At its annual meeting on May 17, the Maine Association of Planners honored Jean Libby as Maine’s Citizen Planner of the Year, in recognition of her tireless service to the New Gloucester community. Fittingly, Libby was presented with the award and plaque at a meeting of the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee, on which she serves.
The citation for Libby’s award reads as follows: “This award is given to a citizen in recognition of time and dedication that increased understanding of planning principles, planning process, and organization’s goals and that promoted the cause and advanced the merits of planning. Jean’s work exemplifies these practices. Jean has served on many town boards and committees including: New Gloucester Capital Improvement Committee (27 years); Planning Board (22 years); Land Management Planning Committee (20 years), Comprehensive Plan Update Committee, and the Budget Committee.”
Libby’s award citation continues: “Jean received widespread praise from nominators for her dedication to local planning exemplified by her willingness to serve on and lead multiple committees. Jean sees the value in long range planning, taking on critical if unheralded labors such as planning capital expenditures to maintain infrastructure and writing ordinances to maintain a historic overlay district.”
The Maine Association of Planners is a nonprofit organization of over 100 members, dedicated to enhancing the practice of planning in Maine.
Jean Libby displays her award as Citizen Planner of the Year – photo credit Debra Smith