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).
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:
- Floating zone is called Development – Rural Business (D-RB)
- D-RB has 3 Use Categories as described in the table at right
- 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.
- D-RB applies on major public roads within each of the 6 Plantation/UTs
- 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).
- 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:
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 3
Lightest Pink in outer band (within ½ mile of the road): Category 1 only
- Several areas were removed from the map under the following assumptions:
Protection zones are excluded — note that some Protection Zones were identified many years ago; wetlands, water bodies and habitats can shift over time thus the precise extent of Protection Zones will be determined if and when any D-RB zone change and permit is requested
Conservation Lands (easement, fee ownership in conservation etc.) are excluded — note that in practice some parcels encumbered by conservation easements can have deeded rights that allow limited development. Such parcels, if they meet the eligibility requirements of the D-RB could allow a zone change and permit for a D-RB development. This situation is likely rare. However it is not possible for the written rules of the LUPC to definitively exclude a general category of “conservation land”; there are simply too many legal interpretations of what the term means. However we deliberately chose to use the capability of the GIS model to exclude the conservation areas on the maps so they would provide a realistic understanding of where future development might be allowed.
Land–locked parcels are excluded
Parcels with only secondary road frontage are excluded
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
Links to Online GIS Maps for Current, Prospective and Floating Zoning layers:Baring Plantation
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).