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Town of Orono

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Part of the Orono Land Trust trail system
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An overhead view of downtown Orono
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Webster Park, one of Orono's recreation spots


Comprehensive Plan Update

Comprehensive Plan Update

The Town Council has appointed a Comprehensive Plan Committee to update all aspects of the Comprehensive Plan, except for the part of the plan that was updated in 2009 as part of the reform of the Forestry and Agriculture land use district.

Charge to the Committee

The Town Council's charge and overall guidance to the committee can be downloaded here.  On November 18, 2013, the Town Council provided an additional charge relating to the Low Density Residential District.


The Comprehensive Plan Committee's fifth PUBLIC FORUM will be 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, 2014, Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 59 Main Street.  Focus will be on revised land use policies as well as transportation & utilities, recreation, natural resources, and municipal services.  Click here for the latest full draft of policies and actions can be reviewed below - or scroll down to Draft of Policies and Strategies and look for the Summary Chart of Policies and Actions. There is a section devoted to each of the topics that will be discussed at the forum.

The Comprehensive Plan Committee's next REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING will be  7 p.m., Thursday, April 3, 2014, Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 59 Main Street.  All meetings are open to the public, and all interested persons are welcome to attend. The Committee will be discussing an implementation program for the Comrpehensive Plan.  You are welcome to be part of the discussion.

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

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


Drafts of Sections of Plan: Inventories and Analyses

Population and Households v3

The Economy

Housing v2

Transportation v1

Parks and Recreational Facilities

The Shape of the Land: Geology, Soils, Topography & Water Resources

Rural Resources: Farm, Forest, Wetland and Wildlife Habitat

Historic and Scenic Resources v1

Municipal Infrastructure and Services v1

Municipal Finance v1

Land Use v1

Drafts of Policies & Strategies

Vision v2

Summary Chart of Policies and Actions - this is a work in progress that will be added to and changed at least monthly, so check often.

Future Land Use Plan - In-Town - this explores possible changes to zoning and land use in the in-town area of Orono.



Traditional Neighborhood Development

Pushaw Lake Phosphorus Trend

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

Comprehensive Plan Committee

Members of the committee are:

The members of the Planning Board, including -

Phil Ruck, Chair
Vinal Applebee, Vice Chair
Mark Kittridge
Judson McIntosh
Christa Schwintzer
David Thompson
John Beckett
Johanna Anderson

Plus the following appointees -

Dennis Cross
Farahad Dastoor
Sharon Quinn Fitzgerald
Abe Furth
John Jemison
Dan McConville
Ryan Tipping-Spitz