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Service Centers

  • DACF's Service Center webpage While Maine is a rural state, it depends on its urban service centers for its well-being. These communities vary tremendously in size and appearance, but share three attributes: a) they are job centers, b) they are retail centers, and/or c) they offer an array of social, cultural, health and financial services to the surrounding region.

Smart Growth & Sprawl

Wind Energy

  • Professional Land Use Planning Assistance
    Upon request from the municipality, your regional planning organization will provide basic technical assistance with the Maine Model Wind Energy Facility Ordinance. Regional planners are available to answer questions about the Model Ordinance and to help local officials understand how it can be adapted for use with current local ordinances. Please note that the Model Ordinance provisions for the control of noise from large wind energy facilities (Type 2 and Type 3) is directly based on Department of Environmental Protection standards and that some technical questions regarding those standards may need to be referred to that department.
  • Maine Model Wind Energy Facility Ordinance (MS Word) or (PDF)
    The Model Ordinance offers an example approach to local regulation of wind energy development and is provided for review, reference and consideration by Maine municipalities. There is no state mandate to adopt the Model Ordinance.
  • Guidebook (PDF)
    This companion Guidebook elaborates on certain aspects of the Model Ordinance and is designed to help municipal officials, citizens and prospective wind energy permit applicants better understand and interpret it. The final draft of the Guidebook is now available. The draft Guidebook we are now providing is very nearly our final product. The primary change we still expect to make will be to add a sound measurement methodology for Type 1 (i.e. 'small') facilities. Our goal is to provide practical sound measurement instructions that can be carried out locally using simple and relatively inexpensive equipment. For more information, contactPhil Careyat the Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry.