Category: zoning

Communities at Risk with Proposed LUPC Rule Changes

Earlier this week, GrowSmart Maine was in Brewer for the Public Hearing of the Land Use Planning Commission, which acts as the Planning Board for 10 million acres in the Unorganized Territories.  The public hearing on rules related to adjacency, which dictates that new development must be “adjacent” to similar sites, was nearly four hours…

GrowSmart Maine Weighs in on Proposed LUPC Rule Changes

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June 20, 2018 To Members of the Maine Land Use Planning Commission, In testimony from the April hearing, attached here, I outlined GrowSmart’s concerns related to proposed revisions to the LUPC adjacency rule. While GrowSmart appreciates the need to improve the current adjacency “one-mile rule” we offer recommendations to minimize development outside of areas not…

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…

GrowSmart Maine Testifies in Favor of LD 328: An Act to Provide Funds to the Local Government Fund to Encourage Regional Planning and Reorganization

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine in support of LD 328 “An Act to Provide Funds to the Local Government Fund to Encourage Regional Planning and Reorganization” March 1, 2017 Senator David, Representative Martin and members of the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government. My apologies for not being able…

Your Voice Matters! Vote Tomorrow!!

We all have our opinions.  Only twice per year do we have a concrete way to voice them.  Tomorrow is one of those chances – don’t let it pass you by.  Your vote matters, your voice matters.  And tomorrow, across the state, you get a say in what happens with your tax dollars and in…

Last Chance! Online Registration closes Friday!

Don’t miss this great opportunity to discover tools you can use in your community to become more resilient, efficient and informed in the face of a changing climate using consumer-friendly tactics gleaned from our recent trip to Denmark. Registration closes Friday for Community Solutions to a Changing Climate: The GrowSmart Maine Annual Meeting, October 20th…

GrowSmart Maine opposes Portland’s Question 2

PORTLAND – In an act unprecedented in its history, GrowSmart Maine’s Board of Directors has unanimously voted to oppose Portland’s Question 2, the “View Shed Referendum.” It may seem unusual that an organization dedicated to protecting Maine’s heritage, landscape and future would turn its back on a referendum devoted to protecting the city’s view sheds….