Category Archives: Comprehensive Plan Update

Comprehensive Plan Survey Still Open; Comp Plan Update Committee Cheers for Jean Libby, Discusses Town Infrastructure, Staffing

This is the last call to complete the survey for the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee.  At the committee’s May 23 meeting, Scott Hastings, Town Planner, told the committee that they had 160 responses so far.  Please take the time to fill out the survey here. Hastings has also had input from New Gloucester high school students from a listening event he led with 134 participants.  The committee also held an open house on May 9 at the Meetinghouse and gathered input from a few residents who dropped by.  Hastings will report the survey results to the committee at their June 13 meeting. 

At the May 23 meeting, Scott presented Jean Libby, committee member, with a plaque and certificate from the Maine Association of Planners.  Libby was selected as the “Citizen Planner of the Year for the State of Maine.”  Hastings proudly commented to Jean: “Several citizens submitted a very strong application for you, along with several support letters.”  Jean was visibly taken back by the award and was very humble in saying, “I’m just a cog in the wheel.”  Her fellow committee members celebrated her recognition and heartily congratulated her. 

The meeting got underway with a review discussion of the town’s utility infrastructure since several committee members were away when the topic was addressed at a previous meeting.  Discussion centered on broadband availability.  Committee member Terry DeWan asked, “How does internet and broadband fit into the Comprehensive Plan?”  Hastings explained that it helps with planning business zones and supports business growth with in-home businesses.

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Comprehensive Plan Survey and Open House

Just a quick reminder that the Comprehensive Plan Committee needs your input.Click here to take our survey online!  It should only take a few minutes and the more people that fill it out the better our plan will be.  If you prefer a paper version of the survey they are available at town hall. If you have already taken it please spread the word!

We are also having an open house this week where you can come in and talk with us about the work we’ve been doing. Come by the meetinghouse anytime tomorrow (Thursday, 8:30am to 8pm) or Friday during town hall’s normal work hours (8:30am-2pm).

Thursday night from 6pm to 8pm members of the update committee will be there.  Come by to meet them, talk about your concerns, and eat pizza!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or other input you have to give.  


Thank you!
Scott

Scott Hastings, Town Planner
Town of New Gloucester
385 Intervale Road
New Gloucester, ME  04260
207-926-4126, Ext. 4
shastings@newgloucester.com

Comprehensive Plan Update Committee Looking for YOUR Input

Calling all NG Residents – Now it’s your turn to give input to the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee.  After more than a year of research, meetings, and discussion, the committee is moving to the second, outreach phase of their work.  They used an on-line survey in fall 2018.  Scott Hastings, Town Planner, describes the 2019 process as a two-element outreach effort:

  1. A survey will be available online and in hard copy from April 22 through May 10.  Informational mailers will be sent to all residents by April 27.   The online survey can be accessed here.
  2. In-person interactive input with Hastings and Committee members:
    • May 1 with students at GNG High School. 
    • May 6 at Town Meeting, Memorial School Gym
    • May 7 through 10, Hastings will be available at the Meetinghouse to discuss the Plan.  The evening of May 9, some committee members will join him for an informal open house where you can find out more about the Comprehensive Plan.   

Check the NG town website and the informational mailer for more details. 

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Comprehensive Plan Update Committee Discusses Services, Fiscal Capacity, and Next Steps

At the March 28 meeting of the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee, the topic of town services and fiscal capacity was reviewed.  Scott Hastings, Town Planner, introduced the topic and explained how the Comprehensive Plan helps direct growth and development in New Gloucester by determining where utilities and other infrastructure services are located.  He provided background materials for committee members.

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New Gloucester Comprehensive Plan Update Committee on Track, Seeks Community Input

New Gloucester resident Anne Maurice recently sat down with Town Planner Scott Hastings to discuss the town’s ongoing Comprehensive Plan Update, why it matters, and how citizens can get involved.  Here’s Anne’s report. – eds.

Back in January of 2018, the New Gloucester (NG) Plan Update Committee was seated.  Since then, they have been working through the Comprehensive Plan process with the guidance of Scott Hastings, NG Town Planner.  Maine first enacted a requirement for comprehensive planning as the basis for zoning in 1943.  In 1988, Maine adopted the Comprehensive Planning and Land Use Act, building on long-established law.  The NG Comprehensive Plan was last updated in 1990; you can find it here on the Town’s website.  The town has undergone dramatic changes since then.

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Comprehensive Plan Committee Update

The Comprehensive Plan Committee will be meeting this Thursday on March 14th at 6:30pm to look at transportation!

To see the agenda, maps, and other materials that the committee will be reviewing go to the committee’s page on the town website.
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Comprehensive Plan Committee update from Scott Hastings, Town Planner

The Comprehensive Plan Committee will be meeting on February 7th at 6:30pm to look at Recreation!

To see the agenda, maps, and other materials that the committee will be reviewing go to the committee’s page on the town website.

If you have any comments, suggestions or other input about recreation in New Gloucester click here to let us know! or if you would prefer, reach out to me at town hall or via the phone number below.

We will be meeting twice in February. On 28th we will talk about economic development.  The Economic Development Committee will also be holding a second forum on Agriculture on March 4th. Keep an eye on these emails or reach out to me for more information! 

If you are interested in the committee’s meetings they are open to the public, broadcast on the local TV channel, and videos are archived on the town website.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or other input you have to give.

Thank you!
Scott

Scott Hastings, Town Planner
Town of New Gloucester
385 Intervale Road
New Gloucester, ME  04260
207-926-4126, Ext. 4
shastings@newgloucester.com

Comprehensive Plan Update Committee

 The Comprehensive Plan Update Committee is working on updating the Town’s Comprehensive Plan.   
If you want to receive regular email updates on the progress of the update committee’s work email Scott Hastings, the town planner, at shastings@newgloucester.com

Why have and update a Comprehensive Plan?
A town’s comprehensive plan takes stock of where the town is and then sets goals for where the town’s residents want it to be.  New Gloucester last updated our comprehensive plan in 1990.   A lot has changed since then.  An update lets us find out exactly what has happened in town and see how we are doing on the goals that were in that plan.
The comprehensive plan process is also a chance for all of us to get together and really talk about our town.   What do we like about New Gloucester? What might we like to change? Where do we want to be in the future?  We will talk about all of these things and create new goals as part of the updated plan.
A current comprehensive plan also has certain legal and regulatory benefits.  The state requires plans to be updated every 10 years and meet certain standards.  Plans that meet these requirements are the legal basis for enforceable municipal zoning rules.  They also qualify towns for preferred status when commenting for state grants and working with state departments.
For more information on comprehensive plans, the rules and laws governing them here in Maine, and approved plans from other municipalities go to Maine’s page on comprehensive plans.
Please contact Scott Hastings, Town Planner, with any comments or questions:
Email: shastings@newgloucester.com
Phone: (207)926-4126