A successful comprehensive planning process welcomes public participation at any level. There are a variety of ways in which Brunswick residents can participate in the update process. Steering Committee meetings (see calendar) are open to the public. The project timeline calls for a minimum of six (6) meetings where the public will be able to participate in discussion and various interactive activities. You can also contact Department of Planning and Development staff directly via email, phone (207.725.6660), or stopping by Town Hall in person (to insure staff will be available, appointments are preferred). Technical expertise in the eleven (11) inventory areas listed below is especially appreciated. If you feel you have something to contribute to the 2021 Comprehensive Plan Update let us know.
A statement of a community's vision for the future, a base for capital improvement plans, and a legally defensible foundation for community actions, policies, and regulations.
Per M.R.S. Title 30-A, Section 4326, the State of Maine requires three (3) specific elements in a Comprehensive Plan. A municipality may provide additional elements, but must provide the following:
Per M.R.S. Title 30-A, Section 4326, the inventory and analysis section must include, but is not limited to:
Yes, at a minimum, policies established in a comprehensive plan must:
Policies are general statements of intent.
Example: Protect significant historic resources.
Strategies are specific descriptions of actions.
Example: Work with the Pejepscot Historical Society to develop a comprehensive study of historic resources.
Although the State of Maine has specific minimum requirements, some communities may opt to include topic-specific plans within the plan. For example, local neighborhood plans, sustainability plans, design guidelines, affordable housing plans, etc. may be a part of the same Comprehensive Plan document. Other communities may opt to use the Comprehensive Plan as the means to identify and prioritize the need for topic-specific plans to be developed later as subsequent appendices or amendments to the Comprehensive Plan. The Town has opted to take the latter approach, creating additional topical plans as appendices and amendments, for this Comprehensive Plan Update.
A finding by the Municipal Planning Assistance Program in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry that a comprehensive plan is consistent with the GMA (Title 30-A, Chapter 187).
A Finding of Consistency is valid for twelve (12) years from the date of issue.
Yes, the Town of Brunswick received a Finding of Consistency which expired on November 20, 2020.
Negative consequences of not having a Finding of Consistency include, but are not limited to:
Provided the State determines a comprehensive plan submittal to be complete and no additional information is requested, it takes up to 45 days to issue a Finding of Consistency.
Within 35 business days of receiving the plan submittal, the State will either issue a Notification of Completeness or notify the Town in writing if there are any missing elements. A Notification of Completeness means that portions of the comprehensive plan other than the Future Land Use Plan have been accepted and the State will begin a focused review of the Future Land Use Plan. Within ten (10) business days of the issuance of Notification of Completeness, the State will notify the Town whether the plan has been found consistent with the GMA.