Maine Smart Growth Awards

Share YOUR smart growth plans and projects

awards designed to recognize the diverse activities that contribute to smart growth and serve as real life illustrations of the benefits it brings

What do you call a place with a thriving, walkable downtown surrounded by productive farmland and forestland? A place that provides efficient public infrastructure: roads, water, sewer, even broadband? These are the signs of a community whose residents care how growth affects their town – and who use smart growth principles to shape it.

Smart growth is a common sense concept that helps communities welcome growth while maintaining the historic and natural beauty of our state.

But this concept is sometimes hard to explain, and that’s why GrowSmart Maine is launching the first annual Maine Smart Growth Awards.

Learn more here on our ‘What is Smart Growth?’ page

These awards are designed to recognize the diverse activities that contribute to smart growth, and also serve as real life illustrations of the benefits it can bring.

The awards will showcase the kind of projects, plans, policies and people that support smart growth in all its diversity, whether it’s a plan for a walkable, inclusive village center, a development that is affordable and sustainably built, a community-supported bike and walking path, or a person whose career exemplifies the impact of smart growth.

Charlie Colgan, former state economist; Kate Dempsey, executive director of Maine’s Nature Conservancy; and Evan Richert, former head of state planning and Orono community planner, agreed to judge the 2018 awards.

Stay tuned for more information about the 2019 Awards!

2018 Award Winners

Brian Kent – Lifetime Achievement – Contributions to Land Use Planning in Maine


Denis Lachman and Kiya Smith
For 502 Deering Center – Outstanding Project


Colby College President David Greene For Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons Accepted by Paul Ureneck & Brian Clark


Windham Town Council For 21st Century Downtown Zoning – Accepted by Ben Smith of North Star Planning & Tom Bartell of Town of Windham

Portland Housing Authority
For Strategic Vision Plan


City of Portland’s Public Works and Planning & Urban Development Departments
For Franklin Street Redesign
Accepted by Jeremiah Bartlett, City of Portland, and Markos Miller, Franklin Reclamation Authority

See more information about the projects in this slide presentation from the 2018 Summit: 2018 Maine Smart Growth Awards