For municipal officials
With federal, state and local funds dwindling, it’s become harder for local decision-makers – especially those outside Maine’s bigger cities — to get the training and information needed to review projects comprehensively and accurately. There will always be a role for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection in complex issues and projects with statewide implications or regional conflict, but capacity-building for local planning boards and code officers could be a great help.
So LEA is helping local officials “tool up.” That work is now underway and includes a number of resources available now or currently being developed, including:
- Fact sheets on the ecological importance of each natural resource and their value to municipalities. Find out the reasons and ways that municipal officials can protect these precious resources:
Top 5 ways to protect lakes and ponds
Top 5 ways to protect rivers and streams
Top 5 ways to protect Maine's forests
Top 5 ways to protect wetlands
Top 5 ways to protect vernal pools
Top 3 ways natural resources impact local economies
- Case studies of specific proposals to teach review techniques.
- Model language to provide technical assistance for review boards and language to establish third party review of construction and long-term maintenance of stormwater components to reduce the burden on local code officers (in progress).
- A tracking system to identify where lake protection elements are supposed to be constructed. (This step has revealed numerous elements proposed by developers, but never installed.)
For more information, please email Colin Holme or call 207-647-8580, ext. 13.