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Portland's Comprehensive Plan
ME Growth Mngmt Law & Cert.
A New Vision for Bayside
Art District Plan
Baxter Boulevard Plan
Brighton Avenue Traffic & Streetscape
Capisic Brook Watershed
Celebrating Community - A Cultural Plan for Portland
Congress Streetscape
Connecting Libbytown,
Trail Plan, 2009
Deering Oaks Master Plan
Downtown Height Study
Downtown Urban Design Guidelines
Downtown Vision Plan
Eastern Cemetery Master Plan
Eastern Promenade Master Plan
Eastern Waterfront Master Plan
Eastern Waterfront Building Height Study
Evergreen Cemetery Master Plan
Green Spaces/Blue Edges
Housing: Sustaining Portland's Future
Incentives for Affordable Housing
Pedestrian & Bicycle Chapter of the Portland Comprehensive Plan
Portland Peninsula Transit Study
R-5 Zoning
Shoreway Access Plan
Sustainable Portland Summary Brochure
Sustainable Portland: Report of the Mayor's Sustainable Portland Taskforce - Final Draft Report
Transforming Forest Avenue
Transportation Plan
Western Cemetery Master Plan
2003 Cost Benefit Analysis of DPW Site Final Report
Portland Wayfinding Sytem Study: Wayfinding Report, 2008
We create and implement a visionary comprehensive plan, in partnership with our residents, which provides clear guidance to the community and decision-makers.

A “Comprehensive Plan” is a long – range plan that provides a policy framework in which to guide municipal decisions. Portland has a strong history of comprehensive planning. In addition to Portland’s Comprehensive Plan, there are seven on-going long-range planning efforts focused on the waterfront, housing, neighborhood planning and transportation.

Portland’s Comprehensive Plan

Portland has conducted numerous long-range planning activities that have produced a variety of components of the Comprehensive Plan, which include functional elements, such as Housing: Sustaining Portland's Future,, and strategic or geographic area plans, such as the A New Vision for Bayside or the Eastern Waterfront Master Plan. The Peninsula Traffic Study is a pending plan under consideration as a new component of the Comprehensive Plan. The City's planning process has developed overall goals and policies, while at the same time creating specific actions, investments, initiatives, and other implementation measures to address issues and achieve community goals. Extensive public participation is incorporated into each planning process.

In 1991, Maine’s Growth Management Act was enacted, which seeks to promote comprehensive planning in all municipalities, to encourage land use regulations in accordance with local comprehensive plan and to incorporate regional considerations. The State has established ten goals that communities are expected to address in their local planning efforts. Under a grant, the City compiled the separate long range planning efforts into one document and updated information with recent data. The consolidated plan improves both access and understanding of the plan’s content. Portland’s Comprehensive Plan was found to be in compliance with the Growth Management Act by the State Planning Office in 2003.

A Future Land Use Plan is a required element of a comprehensive plan under Maine’s Growth Management Act. The objectives of Portland’s Future Land Use Plan are to support existing land use and zoning patterns of the city, encourage redevelopment and infill where appropriate, and preserve historic, natural, and scenic resources. This element of the plan is currently being considered by the Planning Board and City Council as a new element of the City’s Comprehensive Plan.