The Municipal Planning Assistance Program (MPAP) provides land use planning expertise for Maine citizens, municipalities, regional planning organizations, state agencies and the Legislature, and promotes growth management principles in state and local policies, programs, regulations and investments by:

 

Providing technical and financial assistance

MPAP provides technical and financial assistance including: model ordinances and other guidance documents; workshops and webinars; one-on-one technical support; planning data; training for local officials; annual grants to regional planning organizations and competitive grants for specific planning projects.

 

Coordinating with state agencies

MPAP works with agencies across state government to assure that their policies and programs align with and support state land-use policies. We accomplish this through participation on interagency working groups, grant review committees and advisory boards. Comments that we solicit as part of our review of proposed comprehensive plans also helps assure that the missions and policies of our partner agencies are appropriately reflected in local plans.

 

Implementing Maine's Growth Management Act

Through the Growth Management Act's review and certification process, MPAP guides local authorities in the development of comprehensive plans and land-use ordinances that are tailored to the needs of the individual community and consistent with state land-use policies.

 

Why your town should have a Comprehensive Plan

Learn about some key benefits your community can enjoy by adopting a comprehensive plan that is consistent with Maine's Growth Management Act, including:

  • clear vision for future growth
  • ultimate legal support for land use ordinances
  • enhanced state grant opportunities

View the Comprehensive Plan brochure (PDF)

 

Coastal Grants Available for Municipal and Regional Projects

The Municipal Planning Assistance Program and Maine Coastal Program are seeking applications for a new round of coastal grants for FY 2015 totaling $265,000.  Two types of grants are covered by this announcement:  Coastal Communities Grant, and Shore and Harbor Planning Grants.  Both types of grants are for municipal and regional projects in Maine’s Coastal Zone. 

More information and a link to the FY15 Grant Program Statement can be found on our Financial Assistance page.

 

Older "Findings of Consistency" expired at the end of 2012

A state Finding of Consistency for a local comprehensive plan is valid for twelve years. A temporary exemption for older Findings ran out on December 31, 2012. What does the expiration of a Finding of Consistency mean for your community?

View frequently asked questions (PDF)

 

Growth Management Program Evaluation

The quadrennial Growth Management Program Evaluation was presented to the Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources in 2011. The evaluation summarizes the program's history, gives the status of recommendations made in the 2007 evaluation, and assesses the current state of the program.

View the Growth Management Program Evaluation (PDF)

 

To Encourage the Preservation of Dark Skies: A Report to the Business, Research & Economic Development Committee

Viewing stars with the naked eye requires "dark skies" - night skies that are largely free of light pollution emitted by misdirected outdoor lights. Maine is one of the few places in the eastern United States that still has dark skies. This report, prepared in response to a legislative resolve calling for the preservation of this natural resource, reviews outdoor lighting standards for commercial development and offers options and recommendations for their promotion.

View the Dark Skies Preservation Report (PDF)