Scarborough 2018 Comprehensive Plan - Public Draft

It's finally here! The 2018 Scarborough Comprehensive Plan Public Draft is now available for everyone to review and provide feedback. Tell us if we got it right by leaving your comments below.

You can download the entire document here!

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HAVE COMMENTS? Provide your comments by clicking on "QUICK REPLY" under each of the SECTIONS tab below!

OPEN HOUSE - August 16 (Presentations at 7:30AM and 6:30PM @ Town Hall)

You can also provide your feedback on the draft document via email here: 2018comprehensiveplan@scarboroughmaine.org

It's finally here! The 2018 Scarborough Comprehensive Plan Public Draft is now available for everyone to review and provide feedback. Tell us if we got it right by leaving your comments below.

You can download the entire document here!

OR...

To make it easier, you can also download portions of the document by going to the SECTIONS tab below.

HAVE COMMENTS? Provide your comments by clicking on "QUICK REPLY" under each of the SECTIONS tab below!

OPEN HOUSE - August 16 (Presentations at 7:30AM and 6:30PM @ Town Hall)

You can also provide your feedback on the draft document via email here: 2018comprehensiveplan@scarboroughmaine.org

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  • Introduction

    11 months ago

    In 2017, Town officials kicked off the Scarborough Comprehensive Plan Update, a community wide initiative. This Plan represents the official blueprint for long-term, responsible change in Scarborough, supported by grassroots initiative to include residents, business owners, property owners, local interest groups, and elected officials throughout the planning process.

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    In 2017, Town officials kicked off the Scarborough Comprehensive Plan Update, a community wide initiative. This Plan represents the official blueprint for long-term, responsible change in Scarborough, supported by grassroots initiative to include residents, business owners, property owners, local interest groups, and elected officials throughout the planning process.

    Click here for the INTRODUCTION
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  • Public Process

    11 months ago

    The Town of Scarborough led an open public engagement process unlike any other planning effort in Town. Over the course of 12 months, the Town offered an array of engagement opportunities, using a number of creative techniques to try and reach a broad cross-section of Scarborough and spread the word about the project. In today’s busy world, where there is no one way to reach people, Scarborough went above and beyond to reach constituents, inventing creative ways to engage the public and generate buzz.

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    The Town of Scarborough led an open public engagement process unlike any other planning effort in Town. Over the course of 12 months, the Town offered an array of engagement opportunities, using a number of creative techniques to try and reach a broad cross-section of Scarborough and spread the word about the project. In today’s busy world, where there is no one way to reach people, Scarborough went above and beyond to reach constituents, inventing creative ways to engage the public and generate buzz.

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  • Town History

    11 months ago

    The Sokokis Indians lived in what we now call Scarborough, but they called it Owascoag, “land of much grass,” because of the extensive salt marsh. Scarborough’s extensive salt marsh and rivers served as boundaries separating settlements that sprang up around their perimeters.

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    The Sokokis Indians lived in what we now call Scarborough, but they called it Owascoag, “land of much grass,” because of the extensive salt marsh. Scarborough’s extensive salt marsh and rivers served as boundaries separating settlements that sprang up around their perimeters.

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  • Community Vision

    11 months ago

    The Community Vision presented here includes nine guiding principles that together constitute the way forward for Scarborough. These principles were generated during the update of the Scarborough Comprehensive Plan public engagement process, especially during the Planapalooza™. These principles are meant to set priorities for moving forward. The value of the recommendations contained within this Plan depends on local leaders incorporating the intent of the Vision and Principles into the decision-making culture.

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    The Community Vision presented here includes nine guiding principles that together constitute the way forward for Scarborough. These principles were generated during the update of the Scarborough Comprehensive Plan public engagement process, especially during the Planapalooza™. These principles are meant to set priorities for moving forward. The value of the recommendations contained within this Plan depends on local leaders incorporating the intent of the Vision and Principles into the decision-making culture.

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  • The State of Affairs

    11 months ago

    A focus on existing conditions, emerging trends, and priority issues raised by the community set the stage for where the Town needs to go in the future. The technical analysis, insights, and recurring themes discussed during Planapalooza™ formed the foundation on which the rest of this Comprehensive Plan was based. The following insights touch on demographics, market and economy, built environment, natural environment and government finances.

    Here are a series of section in the State of Affairs part of the document! Read through the sections that are of most interest to you and please indicate which one you refer to...

    A focus on existing conditions, emerging trends, and priority issues raised by the community set the stage for where the Town needs to go in the future. The technical analysis, insights, and recurring themes discussed during Planapalooza™ formed the foundation on which the rest of this Comprehensive Plan was based. The following insights touch on demographics, market and economy, built environment, natural environment and government finances.

    Here are a series of section in the State of Affairs part of the document! Read through the sections that are of most interest to you and please indicate which one you refer to as you provide your comments below. 

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  • Scarborough residents understand that planning for the future will result in a stronger local economy, greater sustainability, and a better quality of life for current and future residents, as well as continued attractiveness for visitors. This section provides a description of the Conservation and Growth Map that sets up a town-wide framework for investing in areas supported by existing infrastructure, retrofitting areas in need of redevelopment, and protecting open space and natural resources such as the marsh, a pristine resource in the Town. A description of how this map is organized, according to conservation and growth areas, is provided. The...

    Scarborough residents understand that planning for the future will result in a stronger local economy, greater sustainability, and a better quality of life for current and future residents, as well as continued attractiveness for visitors. This section provides a description of the Conservation and Growth Map that sets up a town-wide framework for investing in areas supported by existing infrastructure, retrofitting areas in need of redevelopment, and protecting open space and natural resources such as the marsh, a pristine resource in the Town. A description of how this map is organized, according to conservation and growth areas, is provided. The identified growth sectors include areas for infill, redevelopment, and retrofit. A number of these growth areas are illustrated in detail to show possibilities of how development could occur that reflects the goals and aspirations of the community.

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  • When communities talk about resilience, they are typically focused on either carbon reduction or hazard risk reduction. But resilience is a much more complex system, that at its core is about our ability to thrive when faced with sudden changes. Our ability to flourish greatly relies on understanding interdependencies, the ripple effects that the choices that we make have, and making choices that both simultaneously reduce risk and make rebounding from shocks easier. If one considers Scarborough’s rate, type, and pattern of growth over the years, paying attention to the interrelationship of land-use (residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, and open space),...

    When communities talk about resilience, they are typically focused on either carbon reduction or hazard risk reduction. But resilience is a much more complex system, that at its core is about our ability to thrive when faced with sudden changes. Our ability to flourish greatly relies on understanding interdependencies, the ripple effects that the choices that we make have, and making choices that both simultaneously reduce risk and make rebounding from shocks easier. If one considers Scarborough’s rate, type, and pattern of growth over the years, paying attention to the interrelationship of land-use (residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, and open space), one can garner valuable insight on what the implications of previous growth has been as a reasonable indicator of what the future holds.

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  • Implementing the Town’s comprehensive plan depends greatly on the ability of property owners, developers, Town staff, elected officials, and the general public to work together for a common purpose. The “action plan” presented in this document organizes projects and action items important to helping Scarborough meet its economic and quality of life goals while informing future Town investments and key decision-making.

    The intent of the action plan is three-fold. First, it provides decision-makers with a blueprint for implementation. Second, clearly defined projects and action items identify public or private investment opportunities that are healthy, sustainable, and achievable. Third, regularly...

    Implementing the Town’s comprehensive plan depends greatly on the ability of property owners, developers, Town staff, elected officials, and the general public to work together for a common purpose. The “action plan” presented in this document organizes projects and action items important to helping Scarborough meet its economic and quality of life goals while informing future Town investments and key decision-making.

    The intent of the action plan is three-fold. First, it provides decision-makers with a blueprint for implementation. Second, clearly defined projects and action items identify public or private investment opportunities that are healthy, sustainable, and achievable. Third, regularly measuring achievements against the action plan (i.e., a “community report card”) provides stakeholders with the opportunity to track progress and hold elected officials accountable for implementing the plan.

    The structure of the action plan does not require all projects or action items be completed in sequence. Instead, it promotes flexibility and partnership opportunities between the Town and other stakeholders for implementing the vision in phases, consistent with the pace of growth, emerging regional initiatives, or available funding. The information that follows summarizes key components of the Town’s action plan.

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