Maine

February 11, 2017, 5am PST
Four small cities across the country are seeing positive results with non-traditional public engagement strategies like bouncy castles, beer coasters, and ball games.
Orton Family Foundation
December 3, 2016, 5am PST
Maine planners are finding new ways to use aerial photos and drone technology to improve transportation and environmental planning.
Maine Association of Planners
October 6, 2016, 10am PDT
A controversial biomass amendment added to the Senate's energy bill would make the burning of wood for energy purposes a renewable source of energy. While the proposal has broad, bipartisan Congressional support, many groups oppose it.
The New York Times
August 26, 2016, 2pm PDT
It only takes two minutes and 55 seconds to catch up on the biggest news stories from the week in planning.
Planetizen
August 25, 2016, 6am PDT
The announcement that 87,500 acres of land in Maine's North Woods would become a national monument came the day before the centennial of the National Park Service. The designation is also sure to be controversial.
Portland Press Herald
July 23, 2016, 7am PDT
Like many cities around the country, Portland, Maine is faced with rising costs for housing as demand outpaces supply.
Island Institute
June 11, 2016, 5am PDT
A new report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration documents the increasing frequency of nuisance floods and "clear-sky flooding."
USA Today
May 25, 2016, 8am PDT
The Washington Post provides feature-length coverage of an ongoing, long-lasting controversy over a proposal by a wealthy landowner to donate 87,500 acres for the purposes of creating a new national park.
The Washington Post
April 19, 2016, 9am PDT
Many Maine communities have amended their zoning ordinances to allow accessory dwelling units, recognizing the benefits of this housing option.
Maine Association of Planners Front Page
April 8, 2016, 6am PDT
Transportation planners in Bangor, Maine are accusing state officials of holding regional transportation projects hostage to force the construction of a controversial connector project.
Bangor Daily News
March 15, 2016, 10am PDT
In an area where only one percent of the land is zoned for development, prospective zoning can maintain the balance between land conservation and growth.
Bangor Daily News
March 9, 2016, 2pm PST
Around the country, small, rural towns are experiencing the same political conflicts related to land use and planning more commonly associated with the city.
Next City
March 8, 2016, 10am PST
An article by Colleen Fuller highlights collaborative initiatives in Maine's food system as well as key challenges the state faces in reaching a goal of increasing and broadening access to, and consumption of, local food.
Maine Association of Planners Front Page
December 4, 2015, 8am PST
Planners and public health professionals in Maine are working together to increase opportunities for physical activity and active transportation.
Maine Association of Planners Front Page
December 3, 2015, 1pm PST
New Ruralism is about rural communities finding new and sustainable approaches to create economic opportunities, provide livable-wage jobs, improve access to local foods, and offer better aging-in-place options.
Maine Association of Planners Front Page
November 1, 2015, 5am PST
A week before a Nov. 3 Maine transportation referendum on a *general fund bond issue to address roads and bridges, TRIP released a report showing that over a third of the state's bridges "are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete."
Kennebec Journal
October 22, 2015, 7am PDT
The latest city to implement mandatory inclusionary zoning: Portland, Maine. The City Council decision contradicted the Planning Board's recommendation.
Portland Press Herald
August 28, 2015, 2pm PDT
Planners get involved with foreclosure by assisting residents threatened with foreclosure or addressing community impacts such as blight, vacancy, and property disinvestment. A look at vacant property fees as a tool for dealing with foreclosure.
Maine Association of Planners
February 1, 2015, 7am PST
The city of Burlington, largest in the Green Mountain State, is the only city in the U.S. to provide electricity from entirely renewable sources, notwithstanding criticism from some environmentalists. PBS Newshour Weekend investigates.
PBS NewsHour
January 25, 2015, 5am PST
Maine trails only three states in total acreage of land protected by conservation. A new plan to end the property tax exemptions for nonprofits, however, could make that work much more difficult.
Portland Press Herald