Scenic Resource Protection
Scenic Assessment Handbook
This handbook is designed to be used by people across Maine who are conducting inventories of scenic resources in their town or region. This handbook should give policy-makers and citizens a set of tools to achieve a higher level of precision to identify and evaluate scenic resources – using descriptive language, illustrative maps, and characteristic photographs.
Steep Slope and Ridgeline Protection
This chapter provides information on regulating both steep slopes and ridgelines. Steep slope regulations are frequently based on environmental considerations such as erosion and sedimentation controls, while ridgeline regulations have more emphasis on view protection.
Protecting Local Scenic Resources: Community-Based Performance Standards
Maine’s landscape is undergoing changes that will redefine its scenic character. Scenic views and landscapes that have defined communities for decades are being threatened and lost. These concerns can be addressed if all activities are required to comply with performance standards, which are designed to protect local scenic resources. These performance standards are designed to be administered in the same manner as other performance standards in the local site plan review ordinance, such as those related to erosion control, stormwater management, noise, etc. That is, they are to be considered in the context of the overall project review and approval process, not as a separate action.