Planning & Economic Development
The Planning Department consists of:
- Bob Hamblen, City Planner
- Peter Morelli, Development Director
The mission of the Planning Office is to treat all residents and applicants as
customers, deserving of our best service. We try to provide prompt
and efficient processing of applications, as well as prompt
attention to concerns raised by residents regarding particular
developments. At all times, we strive to ensure that the Zoning
Ordinances and Subdivision Regulations of the City are
administered consistently and fairly.
The prime functions of the Planning Deparment are to provide
timely reviews of development proposals for conformance with
the City's regulations, including site plan, conditional use and
subdivision review. In most cases, these reviews are done in
conjunction with reviews by the Saco Planning Board. In addition,
the Planning Department works closely with the Planning Board
to modify the City's zoning ordinance and subdivision
The Planning Board meets twice a month, generally on the first
and third Tuesday. It is given the responsibility of approving
subdivisions, site plans, and conditional uses. Other actions
include recommendations to the City Council on contract zoning
applications, and zone text and map changes.
In addition to Boards, the Planning Office provide staff
support for various City projects.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, 2012
This strategic plan revisits those goals and techniques to determine whether they are suitable for the second decade of the 2000s and what new goals should be developed. PDF, 2.6MB, 1/2012
Saco Downtown West Historic Preservation Report
The City studied historic buildings in the neighborhood bounded by the Saco River, Elm Street, Cutts Avenue and the boundary of the downtown historic preservation overlay district which follows rear property lines on the west side of Main Street. PDF, 4.4MB, 11/2011
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, 2011
This is the 2011 update of the City's Comprehensive Plan.
This report outlines problems with the availability of affordable housing in Saco. The report and its recommendations were adopted by the City Council on November 16, 2009. You may follow this link to download the final report. PDF, 1.6MB, 11/16/2009