Municipal Planning Assistance Program
Comprehensive Planning Data Sets (a.k.a. Resource Packages)
Upon request from a town's comprehensive planning committee, we will collect and share certain state agency data that are appropriate and useful to towns undertaking a local comprehensive planning effort. Because we collect this information from a variety of state agencies and do so only twice a year, towns should be certain to get on our resource package list in advance of needing the data. If your community is interested please contact a member of our team.
The Municipal Planning Assistance Program has compiled hundreds of resource packages for communities. See a list of communities that have received MPAP resource packages and when their packages were last provided.
Contact Phil Carey for information on Comprehensive Planning Data Sets.
Data needed for all municipalities (.zip 92MB)
Specific municipal data (.zip files vary from 17MB to 60MB)
Ashland | Auburn | Bailyville | Boothbay | Bradford | Bridgton | Corinna | Fairfield | Frenchville | Frye Island | Gardiner | Guilford | Hebron | Indian Township | Kingfield | Madawaska | Madison | Monroe | Morrill | New Vinyard | Newfield | Owls Head | Parkman | Portage Lake | Princeton | Richmond | Somerville | St. Agatha | Thomaston | Wells
Additional Planning Data
Demographic and Economic Information
Maine has 22 cities, 433 towns, 34 plantations, 3 Indian reservations and 423 unorganized townships.
State of the Cities Data Systems - Provides a wide variety of demographic and economic data, including building permit and public finance data for individual Metropolitan Areas, Central Cities, and Suburbs. (US Department of Housing and Urban Development)
Geographic-Based Information (Geographic Information Systems)
Maine GIS Internet Mapping - Free public access to internet mapping applications hosted by the Maine Office of GIS.
Maine GIS Data Catalogue - Catalogue of available digital geographic data from the Maine Office of GIS.
Beginning with Habitat - The Beginning with Habitat initiative can create a series of maps showing the locations of valuable plant and animal habitats in your town.
Maine DEP mapping website - excellent data available to both GIS and Google Earth users.
Historic U.S. Geological Survey Maps of Maine (University of New Hampshire Documents Department and Data Center)
Resources for Reducing Water Pollution
Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection has produced numerous guides and handbooks for homeowners, commercial business owners, camp road associations, and anyone else wishing to reduce pollution in our waterbodies. The DEP has compiled many of these handbooks, for easy access, on their Manuals and Guides to Reduce Water Pollution webpage. The page includes a description of each publication, a small color photo of each publication cover, contact information, and links to electronic versions, if available.
State Review Consistency Status
In accordance with state statute (Title 30-A, §4347-A), DACF reviews comprehensive plans and growth management programs for consistency with the goals and guidelines of the Act. Municipalities voluntarily submit their comprehensive plans and growth management programs to DACF for review. As the lead agency, DACF coordinates its findings with the input of 10 other state agencies. Each agency, including DACF, reviews the comprehensive plan or growth management program for consistency with appropriate state and federal rules and regulations, as well as agency policies and programs. (DACF relies on the Comprehensive Plan Review Criteria Rule, Chapter 208 to guide the consistency review findings.)