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).
NOTE — there are 3 items on the Baring Prospective Zoning map that need additional input from residents and property owners in Baring. These items will be discussed at the final public meeting to be scheduled in mid-late April. Input on these decisions will also be sought using 3-5 questions via Survey Monkey. Notice of the meeting and survey will be provided on the UT Facebook page, the stakeholders e-mail list and in local media.
There are DRAFT floating zone proposals in Baring Plantation and the townships of Brookton, Cathance, Edmunds, Marion, and Trescott; these are visible in the online maps linked below.
Floating zones were created under the following set of assumptions:
- Map title is DRAFT 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).
- Floating zone is called Development – Rural Business (D-RB)
- D-RB includes the Development – Recreational Service Business floating zone that was discussed earlier in the process; these businesses would be allowed within Category 1 of the D-RB
- D-RB applies on major public roads within each of the 6 Plantation/UTs
- D-RB has 3 Use Categories as shown on Table below; they are mapped in the pink bands to depict where each can “land” as follows:
Darkest Pink (within 1/8 of a mile of the road): Categories 1,2 or 3
Lighter Pink in middle band (within ¼ of a mile of the road): Categories 1 or 2
Lightest Pink in outer band (within ½ mile of the road): Category 1 only
- D-RB is limited and areas were removed from the map under the following assumptions:
Protection zones are excluded
Conservation Lands (easement, fee ownership in conservation etc.) are excluded
Land–locked parcels are excluded
Parcels with only secondary road frontage are excluded
As with the Draft Prospective Zoning proposals there are several items within the Draft Floating Zone proposals that need further public input. Public comment to date has expressed concern about the extent of the areas where the floating zone can “land”. There are ways of limiting how the D-RB can be implemented by:
- Total # of permits allowed
- Total number of permits allowed over time
- # of permits over some geographic extent (lengths on or percentages of a particular road)
The final public meeting — date to be finalized; target mid-late April — will provide questions to describe these limitations and seek input from each affected Plantation or UT to be asked using audience polling devices in the final meeting and perhaps also in a Survey Monkey instrument.
Links to downloadable PDF (8.5 by 11) pages of the DRAFT Floating Zone-Applicable areas
Baring Plantation (detail)
Baring Plantation (whole Plantation)
Links to Online GIS Maps for Current, Prospective and Floating Zoning layers:
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:
- 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.
- 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:
Zoom in and out using the using the + and – buttons: map upper left corner.
Move the map around the visible screen with a click and drag motion.
Change the base map by clicking the Basemap gallery to whatever you like – aerial photo with labels helps to find your house or business.
Add layers to the map by clicking the contents tab, the middle button at the top of the left side. When you click the middle button the Header will change from Legend to Contents.
Once in the Contents section - Choose layers by checking the box next to the layer. Eg Current Zoning, Prospective Zoning, Floating Zoning.
The grey arrow to the left of any content indicates more detail within that layer; click the layer text to reveal the sub-layers within it.
- Community Applications in GIS
- Municipal Applications in GIS
- Remote Sensing and Image Analysis
- Advanced Projects in GIS
- Web–Based Maps, Applications & Services, and
- GIS Internships.
Style guide and design consultation to create standardized products including Land Use Classification standards from the American Planning Association, color visio impairment simulations using Color Oracle to accommodate deuteranopia or red-green color blindness; and variations in color hue and saturation for sequential color schemes
An overall reference map of Washington County with the 4 sub-regions highlighted.
Current UT zoning (from LUPC)
Forestry Certified Lands - A map of the parcels in the unorganized townships of Washington County owned by individuals, government agencies, organizations or companies that have met the membership and or certification requirements of either the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and/or the Forest Sustainability Council (FSC).
Conserved Lands - A map of the various conservation easements located in the unorganized townships in Washington County.
Maine Tree Growth Tax Enrollees - A map of parcels enrolled in the Maine Tree Growth Tax program. Ownership, softwood, hardwood and mixed wood acreages and valuations will be reported as well as land and building valuations.
Watersheds – A map that shows watersheds of the unorganized territories of Washington County. Rivers, streams and lakes showing the direction of water flow are depicted, along with river corridor designations with special protection zoning provided by The Nature Conservancy.
Suitability Analyses for both Development (roads, infrastructure, services, utilities, growth areas, TIF investments) and Conservation (recreation assets, critical habitat, large undeveloped blocks, conservation lands); download Dr. Tora Johnson's Powerpoint presentation (PDF format) describing the Development and Conservation Suitability Analyses here.
Freshwater Fisheries – A map created with information provided by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, with details of water body names, wetlands, protection zoning and fisheries. Fisheries included are: Atlantic Salmon Spawning and Rearing Habitat; Eastern Brook Trout Habitat; Blueback Herring Streams; Alewife Streams and Ponds; Anadromous Fish Run; Shellfish Habitat
Customized online “app” to enable the Planning Committee to draw prospective zoning districts on any base map (aerial photo in combination with mapping projects above) throughout the WCUT as they deliberate in the Spring of 2016
As designated by attendees at the Community Outreach meetings in October, 2015: a map located where they live and work in the Washington County UT.
made from an older parcels maps at a much small scale; boundaries do not match the MEGIS parcel layer; boundary confusion makes a spatial join grossly inaccurate even though the data was updated in November, 2015
Attribute table had many gaps of data in several different columns
- SFI layer (from Sewell Co.) has some parcels are listed as SFI and FSC but not those listed as only FSC;
- SFI layer had similar boundary line problems as TGT layer
- FSC website has enrollments listed by name but not by parcel; Land management companies can be FSC Certified but the properties themselves are not FSC certified; FSC data had no names; had to use the Tree Growth Tax layer to get the names and parcel information in order to depict the FSC certification
- SFI — some skepticism in the industry as to its rigor for conservation and forestry sustainability
- FSC — harder to get this certification; mostly a conservation focus and stronger set of sustainability standards
- Overlapping polygons of different zoning types; different protection zones covering the same geographic area; protection zones overlap development zones
- also duplicate polygons and slivers
- used the ARCMap intersect function to get rid of duplicates; may not have “cleaned” the data completely or with complete accuracy
- also used ARCMap to merge the slivers — worked sometimes but not entirely; some remain in the middle of nowhere; requires more in depth and detailed “cleaning”
- There is a lot of data, creating many over-lapping layers and a visually confusing map product.
- Maps need to be split by region — two per region — to make them more clear.
- Old data — some layers are from 2007.
- May be a good candidate for an online, interactive map (where overlapping layers may be turned on or off).