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Town of Orono

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Orono's Monument Square, circa 1908
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Mill Street businesses, circa 1910
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An overhead view of downtown Orono


Comprehensive Plan Update

Comprehensive Plan Update

On November 9, 2015, the Town Council adopted the Updated Comprehensive Plan.  The Updated Plan consists of Volumes 1 (Inventories and Analyses) and 2 (Policies, Actions and Implementation), as well as the previously adopted Forestry & Agriculutre District Addendum (Vol 3).

Volume 1: Inventories and Analysis

Volume 2: Policies, Actions and Implementation

Volume 3:  Forestry & Agriculture District Addendum to Comprehensive Plan, March 2009

Summary PowerPoint of some of the major issues and actions in the plan.

Low Density Residential District Review

As requested by the Town Council, the Comprehensive Plan Committee reviewed the purpose, uses, and boundaries of the Low Density Residential District, which was a new zoning district created in 2009-2010 as recommended in the Forestry & Agriculture Addendum to the Comprehensive Plan. The Committee conducted a public hearing on its draft report to the Council on January 14, 2015 and submitted the report to the Town Council in February 2015.  The Town Council in conducting its review of the recommendations (contact Town Manager's office for dates). The draft report can be downloaded here.


The Town Council held a public on the Updated Comprehensive Plan on October 19, 2015, at 7 p.m. prior to acting on and approving the plan on November 9, 2015.

As it prepared the update the Comprehensive Plan, the Comprehensive Plan Committee conducted five public forums and its own public hearing.  

The Comprehensive Plan Committee held a PUBLIC HEARING on Thursday, May 29, 2014, on the proposed update of the Comprehensive Plan:    

The Comprehensive Plan Committee's fifth PUBLIC FORUM was held on March 27, 2014, Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 59 Main Street.  The focus was on revised land use policies as well as transportation & utilities, recreation, natural resources, and municipal services. More than 50 residents attended and offered valuable advice to the Committee.  This and the earlier forums have led to proposed policies and actions affecting student housing and neighborhoods, affordable home ownership, downtown development, entrepreneurial development, home occupations, and other matters.

The Comp Plan Committee's November 12, 2013, forum on Housing, Economy and Growth Area Land Use Policies and Actions was well attended and energetic, with many good insights and suggestions.  Notes from the forum can be accessed here.

The Comp Plan Committee public forums on April 24 and June 12, 2013, where more than 60 citizens delved into priority issues and opportunities and rated their urgency.  A summary of key issues, including ten "overarching" issues is here, along with a summary of how participants rated their seriousness or importance.  

These followed an earlier "issues-spotting" meeting on November 7, 2012, where citizens offered their opinions as to the issues the Committee should be addressing.  Here is the full list of issues that came out during the meeting and an overview of highest priority issues, as summarized by the group.  


May 3, 2012
June 7, 2012
July 19, 2012
August 2, 2012
September 6, 2012
October 4, 2012
November 1, 2012
December 6, 2012
January 3, 2013
February 7, 2013
March 7, 2013
April 4, 2013
May 2, 2013
June 12, 2013
August 1, 2013
September 5, 2013
October 3, 2013
November 6, 2013
December 5, 2013
January 2, 2014
February 6, 2014
March 6, 2014
April 3, 2014
May 1, 2014
June 5, 2014
September 4, 2014 (LDR review)
October 2, 2014 (LDR review)
November 12, 2014 (LDR review)
December 4, 2014 (LDR review)

2013-11-06 minutes
2013-12-05 minutes


The Comprehensive Plan Committee completed its work in February 2015.


Traditional Neighborhood Development

Pushaw Lake Phosphorus Trend

Nov. 12, 2013 Forum Presentation - Families, Neighborhoods, Economy

March 27, 2014 Forum Presentation - Infrastructure, Services, Capital Investment

Summary of Results of Survey on Selected Issues - March 2014

LDR District Land Use - September 2014