Planning Webinars for Maine Communities

The Municipal Planning Assistance Program has launched a program of planning webinars for Maine Communities to examine planning tools and present examples of successful programs and policies implemented locally.

Click on the appropriate link to view any of the webinars. (Note: recording of "Low Impact Development" is temporarily unavailable; recording of "Place-based Maine & Form-Based Codes for Planners" is unavailable)

Webinar Frequently Asked Questions - PDF
Webinar Attendee Quick Reference Guide - PDF

Please contact Ruta Dzenis at 207-287-2851 with questions and suggestions on future webinars.

Upcoming webcasts:

To be announced.

Past Webcasts:

November 1, 2011; Low Impact Development

Presented by LaMarr Clannon, Non-Point Education for Municipal Officials
Presentation: Low Impact Development (recording temporarily unavailable)

Background Information:
Taking action to protect clean water and cut expenses can become a win-win situation with Low Impact Development (LID) techniques such as green streets, infiltration areas, porous pavement and gravel wetlands. This webinar presents data from the University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center on the effectiveness of various treatment techniques in cold climates, and economic case studies on the use of LID techniques in watersheds, both nearby and across the nation.

December 15, 2010; Developing Resilient Local Communities in a Changing Climate.

Presented by Malcolm Burson, Associate Director, Policy Services and Climate Adaptation Program Manager, Maine Department of Environmental Protection

Presentation: Developing Resilient Local Communities in a Changing Climate - PDF

Background Information:
The webinar introduced the concept of 'resilience' as a lens for assessment and planning and was intended to allow local officials to learn more about key consequences of a changing climate that they may not have considered yet. After a brief review of current information about observed and forecast climatic changes in Maine and potential local impacts, the webinar focused on the need to assess vulnerability and develop forward-looking responses in four critical areas:

  • Public safety and emergency preparedness
  • Public infrastructure, including transportation and drinking/waste/storm water management
  • Public health
  • Local housing and development

A recent University of Maine report, Maine's Climate Future has catalogued what we already know about how climate changes are affecting all parts of our state and all sectors of our economy.The 124th Maine legislature requested and received a report, People and Nature Adapting to a Changing Climate: Charting Maine's Course, that outlines initial steps Maine should be taking to build local and state-wide capacity to respond to these changes.
Information on coastal hazards resiliency is available at Maine Coastal Program's Coastal Erosion and Sea Level Rise website.

November 19, 2010; Optional Shoreland Zoning Standards for Areas Adjacent to Great Ponds

Presented by Bill LaFlamme, Coordinator, Nonpoint Source Training and Resource Center, Division of Watershed Management, Maine DEP

Presentation: Optional Shoreland Zoning Standards for Greater Protection of Areas Adjacent to Great Ponds - (PDF 3.4MB)

Background Information: The NPS Training Center develops and implements training workshops; develops and maintains various publications and a video lending library; and acts as a clearinghouse for NPS and BMP information.

This Webinar provides information on what municipalities may wish to adopt to provide additional protection to Great Ponds. Unbeknownst to most municipal officials, current Shoreland Zoning requirements provide only a basic level of protection. These optional standards, many of which are based on DEP's LakeSmart program, are designed to better protect water quality by further minimizing polluted stormwater runoff. This will maintain existing recreational uses of great ponds as well as shorefront property values. The 19 standards promote the maintenance of large undisturbed buffers, the adoption of a phosphorus control ordinance, the use of non-phosphorus fertilizer, the use of erosion and sediment control practices on roads and pathways, and proper maintenance of septic systems. The webinar provides detailed information on each proposed standard and is also an opportunity to provide feedback before the standards are officially released.

Written Materials for this session:
Optional Shoreland Zoning Standards For Areas Adjacent to Great Ponds Handout

June 17, 2010; Adaptation to Sea Level Rise in Sacor Bay

Presented by Peter Slovinsky, Coastal Geologist, Maine Geological Survey and J.T. Lockman AICP, Planning Director, Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission

Presentation: Adaptation to Sea Level Rise in Saco Bay - (.wmv - best viewed with Windows Media Player)

Backgroun Information:The following materials are references in this presentation:

Additional Information:
Find out more about sea level rise at MPAP?s Climate Variability webpage

May 27, 2010; Place-based Maine & Form-Based Codes for Planners

Presented by: Alan S. Manoian, AICP, Director Planning and Community Development, Town of Bridgton, Maine

Presentation: Place-based Maine & Form-Based Codes for Planners (Recording unavailable)

Background Information:
The following materials are referenced in this presentation:

April 22, 2010; Place-based Maine & Form-Based Codes: An Introduction to Form Based Codes

Presented by: Alan S. Manoian AICP Director Planning and Community Development, Town of Bridgton, Maine

Presentation:
Place-based Maine & Form-Based Codes: An Introduction to Form Based Codes - (.wmv - best viewed with Windows Media Player). Due to a technical error, presentation is preceded by 1 minute, 45 seconds of silence.

Background Information:
The following materials are referenced in this presentation:

Formational Relationships and the Development of Great Streets -- Form-Based Codes - (PDF 11MB), Alan S. Manoian AICP

Additional information on form based codes:
Find out more about form-based codes at MPAP's Form-based Codes webpage