Welcome to the Land Use Planning page for the Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission. Following is a listing of services offered by the Land Use Team. Please contact if you have any questions or comments. Click here to contact the Land Use staff. More…

What's New

  • SMRPC has completed a handbook on financing infrastructure improvements through impact fees. Click here to find out more.
  • The APA Ethical Principles in Planning document is available to view and print. Click here to view.
  • As of January 2003, town's are required to have ordinances consistent with approved Comprehensive Plans. Check the following link to the Maine State Planning Office Website to find out more about this issue. http://www.state.me.us/spo/cpip/new/faq2003.htm

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Development Review

For those member communities who do not have "in-house" capacity to review development applications, SMRPC offers the expertise to do the job. Member of our land use team will review subdivision and site plan applications for completeness and for compliance with standards, and even prepare findings of fact for the Planning Board. In most communities, local ordinances or regulations provide the ability for the community to charge the applicants for these services, so our assistance can be obtained without using taxpayer funds. Some communities arrange for regular monthly assistance that includes attendance at meetings, while others simply request us to prepare memoranda for their Planning Boards on an "as needed" basis.


Comprehensive Planning

SMRPC has decades of experience in preparing Comprehensive Plans in compliance with Maine's Growth Management Act, and will even help communities apply for State funding when available, at a minimum cost to the community. We can take the lead role in preparing a plan, or may serve as a subcontractor to a community's lead consultant. Some town will engage our services for just a limited component of the plan, such as an inventory update or community survey.


Ordinance and Regulation Preparation

From cell tower standards to shoreland zoning, or from building permit limits to subdivision regulations, members of our land use team will prepare draft language for consideration by the Town Meeting or Council.



Often members of the Land Use team are engaged to facilitate a series of meetings to work on a particular problem that a community needs to solve on a short term basis. Given our experiences with a variety of Towns and Cities, and our "out-of-town" status, our planners can provide the leadership needed to conduct a productive public discussion.


Geographic Information Services

Utilizing the latest techniques in digital mapmaking and geographic analysis, SMRPC can provide maps for zoning, comprehensive planning, or site studies. We can also act as a broker to find the contractor you need, if more complicated GIS work is required.


Legislative Analysis

SMRPC follows the State legislative and rule-making process each season, and tracks changes that may have an impact on our member communities. Each year workshops are held on important changes, particularly in the field of subdivision review.


Census Data Center

SMRPC serves as a federally designated "Census Data Center" and can help you gain access to the Census resources you may be looking for. Click here to access the Census Page.

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