GIS Mapping Support to CGP&Z

Prospective Zoning proposals

Floating Zoning proposals

Instructions for Using the Online GIS Maps

GIS Defined

WCCOG-UMM GIS partnership

GIS Mapping Projects Supporting CGP&Z

GIS Data Issues and Limitations

Prospective Zoning Proposals

The CGP&Z process generated prospective zoning proposals only for Grand Lake Stream Plantation and for Baring Plantation. Maps of those proposals are available in static PDF format (click names in previous sentence to download prints on an 8.5 by 11 sheet) and using online GIS maps (linked below for all UTs and Plantations).


Floating Zoning Proposals

A Development—Rural Business (D-RB) floating zone is proposed in Baring Plantation and the townships of Brookton, Cathance, Edmunds, Marion, and Trescott. 

NOTE that the maps are created for illustration purposes. The final determination for where and whether a D-RB floating zone will be allowed will be determined by written rules to be prepared, reviewed and adopted by the LUPC.

D-RB Written Rules Guidance

The assumptions that will be incorporated into the written rules describing where the floating zones will be allowed are provided below:

  1. Floating zone is called Development – Rural Business (D-RB)
    D-RB Use Categories Table
  2. D-RB has 3 Use Categories as described in the table at right
  3. A Development – Recreational Service Business floating zone was discussed earlier in the process; depending on the type of operation these businesses would likely be allowed in either Category 1 or Category 2 of the D-RB thus no separate floating zone is proposed for recreational service businesses.
  4. D-RB applies on major public roads within each of the 6 Plantation/UTs
  5. D-RB applies where parcels have road frontage

D-RB Maps (for illustration purposes)

Note that the maps depict the likely D-RB Floating Zone-Applicable Areas recognizing that the D-RB floating zone does not “land” and become a D-RB until and unless a landowner applies for and obtains a zone change for a particular permit (see handout describing floating zones for more detail on how they work).

  1. D-RB has 3 Use Categories as shown in the Table above; they are mapped in the pink bands to depict where each can “land” as follows:
  1. Several areas were removed from the map under the following assumptions:


Public comment to date has expressed concern about the extent of the areas where the floating zone can “land” as well as how such new development would impact existing conditions.

See Chapter 5 Consensus on the Plan Documents page — specifically sections on Floating Zone Constraints and Feedback and Summary of Floating Zone Rule Change Recommendations for the recommendations proposed to mitigate the impacts of the floating zones as they are requested.

Links to downloadable PDF (8.5 by 11) pages of the Floating Zone-Applicable areas

Baring Plantation (detail)

Baring Plantation (whole Plantation)

Brookton Township

Cathance Township

Edmunds Township

Marion Township

Trescott Township


Links to Online GIS Maps for Current, Prospective and Floating Zoning layers:
Baring Plantation

Brookton Twp
Cathance Twp
Edmunds Twp
Grand Lake Stream
Marion Twp
Trescott Twp


Instructions for Using Online GIS Maps

Follow this link for detailed instructions for using the online Planners Maps. They were prepared for the online Planners maps available for organized towns but are essentially the same as for the Plantations and UTs in Washington County.

Here is QUICK START GUIDE to get you started:

  1. The online maps have a lot of information.  Therefore use the fastest broadband connection you can access. Even so give the layers time to load.
  2. The online maps load to a default extent that shows the entire Plantation or UT with the Legend at the upper left. To get to your point of interest:

GIS Defined

GIS, or Geographical Information System, is a computer mapping system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of spatial or geographical data. A geographic information system (GIS) lets us visualize, question, analyze, and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns, and trends. GIS applications are tools that allow users to create interactive queries (user-created searches), analyze spatial information, edit data in maps, and present the results of all these operations on one or more maps. This enables people to more easily see, analyze, and understand patterns and relationships.

WCCOG-UMM GIS partnershipGIS UMM Logo

WCCOG has a 10-year on-going partnership with GIS Service Center Director Dr. Tora Johnson and her students in the GIS Program at the University of Maine at Machias (UMM). Students are working on GIS Degree, Certificate and Associates in Science programs. Their course work directly supports many municipal and regional projects in Washington County including the Community Guided Planning and Zoning process.
Student supported mapping continues a long-standing partnership between WCCOG and the UMM GIS Service Center. It provides students with direct real-world application of their skills which helps them find employment upon graduation. It also provides extraordinary mapping and analysis services to Washington County communities at little or no cost. The courses contributing to the CGP&Z effort include:
The mapping projects completed by UMM students will provide geospatial information to help the Planning Committee in their deliberations. Interim Supervisor of the Washington County UT, Heron Weston, is a graduate of the UMM GIS Certificate Program and is also assisting with GIS mapping.

GIS Mapping Projects Supporting CGP&Z

For organizational purposes, the Washington County Unorganized Territories (WCUT) were broken down into the following regions:  Northern, Lakes, Western and Coastal.Coastal Region Base Map
Style guides were created for all mapping projects to ensure all project contributors use a consistent base map. This ensures that final mapping products will have consistent naming and symbols for roads, water bodies, municipal divisions, and ownership; as well as consistent color and shading protocols for areas within the planning region; and a consistent mapping extent for all individual UT townships when users wish to zoom into areas for different purposes. For example when the planning committee wishes to examine different issues in Trescott Township, individual township maps are bookmarked so that for any subject of interest, eg. forestry, fisheries, or recreation, the area shown for Trescott is always the same extent and dimension.
For each region, maps were created in both paper and digital formats. The paper maps for the 4 regions are printed on 11”x17” sheets and those for individual townships are printed on 8.5” by 11”. The digital copies have the same coverage and topics and are in a portable document format (.pdf). All maps were assembled using a common template, designed with input from WCCOG, to insure uniformity.
The GIS mapping projects created in the Fall of 2015 include:

GIS Data Issues and Limitations

In general throughout the WCUT the available data sets can be incomplete, do not align with one another spatially, and are often inconsistent with one another.
Roads — required use of 3 different layers of road information (MEPUB; County Roads; e911) to depict the roads in the WCUT.
Tree Growth Tax Parcels — data available from Maine Revenue Services but delivered in PDF format — had to convert to spreadsheets; several data manipulations to “clean” the data (Washington County on several thousand lines); Town-Parcel-Lot (TPL) field had to be separated and concatanated to link TGT information to the MEGIS parcels data; also parcels not available for the WC Plantations from MEGIS
Conserved lands: includes state lands (parks, public reserve lots and state parkland), federal lands, land trust lands and conservation easements):
The grossly inaccurate lining up of conservation lands with parcels resulted in a choice that the final product is a map of both Conserved Lands layer with the MEGIS parcel layer faintly in the background.
Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified Lands
Current zoning (ZONES_POLY from MEGIS)
Watersheds and Fisheries
If you are interested in serving on any of the Committees or in receiving updates on the Stakeholders list please contact the Interim Supervisor of the Washington County UT Dean Preston (207-255-8919) or Judy East (207-454-0465)
For more information, contact Judy East at 454-0465