2020-2023 Comprehensive Plan Update Underway


The Town of Wells voted to enact an Ordinance entitled "Comprehensive Plan Updates" at Town Meeting, November 2019. 

The Board of Selectmen appointed 11 Town of Wells residents to serve as members of the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee on January 7, 2020. A Comprehensive Plan’s purpose is to document a Town’s commitment to achieve a vision.  The Comprehensive Plan reflects a long-range (e.g., ten year) view of future issues and opportunities.  Issues are identified, projected and options selected to set a course of action. These decisions are the basis for policies and implementation programs.

The adopted Plan is used by citizens, elected officials, Town committees and boards, business investors, and others.  They use it to help make daily decisions about the issues and opportunities that shape the Town’s physical, social and economic development.  It is used to establish the legal foundation for several implementation programs and activities including, but not limited to, the Town’s Land Use regulations.  While the Comprehensive Plan is not a zoning ordinance, land use regulations must be consistent with the vision of the Plan.

In addition, the Comprehensive Plan’s purpose is to implement Maine State Planning Law and related state and regional development policies.

In order for this Plan to meet the state minimum requirements there are a series of State, Regional and Wells goals that will be identified throughout the document.  These goals relate to a series of issues, which are of great importance to both the State of Maine as well as the community of Wells.  These issues include the following:

Topography Soils & Water, Habitats and other Critical Natural Resources, Hazard Mitigation,  Historic and Archaeological Resources, Agriculture & Forestry,  Marine Resources, The Economy,  Population and Demographics, Land Use Patterns, Housing, Transportation,  Recreation and Open Space, Public Facilities and Services, and Government and Fiscal Capacity.

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DRAFT Comprehensive Plan Sections

  1. DRAFT Water Resources_Wells_06-11-21
  2. DRAFT Demographics and Economics_Wells_06-11-21
  3. Appendix A Sect 3_Critical_Natural_Resources and Appendix_070621
  4. Appendix A Sect 6 - Draft_Wells Housing_070721
  5. DRAFT Appendix A Sect 3_Critical_Natural_Resources and Appendix_07-06-21
  6. DRAFT Appendix A Sect 6 - Wells Housing_07-07-21
  7. Draft Ch 15 Flood Hazard Mitigation Policies and Strategies_Part 2 Policies and Implementation Strategies 070621
  8. DRAFT Ch 15 Flood Hazard Mitigation Policies and Strategies_Part 2 Policies and Implementation Strategies 07-06-21
  9. DRAFT_Historic and Archaeological Resources 08-30-21
  10. DRAFT Land Use Section 10-21-21
  11. DRAFT Wells Public facilities and utilities 10-21-21
  12. Part 2_Vision 12-14-2021
  13. The Wells Comprehensive Plan 2022_Part 1 and 2.1_1_11_2022 w track chgs
  14. Part 2_Historic and Cultural 02-07-22 draft
  15. Part 2_Marine Resources 02-07-22 draft
  16. Part 2_Natural Resource 02-07-22 draft
  17. Part 2_Population Policies and Strategies 02-07-22 draft
  18. The Wells Comprehensive Plan 2022_Part 1 and 2 02-07-22 draft
  19. Chapter 6_Part 2_Land Use_2_7_2022
  20. Chapter 7_Part 2_Town Character and Appearance_2_7_2022
  21. Chapter 8_Part 2_Transportation and Circulation_2_7_22
  22. Chapter 9_Part 2_Economic Development 2_7_22
  23. Chapter 10_Part 2_Housing_3_4_22
  24. Chapter 11_Part 2_Public Facilities and Services_2_21_22
  25. Chapter 12_Part 2_Open Space_3_4_22
  26. Chapter 13_Part 2_Public Utilities_2_21_22
  27. Chapter 14_Part 2_Fiscal Capacity_2_21_22
  28. Chapter 15_Part 2_ Flood Hazard _3_4_2022
  29. Chapter 16_Part 2_Planning and Management_2_21_22
  30. Chapter 17_Part 2_ Regional_3_4_22
  31. Part 4_Capital Investment Strategy_4_7_2022
  32. Memo on changes _3_31_22
  33. Copy of TransitionalZones_Build-out_Estimations _4_7_22
  34. Part 4_Capital Investment Strategy_4_7_2022
  35. BOS CPUC Memo Deadlines 5-11-22
  36. Part 3_Implementation_5_23_2002
  37. Part 4_Capital Investment Strategy_5_23_2022
  38. Part 4_Capital Investment Strategy_5_23_2022_Clean Copy
  1. Notices
  2. Comments from the Public
  3. Materials to Review
  4. CPUC Ordinance