Legislative Priorities

The Legislative and Policy Committee (LPC) is a representative body interested in assuming responsibility for carrying out the Maine Association of Planners’ (Association) adopted legislative and policy agenda. LPC has found APA’s  four (4) key legislative issues to be appropriate priorities for Maine: housing choice and affordability, inclusive growth and development, infrastructure, and healthy and safe communities. In addition to the key legislative issues adopted by the APA, the LPC may consider other policy focus areas determined relevant to planning in Maine that may arise during the 129th legislative session. Such policy focus areas may include: alternative transportation, renewable energy, and climate resiliency.


Maine State House in Spring

Image: Jim Roberts [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]

Legislative Alert

The MAP LPC provided testimony to the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government in regard to LD 970. LD 970 would encourage policies regarding Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) under local comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances. Justin Barker prepared written testimony NEITHER FOR NOR AGAINST LD 970.  The testimony notes suggested modifications for the bill including an expanded definition of ADUs.  Read the full testimony. There was a public hearing for this bill on Wednesday, Mar. 13--you can view all testimony provided on the Maine Legislature's website.  


Role of the LPC

The Association’s 15-member Executive Board (Board) creates the LPC and is responsible for its control and management. The LPC serves a critical function as the advocacy arm of the Association. The purpose of the LPC is to define planning interests and to maximize those interests through effective participation in the legislative process. Specifically, in consultation with the Board, the LPC is responsible for: scheduling General Membership meetings to solicit input from the membership in setting the Association's legislative agenda;

  • developing a communications system to address the needs of the membership and
  • emergency decision making;
  • developing and coordinating the Association’s legislative policy process;
  • identifying the Association’s advocacy priorities & developing a legislative program;
  • providing direction on legislative strategy to achieve these objectives;
  • taking positions on legislative proposals affecting planning;
  • working with other organizations and groups to influence the State Legislature;
  • preparing policy information for the American Planning Association or the
  • Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association (NNECAPA) Delegate Assembly; and
  • providing information about the American Planning Association (APA) policies to the Maine Association's membership.

Membership. The LPC consists of at least three (3) members and shall be made up of anyone from the membership, in good standing, plus a member of the Executive Board who shall serve as Chair. LPC members are expected to commit to one year of service (aligning with the Board’s fiscal year), and service is unlimited. 

Current members: 

  • Jared Woolston, AICP, Chair
  • Damon Yakovleff, AICP
  • Maureen O’Meara, AICP
  • Michael Foster
  • Lee Jay Feldman
  • Justin Barker, AICP, LEED GA, CNU-A

Read the MAP Strategic Plan Implementation 2019 Legislative & Policy Priorities.