The Town will be considering a number of amendments to the Land Use Ordinance to implement the updated Comprehensive Plan. Individual amendments will be presented and considered by the Town Council in stages over a number of months. They will be posted here as they come forward for public comment.
The Town's Comprehensive Plan describes Orono -- its population, economy, housing, natural resources and services -- and its vision for the future. In 2015, the Town Council adopted an updated Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is consistent with the standards of Maine's Growth Management Act.
Orono's Land Use Ordinance is Chapter 18 of the Town's Code of Ordinances. It includes townwide zoning (Article IV), general performance standards (Article V), site plan review (Article VI), subdivision review (Article VII), floodplain management (Article VIII), and shoreland zoning (Article IX).
Orono's Zoning Map was last amended by the Town Council effective December 13, 2010.
Orono is a member of the Bangor Area Comprehensive Transportation System (BACTS), which sets priorities for transportation improvements in the Bangor Metro area.
Orono was one of 12 communities in the Penobscot Valley to work with the Trust for Public Lands on a regional open space plan. TPL used its "greenprinting" system -- a combination of citizen participation, scientific analysis, and a geographic information system -- to prepare the plan, The Penobscot Valley Community Greenprint , and a related, interactive web map.