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Zoning Ordinance Revision

On February 20, 2018, the City Council voted to adopt the 2018 update of Saco’s Comprehensive Plan. The 2018 Comp Plan update was the result of nearly two years of review and discussion by the adhoc committee and City Staff. As a community, our next step is to update our Zoning Ordinances to align with the City of Saco’s land use vision: The most forward-thinking land use policies in the State of Maine that ensure financial stability, environmental sustainability, and provides opportunities and accessibility to all.

As of December 2019, the Planning Board and Zoning Ordinance Steering Committee are meeting on the first and third Tuesdays of the month in Planning Board workshops to provide feedback on remaining items. The Planning & Development Department, in coordination with the Planning Board and Steering Committee, will soon have the next draft of the ordinances available online.

Please see the links to workshop materials below. Members of the public are always welcome to attend workshops and contact the City Planner with any questions about the Zoning Ordinance Revision. 

This page will be periodically updated as workshops occur.

Use Table - December 2019 Workshop
Dimensional Standards Table - December 2019 Workshop 
Accessory Dwelling Units - December 2019 Workshop
Proposed Sign Standards & Parking Standards - January 14, 2020 Workshop
Proposed Site Plan Review Ordinance - February 4, 2020 Workshop
February 11, 2020 Workshop Materials

Draft OrdinanceS

The third draft of the proposed land use ordinances are available:
Zoning Ordinance (Draft 3 updated with legal edits 10/18/19)
Zoning Map (Draft 3 - 10/2/19)
Site Plan Review Ordinance (Draft 3 updated with legal edits 10/18/19)
Subdivision Ordinance (Draft 3 updated with legal edits 10/18/19)
Dimensional Standards Table (Draft 3 - 10/2/2019)
Permitted & Conditional Use Table (Draft 3 - 10/2/2019)

The Planning and Development team has compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding the proposed ordinance revisions. 

At the City Council Meeting on October 15, 2018, the City Council confirmed that Mayor's appointment of the following members to the Zoning Ordinance Revision Steering Committee. 

Zoning Ordinance Revision Steering Committee: 
Nathan Johnston, City Councilor
Bette Brunswick, Economic Development Commission Chairwoman and Saco Main Street Board  
Matthew Provencal, Planning Board Member 
Jim Katsiaficas,  Legal Advisor for Zoning Revision
Mike Eon, Local Developer 
Kelley Archer, Local Real Estate Agent and member of the Historic Preservation Commission 
Tim Leary, Community Leader 
Barbara Dresser, Community Leader and member of the Assessment Review Board 
Peg Poulin, Community Leader and member of the Saco Main Street Board 
Steve Huot, Saco Parent 

City Staff: 
Denise Clavette, Director of Planning & Development
Emily Cole-Prescott, City Planner
Jessa Berna, Business Development Specialist
Isabelle Oechslie, Program Coordinator
Richard Lambert, Director of Code Enforcement

Meeting Agendas:

December 12, 2018
April 4, 2019  Agenda & Meeting Materials
April 23, 2019
April 30, 2019
May 20, 2019
August  28, 2019

September 9, 2019

Supporting Documents: 
To view the summary from the Community Charrette, click here

April 4, 2019 Meeting: 
Meeting Slides
Dimensional Standards
Preview of Consolidated and Merged Land Use Table (working draft)
Land Use Tables Memo
Proposed Districts and Uses
Table 412

April 23, 2019 Meeting: 
Meeting Slides
Dimensional Standards Memo
Dimensional Standards Proposed Merged Districts

April 30, 2019 Meeting: 
Land Use Table v2 (4.25.19)

May 20, 2019 Meeting: 
Land Use Table (5.13.19)
Proposed Demensional Standards Summary

September 9, 2019 City Council Meeting:
Review of Zoning Ordinance Draft 2

Outline of Proposed Name Changes

April 25, 2019 Progress Report
August 22, 2019 Draft 2 of Zoning Ordinance

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