Category: Smart growth

Supporting Farms in Maine Matters – What You Can Do

Our March forum ‘Growing Farm Friendly Communities‘ has been postponed due to snow. Join us at the new date: Monday March 26, 8:30-11a, Bowdoinham. Click here to visit the event page for all the details and registration! This Forum is a chance to learn from and discuss with leading Mainers the subject of farm friendly…

2018 Advocacy Update

The Second Regular Session of the 128th Maine State Legislature is well underway and GrowSmart Maine has taken an active role in securing passage of those select bills which would directly work to protect and build the future of Maine’s way of life, economy and infrastructure in a sustainable manner that benefits all Maine citizens. …

GrowSmart Maine Testifies in Support of LD 1798 to Update Rules for ConnectME Authority

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine in support of LD 1798 February 13, 2018 Senator Woodsome, Representative Berry and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, my name is Nancy Smith and I am the Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine. We are a statewide non-partisan, non-profit, membership-based organization working…

The Value of Farms, Monetary & Beyond

Written by Rachel Bouvier.  As an environmental economist, member of GrowSmart Maine, and an avid hiker and “consumer” of conservation land, I testified in front of the Ag, Forestry and Conservation Committee back in December.  Here are some highlights of my testimony. Many municipalities around Maine are concerned with the tax-exempt status of some conservation lands. …

Testimony on the Draft 2018 Action Plan of Maine Housing and Dept of Economic & Community Development

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine With regards to Draft 2018 Action Plan Maine State Housing Authority and the Department of Economic and Community Development December 11, 2017   Representatives of the Maine State Housing Authority and the Department of Economic and Community Development. My name is Nancy Smith and I am…

New Auburn’s Village Center Renaissance

By Ethan Boxer-Macomber As advocates of Smart Growth, we are all encouraged and delighted by the current national trend toward redirection of resources to traditional city and town centers abandoned and neglected over 60 years of urban flight and suburban proliferation.  This reinvestment trend is readily apparent in Maine cities such as Bangor, Lewiston, Portland…

‘More action; less talk’ – GrowSmart Maine is Listening

“I don’t ask you your age, don’t ask mine.” Earlier this year GrowSmart Maine asked members, colleagues and total strangers to take a survey. We wanted to know which issues matter to them, how they thought we should address them and, oh yeah, how they thought we were doing. As our staff and board members…

Is Walking Controversial?

Join us in an exploration of the transportation ecosystem at our upcoming Walkability Forum in Bangor, Sept 19th. Register now! By Carol Morris. Working with all different kinds of people is a big part of my job as a public outreach consultant. As a matter of fact, if I don’t connect with a diverse bunch…

Legendary Stevens Avenue

By Susan Ransom Last night I walked over to our community garden plot with my husband and our dog, greeting neighbors (and their dogs) along the way. Within five blocks I can walk to the library, the Quality Shop, Pat’s Meat Market, Baxter Woods, Siano’s restaurant, Roy’s Shoe Repair, the Sewing Shop, Jet Video, and…

Letter to the Land Use Planning Commission from GrowSmart Maine

To the Members of the Maine Land Use Planning Commission                           August 10, 2017 As noted in my testimony yesterday, I am providing a written summary of my remarks. I was encouraged to hear the Chair of the Commission state that it is not the goal of the Commission to eliminate the adjacency rule, but to…