How To Prepare a Land Use Ordinance;
A Manual for Local Officials (MS Word) or
(PDF) This manual is for local officials,
planning committees and others in small to mid-size communities who are interested in preparing a local
ordinance. It contains the basic information needed to draft a land use ordinance, which legally regulates
how people can use their land. This manual also contains practical suggestions for encouraging future growth
in growth areas, and discouraging incompatible development in rural areas.
Scenic Assessment Handbook (PDF) A 'how-to' guide for using the Department of Agriculture, Conservation
& Forestry's scenic inventory methodology. Use it to identify, evaluate, and document scenic resources
and to identify scenic viewpoints of state or national significance for purposes of the state Wind Power Law
(Title 35-A, Ch. 34-A). It is designed to supplement the Maine Department of Economic and Community
Development's initial handbookHow to Conduct an Inventory of Scenic Areas.
Comprehensive Planning: A Manual for Maine Communities 2005
Edition(PDF low resolution) or (PDF high resolution) This
manual is written for citizen planners - the members of comprehensive planning committees, select boards
and planning boards charged with preparing a comprehensive plan - and the many parties of interest who may
be participating or advising in the planning process. It is part 'how-to,' part suggestions for policy, and
part tool box. While the manual presents a complete picture of a comprehensive plan, each of its 19 chapters
addresses a different requirement of the Growth Management Act so that different members or subcommittees of
a planning or advisory committee can concentrate on one chapter at a time.
Density - A Visualization Tool (PowerPoint) The Municipal
Planning Assistance Program has created a brief PowerPoint presentation using Maine-based examples of
different housing densities to help town planners, planning boards, and others understand what different
densities look like on the ground.
The Great American Neighborhood -
A Guide to Livable Design (PDF) This guide provides residential developers, homebuilders, and town
officials with a set of principles and design ideas that can be used to create the livable, quality
neighborhoods that homebuyers are looking for. When adapted to fit specific sites and projects, these
principles can help developers respond to these market preferences, stem sprawl, and direct growth to
selected 'growth areas' within the community.
Across the nation developers are tapping these markets and building new neighborhoods based on the time
tested design concepts illustrated in this Guide. The results have been referred to as 'traditional
neighborhood design' (TND), ' new urbanism,' 'neo traditional design,' or 'the Great American
Community Visioning Handbook: How to Imagine - and Create - A Better Future
(PDF) Before there can be a meaningful comprehensive plan, the residents must agree on a mental picture
of what they want the community to look like, feel like, and be like. They must imagine what people walking
along Main Street should experience; imagine the businesses, sidewalks, roads and bike trails; picture the
fields, forests, parks and nature preserves; and identify the best places for new houses and what those
houses might look like. This mental picture is a "vision." Part I of this handbook describes what a
community vision is, Part II provides a step-by-step guide to creating a community vision, and Part III
gives an example of a vision from one Maine community.