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:

Draft Documents

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