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AADT: Average Annual Daily Traffic
AAO: Airport Approach Overlay
AASHTO: American Association of State and Highway Traffic Officials
ACS: American Community Survey
ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act (U.S.)
ADT: Average Daily Traffic
ADU: Accessory Dwelling Unit
AIA: American Institute of Architects
AMI: Area Median Income
APA: American Planning Association
APO: Aquifer Protection Overlay
ASCE: American Society of Civil Engineers
BDA: Brunswick Downtown Association
BDC: Brunswick Development Corporation
BLS: Bureau of Labor Statistics (U.S.)
BMP: Best Management Practice
BNAS: Brunswick Naval Air Station
BPAC: Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
BRT: Bus Rapid Transit
BSD: Brunswick School District
  Brunswick Sewer District
BTIP: Biennial Transportation Improvement Plan (MaineDOT)
BTLT: Brunswicl-Topsham Land Trust
BTWD: Brunswick-Topsham Water District
BUILD: Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (formerly TIGER) Grant
BwH: Beginning with Habitat Program (run by MFIW)
CAA: Clean Air Act (U.S.)
CAAA: Clean Air Act Amendments (U.S.)
CBD: Central Business District
CC&Rs: Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions
CCSWCD: Cumberland County Sewer and Water Conservation District
CDBG: Community Development Block Grant
CEO: Code Enforcement Officer
CERCLA: Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act
CFC: Chlorofluorocarbon
CIP: Capital Improvement Program (or Plan)
CMAQ: Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program (U.S.)
COG: Council of Governments
CPI: Consumer Price Index
CPTED: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
CRA: Community Reinvestment Act (U.S.)
CSS: Context Sensitive Solutions
CUP: Conditional Use Permit
CWA: Clean Water Act
DEP: Department of Environmental Protection (applied to either USDEP or MDEP)
DMA: Disaster Mitigation Act (U.S.)
DOT: Department of Transportation (U.S.)
DU: Dwelling Unit
DWP: Drinking Water Program (ME)
EDA: Economic Development Administration (U.S.)
EIS: Environmental Impact Statement
EPA: Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.)
EPCRA: Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act
ESA: Endangered Species Act (U.S.)
FAA: Federal Aviation Administration
FAR: Floor Area Ratio
FBC: Form Based Code
FCC: Federal Communications Commission
FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency
FHA: Federal Housing Administration
FHWA: Federal Highway Administration
FIRM: Flood Insurance Rate Map
FOAA: Freedom of Access Act ("Right to Know Law")
FPO: Flood Protection Overlay
FRA: Federal Railroad Administration
FSC: Forest Stewardship Council
FTA: Federal Transit Administration
FTE: Full-Time Equivalent
GBCI: Green Business Certification Inc. (formerly Green Building Certification Institute)
GFA: Gross Floor Area
GHG: Greenhouse Gas
GI: Green Infrastructure
GIS: Geographic Information System
GMA: Growth Management Act (ME)
GMI: Gross Monthly Income
HAT: Highest Annual Tide
HCFC: Hydrochlorofluorocarbon
HOA: Homeowners Association
HPITC: Historic Preservation Investment Tax Credit
HUD: Department of Housing and Urban Development (U.S.)
IDA: International Dark-Sky Association
IES: Illumination Engineering Society of North America
ITE: Institute of Traffic Engineers
LCA: Life Cycle Analysis
LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
LHMP: Local Hazard Mitigation Plan
LID: Low Impact Development
LIHTC: Low Income Housing Tax Credits
LOS: Level of Service
LULU: Locally Undesirable Land Use
LUPC: Land Use Planning Commission (ME)
MaineDOT: Maine Department of Transportation
MCLs: Maximum Containment Levels
MDEP: Maine Department of Environmental Protection
MDMR: Maine Department of Marine Resources
MDOC: Maine Department of Conservation
MeGIS: Maine Office of Geographic Information Systems
MESA: Maine Endangered Species Act
MGS: Maine Geological Survey
MHO: Mobile Home Overlay
MHPC: Maine Historic Preservation Commission
MIFW: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
MMA: Maine Municipal Association
MMESA: Maine Marine Endangered Species Act
MNAP: Maine Natural Areas Program (run by MDOC)
MPIC: Master Plan Implementation Committee
MRRA: Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority
M.R.S.: Maine Revised Statutes
MS4: Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer System
MSA: Metropolitan Statistical Area
MSHA: Maine State Housing Authority
MUBEC: Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code
MUTCD: Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices
NCSC: National Complete Streets Coalition
NEPA: National Environmental Policy Act
NFIP: National Flood Insurance Program
NFPA: National Fire Protection Association
NGO: Nongovernmental Organization
NHPA: National Historic Preservation Act
NHTSA: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NIMBY: "Not in My Back Yard"
NLIHC: National Low Income Housing Coalition
NNEPRA: Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority
NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency
NRCS: National Resource Conservation Service
NRPA: National Recreation and Parks Association
  Natural Resources Protection Act
NTSB: National Transportation Safety Board
NWI: National Wetlands Inventory
P3: Public-Private Partnership
PBT: Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxic Chemical
PCBs: Polychlorinated Biphenyl
PFCs: Perfluorocarbons
RFP: Request for Proposals
RFQ: Request for Qualifications
RLUIPA: Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (U.S.)
ROW: Right-of-Way
SCORP: State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (ME)
SDWA: Safe Drinking Water Act (U.S.)
SF: Square Foot (Feet)
SITES: Sustainable Sites Initiative
SLODA: Site Location of Development Act (ME)
SPI: Soil Productivity Index
SPO: Shoreland Protection Overlay
  State Planning Office (In 2012 the State Planning Office was eliminated. However, Chapter 208: Comprehensive Plan Review Criteria remains, and is currently administered by the Municipal Planning Assistance Program in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.)
SRC: Staff Review Committee
SRI: Solar Reflective Index
SRTS: Safe Routes to Schools
STR: Short Term Rental (See also "VRBO")
SVP: Significant Vernal Pool
SWAP: Source Water Assessment Program (ME)
SWES: Small Energy Wind System
SWH: Significant Wildlife Habitat
SWOT: Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, and Threat (Analysis)
SZA: Shoreland Zoning Act (ME)
TCO: Telecommunications Overlay
TDR: Transfer of Development Rights
TEA-21: Transportation Efficiency Act for the 21st Century (U.S.)
TIF: Tax Increment Financing
TMDL: Total Maximum Daily Load
TND: Traditional Neighborhood Development
ToB: Town of Brunswick
TOD: Transit-Oriented Design
UIS: Urban Impaired Stream
ULI: Urban Land Institute
USACE: United States Army Corps of Engineers
USDA: United States Department of Agriculture
USDI: United States Department of the Interior
USFS: United States Forest Service
USFWS: United States Fish and Wildlife Service
USGBC: United States Green Building Council
USGS: United States Geologic Survey
USHA: United States Housing Act
VMT: Vehicle-Miles Traveled
VOCs: Volatile Organic Compounds
VRAP: Voluntary Response Action Program
VRB: Village Review Board
VRBO: Vacation Rental by Owner (See also "STR")
VRO: Village Review Overlay
WHPA: Wellhead Protection Area
WPO: Wildlife Protection Overlay
ZBA: Zoning Board of Appeals
Act: The Growth Management Act (30-A M.R.S.A. §§ 4312-4350.).
Amendment: A change to a comprehensive plan that is adopted subsequent to an Office finding that the plan is consistent with the Growth Management Act.
Applicable Regional Council: The council of governments, established under 30-A M.R.S.A. §§ 2311-2316, or regional planning commission, established under 30-A M.R.S.A. §§ 2321-2326, that is the authorized review agency for the regional planning and development district or subdistrict, designated under 30-A M.R.S.A. §§ 2341-2342, within which the community submitting a comprehensive plan or zoning ordinance is located.
Arterial: A highway providing long-distance connections as approved by the Federal Highway Administration pursuant to 23 Code of Federal Regulation, Section 470.105(b)(1999) and as so designated by MaineDOT pursuant to the Maine Highway Driveway and Entrance regulations, 17-229 CMR 299.
Capital Investment: Expending municipal funds of $20,000 or more to purchase assets of land, machinery, equipment, or buildings.
Capital Investment Plan (CInP): A summary list of municipal capital investments anticipated during the planning period in order to implement the strategies in the comprehensive plan.
Commercial Development: For-profit business operations that provide goods, services, or commodities. For the purposes of this Chapter, home occupations are not considered commercial development.
Comprehensive Plan: A document or interrelated documents developed by a community in accordance with the procedural provisions of 30-A M.R.S.A. §4324, the substantive requirements of 30-A M.R.S.A. §4326, and contain the required elements identified in section 2 of this chapter.
Comprehensive Planning Data Set: Data provided upon request by the Office or it’s designee for the preparation of a comprehensive plan. Though additional data may be provided, only the minimum data components needed to meet the minimum requirements of this Chapter are considered the “Comprehensive Planning Data Set”.
Critical Natural Resource: The following natural resources which under federal and/or state law warrant protection from the negative impacts of development:
  1. Resource Protection District areas as set forth in MDEP Guidelines for Municipal Shoreland Zoning Ordinances (Chapter 1000 § 13.A) pursuant to the Mandatory Shoreland Zoning Act (38 M.R.S.A. §438-A, subsection 1);
  2. Wetlands of special significance as defined in MDEP Wetlands and Waterbodies Protection Rules (Chapter 310 § 4);
  3. Significant wildlife habitat as defined in the Natural Resources Protection Act (38 M.R.S.A. §480-B(10);
  4. Threatened, endangered and special concern animal species habitat as identified and mapped by MIFW pursuant to the Maine Endangered Species Act (12 M.R.S.A., Chapter 925);
  5. Significant freshwater fisheries spawning habitat as identified and mapped by MIFW or MDMR;
  6. Natural communities that are critically imperiled (S1), imperiled (S2) or rare (S3) as defined and mapped by MNAP;
  7. Areas containing plant species declared to be threatened or endangered by the MDOC;
  8. Coastal sand dune systems as defined in the Natural Resources Protection Act (38 M.R.S.A. §480-B(1));
  9. Fragile mountain areas as defined in the Natural Resources Protection Act (38 M.R.S.A. §480-B(3)); or
  10. National Natural Landmarks designated by the National Park Service pursuant to its National Natural Landmark Program (36 Code of Federal Regulation, Section 62).
Critical Rural Area: A rural area that is specifically identified and designated by a community's comprehensive plan as deserving maximum protection from development to preserve natural resources and related economic activities that may include, but are not limited to, significant farmland, forest land or mineral resources; high-value wildlife or fisheries habitat; scenic areas; public water supplies; scarce or especially vulnerable natural resources; and open lands functionally necessary to support a vibrant rural economy.
Critical Waterfront Area: A shorefront area characterized by functionally water-dependent uses, as defined in M.R.S.A. 38 §436-A(6), and specifically identified and designated by a community's comprehensive plan as deserving maximum protection from incompatible development.
Floor Area: The total area covered by all floors in a building, typically measured in square feet or acres.
Growth Area: An area that is designated in a community's comprehensive plan as suitable for orderly residential, commercial, or industrial development, or any combinations of those types of development and related infrastructure, and into which most development projected over 10 years is directed.
Growth Management Program: A set of interrelated documents that comprise a comprehensive plan and implementation program, including zoning ordinances, as described in 30-A M.R.S.A. §4326.
Habitat Connections: Those areas that link large habitat blocks based on a prioritized habitat analysis prepared by Beginning with Habitat.
Industrial Development: Business operations that manufacture, process, or store goods or commodities. For the purposes of this Chapter, home occupations are not considered industrial development.
Institutional Development: Establishments such as governmental facilities, colleges, vocational schools, hospitals, or health care facilities.
Large Habitat Blocks: Contiguous, undeveloped areas of 500 acres or more as identified and mapped by BwH.
Low Impact Development: A process of developing land that combines site design strategies and best management practices to limit the volume and flows of runoff from a developed site and treat and infiltrate precipitation on the site in a way that mimics its natural hydrology.
Managed Forest Lands: Lands managed for any of the following purposes: timber stand improvement, timber or other forest products harvesting, regeneration of forest stands, habitat management, aesthetics, recreation, or water quality protection.
Marine Transportation Facilities: Public and private facilities used for cargo and/or passenger transport that rely on water access, including infrastructure and support facilities such as buildings, piers, docks, parking, and storage.
Minimal Commercial/Institutional Development: There has been less than a ten (10) percent increase in the floor area devoted to commercial and institutional development in the community over the previous ten (10) years.
Minimal Industrial Development: There has been less than a ten (10) percent increase in the floor area devoted to industrial development in the community over previous ten (10) years.
Minimal Residential Development: Residential development in the community is characterized by:
  1. Less than five (5) percent population growth over the previous ten (10) years; and
  2. Less than fifty (50) units of residential housing, including apartment, condominium, and seasonal units, constructed over previous ten (10) years.
Mobility Corridor: An arterial that is a designated “mobility corridor” pursuant to the Maine Highway Driveway and Entrance regulations, 17-229 CMR 299.
Multi-Function Wetlands: Wetlands found to provide three of more wetland functions as depicted on the Wetlands Characterization Maps developed by the Beginning with Habitat Program.
Municipal Growth-Related Capital Investment: Investment by the municipality in the following projects, even if privately-owned, using municipal, county, state, federal, or other public funds, in the form of a purchase, lease, grant, loan, loan guarantee, credit, tax credit, or other financial assistance:
  1. Construction of new transportation infrastructure or capacity;
  2. Construction or acquisition of newly constructed multifamily rental or affordable housing;
  3. Development of industrial or business parks;
  4. Construction or extension of sewer, water, or other utility lines;
  5. Construction of public, quasi-public, or private service infrastructure, facilities, and community buildings; or
  6. Construction or expansion of municipal office buildings, municipal educational facilities, and other quasi-public facilities and other civic buildings that serve public clients and customers.

Municipal growth-related capital investment does not include investment in the following: mobile equipment, the operation or maintenance of a municipal facility or program; maintenance of existing transportation infrastructure without significantly expanding capacity; or municipal revenue sharing.

Non-Point Sources of Pollution: Facilities, activities, or any circumstance that cause rainfall, snowmelt, or irrigation water, running over land or through the ground, to pick up pollutants and to deposit them into rivers, lakes, coastal waters, or ground water.
Planning Period: A minimum of ten (10) years.
Regional Council: The council of governments, established under 30-A M.R.S.A. §§ 2311-2316, or regional planning commission, established under 30-A M.R.S.A. §§ 2321-2326, that is the authorized review agency for the regional planning and development district or subdistrict, designated under 30-A M.R.S.A. §§ 2341-2342.
Rural Area: A geographic area that is identified and designated in a community's comprehensive plan as an area that is deserving of some level of regulatory protection from unrestricted development for purposes that may include, but are not limited to, supporting agriculture, forestry, mining, open space, wildlife habitat, fisheries habitat, and scenic lands, and away from which most development projected over 10 years is diverted.
Shoreland Zone: The same as “Shoreland Area” in the Mandatory Shoreland Zoning Act (38 M.R.S.A. §§ 435 - 449.).
Significant Freshwater Fisheries Habitat: Any freshwater river, stream, brook, lake, or pond that is identified as:
  1. A brook trout habitat as depicted on maps developed by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; or
  2. Rare, native fish habitat as depicted on maps developed by the MIFW; or
  3. Diadromous fisheries habitat as depicted on maps developed by the Maine Department of Marine Resources.
State Transportation System: Includes the following:
  1. Maine Department of Transportation and Maine Turnpike Authority administered or supervised state or state aid highways along with associated sidewalks, paths, trails, and/or bridges;
  2. Maine Department of Transportation administered or supervised marine highways, airports, and rail lines along with associated sidewalks, paths, trails, and/or bridges; and
  3. Any associated facilities essential to the safe and efficient operation of those state transportation systems, including but not limited to highway maintenance facilities, transit/rail stations, toll plazas, ferry terminals, cargo ports, intermodal transportation centers, weigh stations, rest areas, visitor information centers, service plazas, and park-and-ride lots, as well as parking lots and other infrastructure serving those facilities.
Stream: The same as “Stream” in the Mandatory Shoreland Zoning Act (38 M.R.S.A. §436-A (12)).
Strip Development: A pattern of development, usually commercial in nature, in which individual establishments have direct access to a single arterial or main thoroughfare. Strip developments are generally not in downtown areas and often lack pedestrian facilities, but are characterized by automobile-focused access with multiple curb cuts in relatively short distances.
Transit Services: Public or private operations that provide transportation to the public, such as rail and bus operations.
Transitional Area: An area that is designated in a community’s comprehensive plan as suitable for a share of projected residential, commercial, or industrial development but that is neither intended to accept the amount or density of development appropriate for a growth area nor intended to provide the level of protection for rural resources afforded in a rural area or critical rural area.
Wetlands: Any coastal wetlands or freshwater wetlands as defined below:
  1. All tidal and subtidal lands; all lands with vegetation present that is tolerant of salt water and occurs primarily in a salt water or estuarine habitat; and any swamp, marsh, bog, beach, flat or other contiguous low land that is subject to tidal action during the highest tide level for the year in which an activity is proposed as identified in tide tables published by the National Ocean Service. Coastal wetlands may include portions of coastal sand dunes.
  2. Freshwater wetlands include freshwater swamps, marshes, bogs, and similar areas (other than areas considered part of a great pond, coastal wetland, river, stream, or brook) that are inundated or saturated by surface or ground water at a frequency and for a duration sufficient to support, and which under normal circumstances do support, a prevalence of wetland vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soils. Freshwater wetlands may contain small stream channels or inclusions of land that do not conform to the above defining criteria.
Zoning Ordinance: A municipal land use ordinance that:
  1. Divides a community into zoning districts and prescribes the reasonable application of different regulations in each district to encourage orderly growth and development and implement a community's designation of growth and rural areas in its comprehensive plan; and
  2. Has been developed by the community in accordance with the procedural provisions and the substantive requirements of 30-A M.R.S.A. §§ 4324, 4326, and 4352.