Category: Smart growth

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…

GrowSmart Maine testifies in favor of LD 1373: “An Act To Protect and Expand Access to Solar Power in Maine”

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine in support of LD 1373 “An Act To Protect and Expand Access to Solar Power in Maine” May 4, 2017 Senator Woodsome, Representative Berry and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, my name is Nancy Smith and I live in Monmouth….

GrowSmart Maine testifies in opposition to LD 1392 “An Act To Allow Municipalities To Opt Not To Enforce the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code”

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine, in opposition to LD 1392 “An Act To Allow Municipalities To Opt Not To Enforce the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code” April 26, 2017 Senator Volk, Representative Fecteau and members of the Joint Standing Committee on, Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development, my name is…

GrowSmart Maine testifies in support of LD 367 “An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Government Oversight Committee To Develop a Long-range Strategic Plan for Economic Improvement in the State”

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine, in support of LD 367 “An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Government Oversight Committee To Develop a Long-range Strategic Plan for Economic Improvement in the State” April 26, 2017 Senator Volk, Representative Fecteau and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research…

GrowSmart Maine Testifies in support of LD 1343 “An Act to Promote Downtown Revitalization by Creating the Locating Businesses Downtown Loan Program”

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine, in support of LD 1343 “An Act to Promote Downtown Revitalization by Creating the Locating Businesses Downtown Loan Program” April 26, 2017 Senator Volk, Representative Fecteau and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development, my name is Nancy Smith, I…

GrowSmart Maine testifies in favor of LD 805: “An Act To Streamline the Municipal Review Process When Dividing a Structure into 3 or More Dwelling Units and To Amend the Process for Recording Subdivision Variances”

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine in support of LD 805 “An Act To Streamline the Municipal Review Process When Dividing a Structure into 3 or More Dwelling Units and To Amend the Process for Recording Subdivision Variances” Senator Saviello, Representative Tucker and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and…