Community Outreach: Meetings and Survey
There are several opportunities for residents and landowner in the Washington County UT to provide input to the Community Guided Planning and Zoning (CGP&Z) process.
The map at right depicts the places where (first round) meeting attendees live and where they work. Click on the image to download a PDF that provides the map in a larger size.
A Letter to Residents and Property Owners of the Washington County UT - mailed on September 18, 2015 to 2003 unique addresses in the Maine Revenue Services (MRS) property tax database. NOTE MRS database does not include Plantations.
Thursday, October 15: Alexander Fire Department, 50 Cooper Road, Alexander (Meeting notes)
Tuesday, October 20: Dennysville/Edmonds Snowmobile Club Building 24 Milwaukee Rd (just off Rt. 86) Dennysville (Meeting Notes)
Thursday, October 22: Brookton Community Center, Route 1, Brookton (Meeting Notes)
The Letter to Residents and Property Owners of the Washington County UT invited residents and property owners to attend any or all of three public meetings (listed above) or to provide input by an online survey.
The Letter to Residents and Property Owners of Baring and Grand Lake Stream Plantations was sent in February, 2016. It brings the Plantations into this process — with thanks to the Washington County Commissioners for financially supporting that inclusion!
Please note the survey was open for public input from October of 2015 through January of 2017 and is now closed for analysis of all input.
All survey input is summarized in Chapter 2 Collaboration and all written comments are compiled in Appendix “X” posted on the Plan Outline page.
As described in the Process Document there will be a 2nd round of public meetings in the Summer of 2016. All will be widely publicized as follows:
- A Postcard announcing these meetings was mailed to all property owners (2364 addresses) in the UT and Plantations in early July.
- A poster announcing the first meeting in Grand Lake Stream was provided to Louis Cataldo on the same date.
- Advertisements announcing the public meetings are scheduled for release in the Quoddy Tides on July 22, August 26 and September 9 and in the Calais Advertiser on July 13, July 27, August 24 and September 14.
This second round of public meetings will provide an opportunity for residents and property owners to see current zoning in their communities, hear descriptions of potential new zones, and provide an opportunity to create a vision for future growth. Meeting minutes for each meeting will be posted as they occur.
All public meetings will be held from 6PM-8PM (download meeting handouts below)
Wednesday July 20th — Town Office — James Brite School 15 Water St. Grand Lake Stream — Grand Lake Stream prospective zoning focus Meeting Minutes
Thursday July 28: Dennysville/Edmonds Snowmobile/ATV Club 24 Milwaukee Rd (just off Rt. 86) Dennysville — Marion/Cathance prospective zoning focus Meeting Minutes
Monday August 29: Woodie Wheaton Land Trust, 2 Grove Road, Forest City — Forest City, Lambert Lake, Brookton, Big Lake prospective zoning focus Meeting Minutes
Wednesday August 31: Dennysville/Edmunds Snowmobile/ATV Club (see address above) — Edmunds prospective zoning focus Meeting Minutes
Tuesday September 20: Whiting Community Center, Route 1, Whiting — Trescott prospective zoning focus Meeting Minutes
Tuesday September 27: Baring Baptist Church, 47 Front Street Baring — Baring Plantation prospective zoning focus Meeting Minutes
Handouts for Summer-Fall 2016 Public Meetings
- Summary of Existing Zones (Management and Development) in Washington County
- A “floating” zone vs. a conventional/traditional zone provided at 1st 4 public meetings
- What is a floating zone (revised 9-20-2016)
- Vision Questions
- Revised Powerpoint presentation from last 2 meetings (6.2MB)
Trescott residents held a meeting on Oct 5th to come up with zoning change ideas and invited more people than were present in Whiting on Sept 20. They then invited Judy East to attend another meeting on Oct 11, again with the intent of bringing more people into the conversation and to come up with zone change ideas. The DRAFT (10-14-2016) Minutes of Both meetings are combined in one file here.
Wednesday November 2, 2016 Grand Lake Stream 5:30-7:30 PM Meeting Minutes
Wednesday November 9th, 2016 Cobscook Community Learning Center 6PM Invitation from resident-initiated group
The final recommendations, draft maps and documents were delayed due to some unforeseen medical issues and compressed work demands. The Planning Committee will be meeting in February of 2017 and the final public meeting is anticipated in March or April of 2017.
Once finalized the recommendations for any prospective zoning will be presented tot he County Commissioners and then also forwarded to the Land Use Planning Commission. Both of these meetings will be open to the public and will provide for input from the public.
Notices for all of these opportunities for public input will be posted here and over the Constant Contact e-mail list.
Contact Judy East at 454-0465 to join the e-mail list to receive updates as materials is added to the web site and meetings are scheduled.
If you reach the voice mail please include your name, your e-mail address and your affiliation, eg. Township [ ] resident, land manager, small business owner, forester, fisherman, etc.