Creating Traditional, Walkable Neighborhoods: A Handbook for Maine Communities
This handbook is designed to acquaint municipal officials and citizen volunteers with the elements of traditional, walkable neighborhoods and with ways of crafting land use regulations and municipal policies that foster them.
Village Plan Alternative
The Village Plan Alternative (VPA) is a planning tool that promotes compact development with a mix of land uses, including residential, small-scale commercial, recreation and conservation in close proximity to one another within a neighborhood. The VPA is based on the best examples of village design and Traditional Neighborhood Design (TND), scaled to a rural setting.
Infill development in its simplest form is the development or redevelopment of land that has been bypassed, remained vacant, and or is underutilized as a result of the continuing development process. It is often a component of mixed-use development and is a technique that is frequently used in housing strategies to provide affordable housing or to fulfill the need for various types of housing.
The typical argument justifying why the private market does not create affordable units is that it is not economically viable given the economics of housing production. Inclusionary housing ordinances work to overcome that economic barrier and establish incentives that may make affordable housing development feasible.
Chapter 13 of
Implementation Manual. This paper describes housing programs that can be undertaken by municipalities, typically in partnership with other groups.
Chapter 14 of the
Implementation Manual. Local bylaws and ordinances—to the extent that they regulate the type, location, density, and construction of housing—can be used to exclude, encourage, or require affordable housing development in a community. Municipalities that regulate residential development face the very real challenge of accommodating a variety of housing to meet local needs, while also protecting the community from the impacts of excessive or poorly designed development.
The Great American Neighborhood: Contemporary Design Principles for Building Livable Residential Communities
This guide provides residential developers, homebuilders, and town officials with a set of principles and design ideas that can be used to create the livable, quality neighborhoods that homebuyers are looking for. The principles in this guide apply to small ‘infill’ projects and compact new neighborhoods as well as to large, multi-year developments. The Great American Neighborhood initiative is intended to encourage the creation and restoration of traditional neighborhoods.