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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.


The third draft of the proposed land use ordinances are available:
Zoning Ordinance (Draft 3 - 10-2-19)
Zoning Map (Draft 3 - 10-2-19)
Site Plan Review Ordinance (Draft 3 - 10-2-19)
Subdivision Ordinance (Draft 3 - 10-2-19)

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

Please direct any additional comments or questions to Denise Clavette, Planning & Development Director, at

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
Micah Smart, City Councilor 
Bette Brunswick, Economic Development Commission Chairwoman and Saco Main Street Board 
Neil Schuster, Planning Board Chairman 
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 Prescott, City Planner
Jessa Berna, Business Development Specialist
Richard Lambert, Director of Code Enforcement

Public Sector Consortium Leadership Team:
Kevin Sutherland, City Administrator 
Emily Roy, Marketing and Communications
Stacy Thompson, Deputy Director, WRRD

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

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

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