Is more retail really the answer? Growing smart in Hallowell

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Check out the CentralMaine.com story: Hallowell Planning Board to host discussion about Stevens Commons project Below are remarks made at the Nov 16 Hallowell Planning Board Presentation by GrowSmart Maine’s Executive Director Nancy Smith: GrowSmart Maine is a statewide non-profit whose mission is to create lasting prosperity without sacrificing the quality of life that defines…

Take the Survey!

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Your input needed to inform Maine’s zoning The Land Use Planning Commission is currently reviewing the adjacency principle, which is a policy that guides where new zones for development can be created. The purpose of the review is to find out if there are better ways to account for different situations when deciding where to encourage new…

Bridging Portland’s Divide: How to ensure residents are part of the development process

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GrowSmart Maine continues to work on the conversation started at the June 9th, 2016 Smart Growth Forum- A Panorama on Portland’s Growth: Can Public Process Bridge the Gap?  Based on discussions with the 125 attendees at the forum and follow-up discussions with Portland’s neighborhood associations we have launched a project to clarify and illuminate the…

Central Maine Millennials: What they love, hate, and want to change.

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This article is a part of our Leaning Into Change series. Topics are meant to inspire conversation leading up to our 2016 Summit in Waterville. Registration is now open. Follow along with #GrowSmartME. What do millennials in Central Maine see as its best assets, its biggest opportunities, and its biggest barriers? We talked to 10…

Angus on Action: Leaning into Change

Angus King on Leaning into Change & Smart Growth in Maine.

This article is a part of our Leaning Into Change series. Topics are meant to inspire conversation leading up to our 2016 Summit in Waterville. Registration is now open. Follow along with #GrowSmartME. We recently sat down with Senator Angus King to talk about taking action in Maine’s communities. In order to address some of…

3 Things Every Mainer Can Do Today to Protect Historic Buildings Against Floods

Fort Kent, Maine, flood in 2008. Photo courtesy of Bangor Daily News

This article is a part of our Leaning Into Change series. Topics are meant to inspire conversation leading up to our 2016 Summit in Waterville. Registration is now open.  Follow along with #GrowSmartME.  We recently talked with Roderick Scott, Flood Hazard Mitigation Specialist and Technical Educator, from the International Association of Structural Movers (yes, that’s a thing!)….

Thomas College: Leaning into change for Maine’s students

This article is a part of our Leaning Into Change series. Topics are meant to inspire conversation leading up to our 2016 Summit in Waterville. Registration is now open. Follow along with #GrowSmartME. If you graduated or attended college, think about how different curriculum has changed since you left. The technology even changes as quickly…

2016 Legislative Wrap-up

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As the Second Regular Session of the 126th Legislature has come to a close, we share an update of noteworthy legislation, a mix of carry-over bills from the 2015 session as well as new bills submitted for this short session.  Some bills moved through the session quietly, while others drew quite a bit of worthy…

Wilton and Rumford to Participate in Making Headway In Your Community, a project of GrowSmart Maine and Maine Downtown Center.

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Movie Night and Community Conversation being held in each community. Wilton, Rumford – The communities of Wilton and Rumford have been chosen to participate in Making Headway In Your Community, a joint community development program of GrowSmart Maine and the Maine Downtown Center at the Maine Development Foundation. These communities were selected for their demonstrated…