.

NOTES - All notes from the Planapalooza events have been posted below. Please take time to review and share your own thoughts about the various topics listed below under WHAT WE'VE HEARD AT PLANAPALOOZA.


SEPTEMBER 25-28, 2017

PlanapaloozaTM is a public design and input process during which the community and the town’s planning team work jointly to draft a new comprehensive plan for Scarborough. The comprehensive plan will guide future decisions for conservation and growth in Scarborough. During the PlanapaloozaTM, conversations will occur surrounding land use, transportation, natural resources, parks and open spaces, bikeways, trails, public facilities and services, economic development, as well as community growth, development, design, housing and identity.

Video links to the Opening and Closing Presentations of Planapalooza are now available on the right hand side of this page.

Thank you to all who participated in PLANAPALOOZA this week!!

We are grateful for all who participated during the week, whether you attended the meetings, visited the studio, or participated online, your voice was heard. Work is continuing to organize all that was given, please continue to visit this site as we update information.

NOTES - All notes from the Planapalooza events have been posted below. Please take time to review and share your own thoughts about the various topics listed below under WHAT WE'VE HEARD AT PLANAPALOOZA.


SEPTEMBER 25-28, 2017

PlanapaloozaTM is a public design and input process during which the community and the town’s planning team work jointly to draft a new comprehensive plan for Scarborough. The comprehensive plan will guide future decisions for conservation and growth in Scarborough. During the PlanapaloozaTM, conversations will occur surrounding land use, transportation, natural resources, parks and open spaces, bikeways, trails, public facilities and services, economic development, as well as community growth, development, design, housing and identity.

Discussions: All (6) Open (6)
  • Built Environment

    over 1 year ago

    Neighborhoods

    • What is great about neighborhood is that you can find everything – from 5 acres lots to more dense areas – then beaches and marshes – it’s a mix
    • We need to preserve old farm houses
    • We should create school paths from neighborhoods around them
    • We don't know what is historic in Town because there is no cluster. We should prepare an inventory
    • We need better connectivity throughout town
    • More housing types/choices
    • Get a better mix of housing types – can help alleviate affordability issues
    • Let's pay attention to Energy...

    Neighborhoods

    • What is great about neighborhood is that you can find everything – from 5 acres lots to more dense areas – then beaches and marshes – it’s a mix
    • We need to preserve old farm houses
    • We should create school paths from neighborhoods around them
    • We don't know what is historic in Town because there is no cluster. We should prepare an inventory
    • We need better connectivity throughout town
    • More housing types/choices
    • Get a better mix of housing types – can help alleviate affordability issues
    • Let's pay attention to Energy efficiency of buildings
    • Keep the Maine Aesthetic – Good Yankee builder, building wisely, very attractive
    • There is a lot of light pollution in Town. We should develop a dark sky ordinance.
    • There is a need for senior housing close to amenities/facilities
    Oak Hill/Town Center
    • Make a town center at Oak Hill – more walkable, with a park and a small town feel
    • Would be nice to get a small downtown – maybe we establish small villages throughout the community
    • Infill is the way to go in certain areas – in Oak Hill, new buildings in the back of the McDo
    • Plaza Drive – mixed-use building – connect to Hanford Drive
    • Route One has a bad reputation – nice strip in Scarborough – Let's reclaim Route One and make it better and less terrible looking
    • Scarborough DOWNS – Connect Gorham to Haggis Road. We should commission a Plan and buy the property and find a developer.
    • Scarborough DOWNS – Build upon the Rock Climbing culture around here and make it a Sports event and keep that theme.
    • Scarborough Downs – develop mixed-use neighborhood so people can walk everywhere
    • Change the zoning for Scarborough Downs to incentivize developers to come in with some financial incentives – how can we capitalize on this?
    Marshes
    • We don’t want more development into the wetlands/marsh, which might in turn push development to agricultural lands. We need to be careful and preserve those as well.  
    • Reduce impervious surfaces
    • Address climate change by using passive heating/orientation of the home
    • Do we want to increase density to preserve those lands we want to protect?
    General Comments

    • Rules in place in zoning – focus on character and mix of uses
    • Scale of development is often the issue
    • Make development easier – 25 different zones in Scarborough so reduce the amount would help

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  • Economic Development

    over 1 year ago

    • We need more people that live and work in town.
    • A qualified and available workforce is the number one issue for employers in town, we don't have enough.
    • University of New England (UNE) has several medical programs that attracts employers. UNE also has a lot of research around Saco Bay – marine research. We should put the emphasis on that.
    • Leveraging partnerships with universities and research centres is key for bringing more businesses.
    • It's a disadvantage that every town in the region is working on their own. We should collaborate more.  Partnerships possible with...

    • We need more people that live and work in town.
    • A qualified and available workforce is the number one issue for employers in town, we don't have enough.
    • University of New England (UNE) has several medical programs that attracts employers. UNE also has a lot of research around Saco Bay – marine research. We should put the emphasis on that.
    • Leveraging partnerships with universities and research centres is key for bringing more businesses.
    • It's a disadvantage that every town in the region is working on their own. We should collaborate more.  Partnerships possible with Falmouth, Cape Elizabeth, Westbrook, etc.
    • Scarborough is attractive as a place to live and that should be a driver for growth – Beach and Turnpike with tremendous transportation connectivity and we are close to airport.
    • Haigis Pkwy has all the infrastructure but there is too much wetland and not enough developable area for a large tenant.
    • Jobs related to healthcare industry are expanding.
    • What kind of businesses could go into Scarborough Downs? That is one of the most permissive zoning regulations.
    • Look to Reston, VA as a model. How big do we want to dream for Scarborough Downs? Haigis Pkwy – why are businesses not coming? We need to look at new concepts. Now employers want to be in a Town setting and Haigis Pkwy feels remote.
    • Create opportunities for co-working space and let's try to attract the creatives.
    • Younger workers are looking for affordability and walkability – living close to work

    What makes Scarborough authentic?

    • Industry cluster that we have here – possibilities for movement of employees and working relationship
    • Not the cheapest place to do business
    • Labor Force is key – well-educated workforce here
    • Culture of the region – Portland cultural amenities
    • Close to the airport
    • Higher education has become more professional/workforce
    • Beautiful, untouched, uncrowded
    • People are friendly
    • Nature is close by
    • Clarity of passion for the natural environment!

    SEDCO maintains an online database/certificate of occupancy for new – online.

    Get high speed internet in Town is needed***

    Sunlight Financial – came here because 5,000 employees in the region for that field of work

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  • Mobility and Health

    over 1 year ago

    • Just approved the Complete Street Policy, let's implement it.
    • Lots of cul-de-sacs neighborhoods close by schools – put in official connecting trails to the schools so kids can walk to school – walking school bus – Safe Routes to Schools program
    • There is no good second egress out of the middle school.  Would need to be ADA accessible.
    • There isn’t much walkability around town.
    • Route 114 – traffic backs up at peaks times
    • We need to analyse how response time would be impacted if roads floods?
    • Rural Roads for all modes – wider shoulders – slow down...

    • Just approved the Complete Street Policy, let's implement it.
    • Lots of cul-de-sacs neighborhoods close by schools – put in official connecting trails to the schools so kids can walk to school – walking school bus – Safe Routes to Schools program
    • There is no good second egress out of the middle school.  Would need to be ADA accessible.
    • There isn’t much walkability around town.
    • Route 114 – traffic backs up at peaks times
    • We need to analyse how response time would be impacted if roads floods?
    • Rural Roads for all modes – wider shoulders – slow down traffic is key
    • Is there an appetite for better walking and biking?
    • Winter maintenance of the sidewalks is an issue when we have to maintain 300 miles of roads
    • Rumbling Strips along the shoulders with wider shoulders coud provide a space for cyclists and pedestrians.
    • Develop a network of streets that allows accessibility anywhere and anytime.
    • When repairing roads, let’s fix culverts at the same time.  There are models that can provide information on what might happen when changing a culvert.
    • Transit – Partnership with METRO public bus system operates the high school bus system
    • Park and Ride opportunities for Dunstan and Oak Hill
    • Re-open a train station in Town
    • Wi-Fi in bus stops – helpful in case of an emergency!

    EMERGENCY
    • From a resiliency perspective, we should get a second egress out of all neighborhoods.
    • Evacuation routes – how to expand the roads for vehicles to get around other cars in case of emergency
    • Keep our transportation resilient to natural hazards
    FUNDING
    • Don’t have the funding or the equipment to maintain them – they need to be available year round
    • What % of state road are we maintaining that the State is not doing anything on. We should aggregate the cost of what money is being spent by the Town for State roads.
    • Incrementally work on getting some solutions put in place for lower costs…

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  • Natural Environment

    over 1 year ago

    RESILIENCY/CLIMATE CHANGE

    People are seeing the effect of the rise and increasing level of storms

    Regional resiliency and adaptation plan for the region

    Flooding and more frequent and intense rain events

    Storm surge coupled with rain is potential larger issue – King tide, some properties get flooded already.

    Big snow storm – 2 feet/30 inches

    • Roof collapses
    • Snow Farms where storage happens – chloride becomes a problem and issues for groundwater and surface water – salt is an issue as well going into the marsh
    • Private snow management companies – encouraging them to put down more...

    RESILIENCY/CLIMATE CHANGE

    People are seeing the effect of the rise and increasing level of storms

    Regional resiliency and adaptation plan for the region

    Flooding and more frequent and intense rain events

    Storm surge coupled with rain is potential larger issue – King tide, some properties get flooded already.

    Big snow storm – 2 feet/30 inches

    • Roof collapses
    • Snow Farms where storage happens – chloride becomes a problem and issues for groundwater and surface water – salt is an issue as well going into the marsh
    • Private snow management companies – encouraging them to put down more salt – State is doing well with reducing the amount of application

     Sea Level Rise and what will happen to the road – Route One could be flooded and cut people off

    • Black Point Road is also at risk – how do we handle people living there?
    • Any critical town facilities that could be impacted?
    • How do we rebuild Route One – let’s get more resilient

    The marsh is the bear in the picture – could become a detriment and create issues

    Route One across the marsh – DPW says put more pavement on top… what about a causeway elevated? Route One used to be floating road

    How much of the power lines are off the ground?

    • We lose power often – Central Maine Power.
    • New lines will be underground for new subdivision
    • East Grand Ave – Pine Point – cost is prohibitive
    • CPM – fairly aggressive trimming program – reduced issues with lines
    • Reduced their staffing for emergency issues – only one emergency crew now
    • Some people have backup generators – small % of people have that.

    Efficiency Maine has some programs for energy efficiency funding

    • Project Grace – fuel assistance and retrofit of homes
    EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
    • Public library is a shelter for heat/cold – AC and Heated – working on getting a generator
    • High School is the shelter – they have generator
    • Town Hall has a generator as well
    • New public safety building will have that as well.
    • Emergency Management – advertise from time to time – general awareness.

    18 condo associations – each has their own rules and regulations – lots of seniors population – coordination between all of them would be helpful for emergencies

    FUNDING

    • Where can we get funding from FEMA to get some of that work done.
    • CIP for resiliency – get TIGER grant money for funding on infrastructure work
    • HMGP funds are very competitive – many roads are state roads so hard to get funding
    • There is a cost for developers to come in – there is a cost to live here. We can’t negotiate that away!
    • Think outside the box for future funding.

    MARINE RESOURCES

    Clamming and fishing lotteries – there are few permits that are issued and the pool of people is much larger

    Commercial dock down on Pine Point at the mouth of the marsh. There is a constant flow of sand that needs dredging and the cost is high. We don't have a natural harbor.

    Very active plant in town (clams) – limited due to licenses with the state – same thing for the lobster licenses, low entry threshold – there is a peak.

    GENERAL COMMENTS

    Sand pits/gravel pits – sanitation requirements that didn’t get fixed – sand is moving down the nonsuch river – Gorham rd, new pub right next to the stream, built on clay – no balance of objectives along the river.

    Should we have a holistic view of the watershed with all tributaries or just the main rivers? What is the policy? Consistency is key and would be good for developers.

    Red seaweed coming onto the beach – smelling, DPW is cleaning it off twice a week – more and more seaweed – invasive species that starves the wildlife comes with high heat and humidity. 

    Floodplains vs. wetlands – assess impact fees for development taking away from the natural storage of water.

    Do we start looking to protect all flooding areas or do we start with impaired streams? Stream protection 200 ft from Non Such River.

    Designated growth areas are in environmentally sensitive areas in Town. 

    Scarborough marsh is our town identify – beaches as well. 

    More development will compound the issues for runoff. 

    Impact potential for the fishing industry and other businesses.

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  • Sustainability

    over 1 year ago

    The Energy & Sustainability Plan was recently prepared by the Energy Committee.  

    • It defines what sustainability means
    • Benchmarking is including for wast and energy
    • Waste – 32% to 50% by 2022 recycling
    • Recycling at Town events is called for
    • An inventory of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions to be coming our way – to benchmark everything.
    • Composting initiative as a pilot program – worked with the City South Portland to put that in place Disposition of the compost is done by EcoMaine. The Town has no power on deciding what happens...

    The Energy & Sustainability Plan was recently prepared by the Energy Committee.  

    • It defines what sustainability means
    • Benchmarking is including for wast and energy
    • Waste – 32% to 50% by 2022 recycling
    • Recycling at Town events is called for
    • An inventory of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions to be coming our way – to benchmark everything.
    • Composting initiative as a pilot program – worked with the City South Portland to put that in place Disposition of the compost is done by EcoMaine. The Town has no power on deciding what happens with the food waste and compost once it leaves here.
    • Garbage to Garden Initiative is a leader – and YOU COMPOST IT only in denser neighborhoods (Not here)

    WATER CONSERVATION

    There is an issue in Town with water retention in some of the wells. Some wells are down from 7-8 gallons a minute to 1-2 gallons a minute, and multiple and deeper drillings are sometimes needed. Water starts at Sebago Lake on the other side of the turnpike – can we afford to have municipal water on that side?

    Wetlands are being filled in with development and no impact fees are drawn out. Consequences from some development should be evaluated. There is now water in the gullies all the time, but the water wasn't there before.

    If we expand sewer to the west side, is the community ready to safeguard the plan to reduce sprawl and not to let it happen too much?

    FOOD SYSTEMS

    How much of our food is coming here by truck? We should pay hommage to the agricultural lands that are there and try to provide more local food.

    COST OF INFRASTRUCTURE/DEVELOPMENT

    Should we be saving open space or providing infrastructure that might bring even more development to certain areas. Upland development has already been developed – we need to assess impact fees to deal with issues that it has created. 

    There is a cost to development and we need to assess that.

    Huge economic cost of putting people in more sensitive areas as we are creating more risk. Public infrastructure is at risk as well.

    Wetlands are the buffers to help protect infrastructure and we should protect them

    In conservation subdivisions, too often the open space saved is wetlands and there isn’t much infiltration. By doing that we are not meeting the open space objective of creating usable land. NOT ALL OPEN SPACE IS EQUAL!

    Sewer/wastewater – how do you choose to lay infrastructure? We need to be careful with opening up with development on the west side of the turnpike as headwaters are on that side… soil typologies are key to know.

    We have three impaired streams on the east side of the turnpike already. 

    The wastewater treatment plan at Black Point Rd is right by the water. It was found that the risk level was low for impact with sea level rise. What is the capacity of the plant? Capacity is now 2.5 million gallons and we use about 1.4 millions gallons. There is still capacity there.

    AFFORDABILITY

    We need to think about taxes as our kids cannot afford to live in this town. We need to get more young people to live in town so affordability is essential. 

    Development is always assumed to be residential but developing agriculture land and bringing more young farmers here, that is development as well. The Maine Farm Land Trust - $50 million they want to invest in the farms. We should look into that.

    How can we keep seniors in their houses by keeping the costs down. What systems do we have in place to keep them here?

    We need an inflow for young productive families. That is an investment in our community.

    People who work here but cannot afford to leave here. 

    CULTURE/ARTS

    Scarborough doesn’t have that culture present here whether it is truly fine arts/theater.

    Live/Work communities, we don’t have the industrial buildings/communities. We should identify that land could be available for more creative maker spaces.

    Sustainable economic development – we could create that in the Downs area or elsewhere.

    No pool and ice rink available in the community

    GENERAL COMMENTS

    People come to Scarborough come here for nature and beaches, not to come to a Town Center.

    Development bringing in young families – cost of schools and bringing more commercial. 

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