Prospective Zoning Plan for the Rangeley Lakes Region

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Revised February 21, 2023

As the result of a five-year planning process, the Prospective Zoning Plan for the Rangeley Lakes Region (the Plan or PZP) became effective on January 1, 2001. That plan and the companion rule revisions achieved several outcomes:

  • pre-identified areas within 10 minor civil divisions where the community intended to focus development;
  • Applied additional rezoning standards to allow the plan to work; and
  • Created additional development criteria for vegetative buffers, lighting, and dimensional requirements.

In 2022, the Commission reviewed development trends within the Plan Area and assessed how the plan has performed. Through the summer and fall of 2022, the Commission sought public comments on the report and feedback on next steps from the community. A summary report of the feedback received and recommendations for next steps were presented at the February 8, 2023, Commission meeting. The table below includes key documents and information about the review process.

Click Here for a 2-page Summary of the Report

The Commission invites all comments and conclusions about the 2001 Prospective Zoning Plan for the Rangeley Lakes Region or the 2022 LUPC Evaluation and Progress Report. We also welcome your thoughts about potential next steps regarding the PZP, including whether there is community interest in updating the Plan.

If you would like to discuss this project or offer comments, you can contact Tim Beaucage by e-mail:, by phone at (207) 931-6974, or by sending your comments to: Rangeley Prospective Zoning Plan Land Use Planning Commission, 22 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333

You may also submit comments using the Comment Form.

Date Project Update or Event Additional Information
February 2023 Outreach Report
June 2022 Additional Public Review Materials
May 2022 20-Year Progress Report
2014 15-Year Progress Report
2009 10-Year Progress Report
2004 5-Year Progress Report
January 1, 2001 Plan and Rule Revisions become Effective

2001 Prospective Zoning Plan for the Rangeley Lakes Region

An Amendment to the Maine Land Use Planning Commission's Comprehensive Land Use Plan

Adopted: November 1, 2000

Effective Date: January 1, 2001

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The following documents are available for downloading in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). If you cannot open these files, go to to download free Adobe Reader® software for viewing and printing PDF files.

All of the Commission's reference materials and other publications are also available by postal mail from our office in Augusta or from any of the Commission's regional offices.

Download the entire plan (PDF, 2.8 MB)


    Introduction (PDF 148KB)
  • Rangeley Region First
  • Prospective Zones Are Different
  • Benefits
  • Rangeley Region Study Area
  • Public Involvement
    The Rangeley Region (PDF 473 KB)
  • Regional Setting
  • High Value Resources
  • Year-round Population
  • Seasonal Population
  • Trend Toward Permanent Construction
  • Development Patterns
  • Land Consumption
  • Land Ownership
  • Land Conservation
  • Other Initiatives
    The Plan (PDF 567KB)
  • Prospective Planning Principles
  • Regional Vision
  • New Development Zones
  • Other Potential Development Areas
  • Amount of Development Planned for 20 Years
  • Plan Implementation
    Conceptual Description of Zones (PDF 277 KB)
  • Community Center (D-GN2)
  • Rural Settlement (D-GN3)
  • Extended Settlement (D-ES)
  • Community Residential (D-RS2)
  • Residential Recreation (D-RS3)
  • Semi-Remote Lakes (P-GP2)