Community Planning

Working with our region's cities and towns as they plan for the future.

EMDC offers a full range of planning services to all organized municipalities within the Penobscot Valley Region. (Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties, as well as five towns in Waldo County - Searsport, Prospect, Stockton Springs, Frankfort, and Winterport.)

Comprehensive Plans:
EMDC assists communities with the development and/or updating of comprehensive plans, a tool for the municipality to gather ideas about the future of their community and to formulate actions to achieve that vision. A comprehensive plan addresses issues of land use, government administration, capital improvement, and economic development.  To secure certain grant funds municipalities must have a locally-adopted and state-deemed consistent comprehensive plan. The plan provides communities with direction municipal officials can follow to ensure proper growth and development into the future. 

Ordinances:
EMDC offers assistance to communities addressing local land use issues. We help communities create and revise ordinances that are applicable to the community’s specific needs.

Technical Assistance:
EMDC provides routine consultation at no cost to the communities we serve. We serve as a resource for municipal officials who have questions about land use regulations, including subdivisions, land use, comprehensive planning, shoreland zoning, and floodplain management etc.  

Regional Projects:
EMDC works on regional planning projects throughout its service area for projects that span several municipalities and require a co-operative approach from several communities and other state, public and private organizations.

For more information, contact: Vicki Rusbult, vrusbult@emdc.org