Comprehensive Plan 2018

A Comprehensive Plan is a large, in-depth document that municipalities publish for a few different reasons.  Primarily, it is a plan for the future of a Town--  where the residents envision their community five, ten, or twenty years down the line.  It takes into account current and past trends, the history of the community, and what its residents want to see changed or set in stone.  The plan shows what the community wants; Town officials need to know this information in order to do their jobs the best way possible.  A Town's best work is the work that addresses real problems identified by real townspeople, and a Comprehensive Plan can provide a great reference point for that.  Without it, the Town might be embarking upon projects that don't have community buy-in and serve minimal public interest.  And that's a natural segue to the other reason why Towns publish comprehensive plans: to get funding that carries large projects to fruition.  Many state and federal grant programs now require an up-to-date version of these plans before a Town is even considered eligible to apply.  It is these grant programs that have allowed Stonington to do the Hagan Dock project, the Moose Island Causeway, the many updates to Colwell Ramp, and so-on and so-forth.  Without a Comprehensive Plan, Stonington would no longer be able to embark upon projects of this scale.  To this end, Bob Gerber was hired by the Town to aid us with the writing and composition of our new Comprehensive Plan.  He is a native Mainer with a bachelors degree from MIT and a masters from Stanford, and helped Stonington successfully appeal the FEMA flood maps a few years ago.

The Beginning with Habitat disc, replete with "habitat data layers" of water resources, plant and animal habitats, conserved lands, and many more state data sets compiled by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, is available at the Stonington Town Hall for public viewing.  We recommend you bring a computer with ArcGIS software to get the most out of the disc.

This is the final version of the Comprehensive Plan that was up for voter approval at town meeting on Monday, March 5th, 2018:

A PowerPoint Presentation about the Comprehensive Plan presented at the Comprehensive Plan meeting on 10/25/2017.  

Here are some important links: 

Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) erosion and sediment control measures.

Maine Forest Services best management practices for forestry.

The DEP manual on best management practices for gravel road maintenance.

Maine Department of Agriculture best management practices for agriculture.