Our member communities are always looking toward future land planning with sustainable and resilient environmental planning and practices. We help our municipalities plan for climate resiliency, including natural resource management, flood risk, sea level assessments, and policy analysis.
Recent coastal resiliency projects completed by GPCOG include the Casco Bay Community Guidebook: a resource for coastal communities to spotlight local successes and learn from one another about a variety of strategies to address environmental challenges. GPCOG has also completed several coastal resiliency projects in Chebeague Island, Cape Elizabeth, Freeport, and South Portland.
GPCOG has also assisted our members with land conservation efforts, including identifying and mapping conserved lands throughout our region, and publishing Best Practices for Local Land Conservation Efforts in Falmouth Maine.
We partner with the following agencies:
- Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry
- Maine Coastal Program
- Casco Bay Estuary Partnership
- Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation Commission
To learn more about our environmental resiliency work please contact Jessa Berna, Land Use Planner, 207-774-9891 ext. 210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Municipal Climate Adaptation Guidance Series
Many local governments in Maine are looking for practical steps to help make their communities more resilient in the face of rising sea-levels and more frequent intense storm events. To help address this need, the Municipal Planning Assistance Program and nine of Maine’s Regional Planning Organizations, with funding from the Maine Coastal Program, have collaborated on a series of guidance documents.
The guidance documents explain how to identify threats to community resources, and how to respond to those threats by integrating climate adaptation measures into existing local policies, practices and ordinances. Each of the ten documents in the series addresses a different area of municipal responsibility. These documents are available at: http://www.maine.gov/dacf/municipalplanning/technical/climate.shtml