Municipal Planning Assistance Program
The Municipal Planning Assistance Program (MPAP) provides land use planning expertise for Maine citizens, municipalities, regional planning organizations, state agencies and the Legislature, and promotes growth management principles in state and local policies, programs, regulations and investments by:
Providing technical and financial assistance
MPAP provides technical and financial assistance including: model ordinances and other guidance documents; workshops and webinars; one-on-one technical support; planning data; training for local officials; annual grants to regional planning organizations and competitive grants for specific planning projects.
Coordinating with state agencies
MPAP works with agencies across state government to assure that their policies and programs align with and support state land-use policies. We accomplish this through participation on interagency working groups, grant review committees and advisory boards. Comments that we solicit as part of our review of proposed comprehensive plans also helps assure that the missions and policies of our partner agencies are appropriately reflected in local plans.
Implementing Maine's Growth Management Act
Through the Growth Management Act's review and certification process, MPAP guides local authorities in the development of comprehensive plans and land-use ordinances that are tailored to the needs of the individual community and consistent with state land-use policies.
Why your town should have a Comprehensive Plan
Learn about some key benefits your community can enjoy by adopting a comprehensive plan that is consistent with Maine's Growth Management Act, including:
- clear vision for future growth
- ultimate legal support for land use ordinances
- enhanced state grant opportunities
View the brochure.
Municipal Planning Assistance Program Announces Winners of FY2013 Coastal Communities Grants
Learn about the latest projects funded through the Coastal Communities Grant Program
These grants are part of the Maine Coastal Program's
Grants for Local and Regional Projects Along the Maine Coast
- Right of Way Re-Discovery Grant Program
- Shore and Harbor Planning Grant Program
- Coastal Communities Grant Program
Older "Findings of Consistency" expired at the end of 2012
A state Finding of Consistency for a local comprehensive plan is valid for twelve years. A temporary exemption for older Findings ran out on December 31, 2012. What does the expiration of a Finding of Consistency mean for your community?
View frequently asked questions
Growth Management Program Evaluation
The quadrennial Growth Management Program Evaluation was presented to the Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources in 2011. The evaluation summarizes the program's history, gives the status of recommendations made in the 2007 evaluation, and assesses the current state of the program.
View the Growth Management Program Evaluation
To Encourage the Preservation of Dark Skies:
A Report to the Business, Research & Economic Development Committee
Viewing stars with the naked eye requires "dark skies" - night skies that are largely free of light pollution emitted by misdirected outdoor lights. Maine is one of the few places in the eastern United States that still has dark skies. This report, prepared in response to a legislative resolve calling for the preservation of this natural resource, reviews outdoor lighting standards for commercial development and offers options and recommendations for their promotion.
View the dark skies preservation report