Building a southern Maine regional growth database – a work in progress

As part of the Sustain Southern Maine Partnership, with major assistance from the NSF-funded Maine Sustainability Solutions Initiative (MeSSI), a Muskie School-based research group has been assembling a first-time ever multi-municipality database of residential land use and zoning characteristics across much (but not yet all) of the Sustain Southern Maine region in Cumberland and York Counties.

Wednesday, December 18 at 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the USM Wishcamper Center, a knowledge-sharing session for area planners, conservationists, public health specialists and others with an interest in spatial planning for the larger region will take place.

This session will review information developed to-date on residential growth patterns forecasted to 2035, zoning across the region, the distribution of vacant land, growth implications for open space and other data. Alternative growth futures modeling with accessible CommunityViz-based tools will be demonstrated and; there will be a discussion of age-related change in the future settlement pattern of the area. This is a work-in-progress session intended for users of such information. The challenges involved and future opportunities for an ongoing regional information commons will be part of the discussion. The session will be led by Jack Kartez of the Muskie School faculty, and Eric Larsson, land use attorney and member of the research project staff. For questions please contact Jack Kartez at jackk@usm.maine.edu or 780-5389.