Source: SPO Comprehensive Plan Manual, 2005.
A major goal for Standish was to retain its rural character. To do this the Town's 2006 Comprehensive Plan recommended directing a large majority of its future residential and commercial growth into its village centers and the immediately surrounding areas.
The Comprehensive Plan identified three village centers as Growth Areas where the majority of the town's development should take place: Steep Falls, Standish Corner (pictured above), and Sebago Lake Village. The St. Joseph's College campus is also designated as a Growth Area.
In November 2007 the town completed the first of these master plans for its village-center growth areas: a Village Design Master Plan for Standish Corner. This Plan sets the overall direction for how the village at the intersection of Routes 25 and 35 should evolve over time. It recommends:
While the Master Plan set the long term direction for Standish Corner, many specific details remain concerning the many issues listed above. For instance, the Master Plan recommends consideration of a range of reduced minimum lot sizes in the village center but does not recommend a specific minimum size.
In March 2008, the Town Council established the Village Implementation Committee. The Committee is chaired by Town Councilor Carolyn Biegel, council representative for the Standish Corner village area.
The work of the Village Implementation Committee will be to provide the Town Council with recommendations on these many design questions, including which will lead to recommendations on specific changes to the zoning ordinance and other regulations in Standish Corner. Phase I will make specific recommendations to the Council prior to developing ordinance language. A Draft Work Plan for Phase I has been developed. This phase is expected to last through December 2008. Following review by the Town Council, the Planning Board and others, Phase II will move to making zoning change recommendations by June 2009.
The Committee hosted a wide variety of public events to engage Standish citizens and business owners and get their input.
October 16, 2008 meeting
October 30, 2008 meeting
February 12, 2009 meeting
Third Public Workshop: May 14, 2009
Three Growth Concept Summary Boards and Workshop Graphics [these graphics were on display as posters throughout the workshop]
Keypad Polling Results