Review of Subdivision Rules
Last Updated: May 14, 2018
The Maine Land Use Planning Commission has a process underway for reviewing and possibly revising parts of its rules governing residential subdivision development. As part of this process, the Commission has been gathering advice and suggestions from property owners, individual stakeholders, businesses and other organizations familiar with the development process in the LUPC service area.
As a first step, the Commission conducted a survey of a small group of stakeholders in April of 2014, to get a sense for the types of issues that might come up in the review. We posted an online survey in September of that year to reach out to a much larger group of stakeholders for advice and suggestions about how the Commission's subdivision rules can be improved. In addition, the Commission held a workshop in October of 2014 with a panel of experts to discuss what makes for good subdivision rules. Issues that were identified in the surveys and the workshop were incorporated into a Master Issues List; a link to the List is included in the Resources, Meeting One, links below.
In follow-up to the surveys and workshop, the Commission held a series of stakeholder meetings to further develop the issues list, prioritize issues that have been identified, and discuss ways the rules could be revised to address these issues. The last scheduled meeting for stakeholders, Meeting Four, was held on April 1, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer. Also, the Commission met with several stakeholder focus groups in December of 2015 and January of 2016 to discuss concepts for subdivision objectives, layouts, and standards. Background information, meeting reports, and Commission items are included in the Resources links below.
In February of 2016, the Commission decided to broaden the scope of the discussion and develop a refined interpretation of adjacency for all types of development. Adjacency, or the adjacency principle, is a tool the Commission uses to guide the location of new development. During the time that the Commission was actively working on location issues, staff was working in the background to further develop subdivision layout and design concepts, collaborating with individuals and small groups in developing the standards, including meeting with subdivision design professionals with experience in the Commission’s service area and across the State.
Based on research and the input received, Staff has developed draft concepts for revised subdivision layout and design standards to further the discussion. Ultimately, the concepts will be translated to draft language for a rulemaking proceeding to replace the Commission’s current subdivision layout and design standards. An electronic copy of the conceptual subdivision standards is available for review in the Resources, Policy Issues links below.
At this time, the Commission is requesting preliminary comments on the conceptual subdivision standards. Please submit any comments that you have on the concepts to Stacie Beyer by May 30, 2018. After consideration of comments and revising the draft in response, Staff plans to present the conceptual standards to the Commission at its June 20th business meeting. We do not anticipate having an opportunity for oral public comment on the conceptual subdivision standards at the June meeting. However, we anticipate informal meetings to discuss draft rule revisions in July and a public hearing on the proposed changes in September.
Additional feedback opportunities will be announced on this webpage and through the GovDelivery system as materials are further developed in the subdivision rule review process. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Stacie Beyer at (207) 557-2535.
Contact Information: Stacie Beyer, Chief Planner Land Use Planning Commission, 22 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333 Stacie.R.Beyer@maine.gov