2017-18 Columbia Falls Comprehensive Plan Update Meetings
Regular meetings are held from 6:00-7:30 PM; 3rd Wednesday of every month at the Columbia Falls Town Office. The chart below shows meeting dates and anticipated meeting review topics (subject to change).
Meeting Review Topic Date (6-7:30PM)
Kick off Meeting; Draft Survey — April 19, 2017
Process/Budget - May 17
2002 Policy Review; Cultural/Historic — June 21
Public Facilities & Recreation — July 19
Survey Results; Vision meeting prep; public recreation; regional coordination — August 16
Vision Meeting — September 20 (7:00-8:30PM at Union Hall)
Vision meeting results; Policies and Recommendations — October 18
Fiscal Capacity; Population — November 15
Employment and Economy; Housing — January 17, 2018
Natural Resources; Transportation — February 21
Budget Meeting w/Selectboard — March 21
Land Use— April 18
Land Use — May 16
Policies and Recommendations — June 20
Final Chapter Review — July 18
Document Coordination and Submission — August 2018
State & Public Review — September - November
Public Meeting & Vote — March 2018?
Columbia Falls' current Comprehensive Plan was written in 2002. Since then, much has changed and a great deal more information is available about Columbia Falls. This includes the 2010 Census, the 2015 American Community Survey, a record of civic investments, new and different businesses, and all kinds of digital (no longer just paper) maps of natural resources.
The Comprehensive Plan Update pulls together information on a wide-range of community issues to assess trends and establish town policies.
There is volunteer committee appointed by the Select Board who will actively meet over the course of the next 12 — 18 months.
Ways in which Columbia Falls Community Members Can be Involved
Community members are invited to participate in the Comprehensive Plan Update process. This supported in the following ways:
- A town-wide survey, open for input through June 9, 2017 to seek input on Comprehensive Plan issues.
- Not everyone can go online — so paper copies will be available at the Town Office.
- Survey questions will also be asked using audience polling devices at a Vision meeting (to be scheduled) at the Town Hall.
- The activities and draft documents of the Comprehensive Plan Committee are posted here as they are drafted, and public comments are welcome!
- Contact any of the Planning Committee members, join the committee, attend a meeting or call staff for the project: Crystal Hitchings, 5467-3600.
The Comprehensive Plan draft chapters will be posted below as they are developed and reviewed by the Comprehensive Plan Committee.
|Chapters||Latest Draft Date|
|Cover and Table of Contents|
|Chapter A. Executive Summary, Community Vision and Public Participation|
|Chapter B. Historical and Archeological Resources|
|Chapter C. Population|
|Chapter D. Natural Resources|
|Chapter E. Employment and Economy|
|Chapter F. Housing|
|Chapter G. Recreation Resources|
|Chapter H. Transportation|
|Chapter I. Public Facilities and Services|
|Chapter J. Fiscal Capacity|
|Chapter K. Land Use|
|Chapter L. Regional Coordination||July 2017|
|Chapter M. Comprehensive Plan Policies and Implementation Strategies|
|Chapter N. Public Opinion Survey|
State Review Questions
|Map 1. Location of Columbia Falls in Washington County|
|Map 2. Treasures of Columbia Falls|
|Map 3. Columbia Falls Public Facilities and Services|
|Map 4. Topography, Steep Slopes & Floodplains|
|Map 5. Soils Classifications|
|Map 6. Water Resources and Public Accesses|
|Map 7. Land Cover|
|Map 8. Critical Resources|
|Map 9. Marine Resources Transportation|
|Map 10. Transportation|
|Map 11. Regional Transportation Linkages|
|Map 12. Existing Zoning|
|Map 13. Future Land Use|
|Appendix A. Public Opinion Survey and Written Comments|
|Appendix B. Growth Management Strategies from 2002 Comprehensive Plan|
|Appendix C. State Policies|
|Appendix D. Evaluation Measures|
|Appendix E. Maine's Growth Management Legislation|