The Planning and Economic Development Office provides Orono with comprehensive land-use planning services and advises the Planning Board and Town Council on all development matters. We welcome the opportunity to help applicants and citizens understand requirements for moving through local subdivision and site plan reviews.
The Office routinely looks for opportunities for economic development and redevelopment; to maintain the rural character of outlying parts of Town; and to protect the environmental quality of the community. It works with the University of Maine, the Orono Village Association, the Orono Economic Development Corporation, and others to create an environment in which the University, Downtown, and businesses can grow.
The Comprehensive Plan Committee on June 5, 2014, recommended its updated Comprehensive Plan to the Town Council. Look here for a complete draft of the plan, including background chapters and maps and proposed policies and actions. The Town Council will review and act on the plan over coming months. Public comments are welcome at any time.