Land Use Ordinance Performance Standards

Description: Land use decisions made at the local level often present the best opportunity for conserving Maine’s rare, threatened and endangered plants and animals and rare and exemplary natural communities. The State of Maine Subdivision Law contains 20 criteria for approval of a proposed subdivision that must be considered prior to project approval.However, the standards in the statute are left intentionally general and vague. Therefore, one of the main purposes of local, municipal subdivision regulations is to clarify and expand upon the criteria of the statute based on locally identified concerns and priorities. This webpage offers examples of how Maine towns have expanded upon the state required review criteria #8 (aesthetic, cultural and natural values) and added clear guidance for development project applicants.

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