Planning Webinars for Maine Communities

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

Please contact Ruta Dzenis at 207-287-2851 with questions and to find out about the availability of webinar recordings.

Upcoming Webinars:

Tools to help visualize and respond to Coastal Flooding

NEW DATE & TIME: APRIL 24, 1:00-2:30 PM

Jamie Carter, Senior Remote Sensing Analyst, The Baldwin Group, Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Lauren Long, Coastal Conservation Specialist, The Baldwin Group, Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Peter Slovinsky, Coastal Geologist, Maine Geological Survey (MGS), Bureau of Resource Information and Land Use Planning, Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Background Information

Coastal communities face a variety of threats from natural hazards and climate change. Understanding and identifying the risks and vulnerabilities from these threats can be performed using publicly available data and tools. This webinar will highlight resources that help communities visualize coastal flooding scenarios, characterize their exposure to current and future flooding, and encourage public participation in the planning process. Presenters will also describe green infrastructure approaches that help reduce flood hazard impacts, and will discuss associated costs and benefits. Data, tools, and other resources from NOAA’s website the Digital Coast will be presented, and participants will have ample opportunity to engage the speakers.

In this webinar, participants will:
•   Learn how to access and navigate NOAA’s Digital Coast
•   Explore the Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer
•   Explore the Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper
•   Discover green infrastructure costs and benefits

Presentation: 60 minutes
Discussion:   30 minutes

Pre-registration is required.

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Past Webinars


Low Impact Development - It Works Better and Can Cost Less

November 1, 2011

Presented by LaMarr Clannon, Non-Point Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO)

Presentation: NEMO Low Impact Development slide presentation

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.


Developing Resilient Local Communities in a Changing Climate

December 15, 2010

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

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 2009 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, in 2010, 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.

For More Information Visit: Maine Coastal Program's Coastal Erosion and Sea Level Rise webpage


Optional Shoreland Zoning Standards for Areas Adjacent to Great Ponds

November 19, 2010

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

Supporting documents:
Optional Shoreland Zoning Standards For Areas Adjacent to Great Ponds Handout

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.


Adaptation to Sea Level Rise in Saco Bay

June 17, 2010

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 (best viewed with Windows Media Player)

Supporting documents:

For More Information Visit: MPAP's Climate Variability webpage.


Place-Based Maine & Form-Based Codes for Planners

May 27, 2010

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

Presentation: Place-based Maine & Form-Based Codes for Planners

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


Place-based Maine & Form-Based Codes: An Introduction to Form Based Codes

April 22, 2010

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

Place-Based Maine & Form-Based Codes (best viewed with Windows Media Player - presentation begins at 00:01:45)

Supporting documents:

Place-Based Maine & Form-Based Codes slide presentation

For More Information Visit: MPAP's Form-Based Codes webpage