MAP and RPOs Invited to Comment on Climate Council Community Resilience Strategies

Join a Meeting with Resilience Working Group Co-chair May 27, 3:00-5:00

Judy East, the lead for the Maine Climate Council's Community Resilience Strategy, has invited the Maine Association of Planners membership to discuss and give feedback on the latest drafts of strategies.  The strategies, if adopted by the Climate Council, will guide state participation in climate adaptation planning for communities, recommend revision of state regulations to better account for climate issues, and outline funding needs.   This is an opportunity to learn how the strategies have changed based on comments to date (including MAP's recent comments below), and to make further comments before these strategies go to the full Climate Council in June. 

In particular, Judy is looking for comments on: the ideas behind the entire package (all 3 strategies are mutually interdependent and reinforcing); the structure and clarity of the message; additional ideas; gaps; relationships to other Working Group strategies of which you are aware; or other things that are on planners' minds on this topic.  If at all possible, please review the three recommendations (1 ,2, 3) before attending the meeting, as Judy will be looking for specific comments and suggestions.  The recommendations are likely to have a profound effect on how the state supports Maine communities in adaptation planning, and this is a great opportunity to suggest changes or reinforce what's already there before the product is finalized!

Free registration link for Climate Council Resilience strategies meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvc-urrDMrGNFkkfYflJvKjHZGNFVF6xAc

Click the link, fill in the registration (name, affiliation, security, not a robot stuff) and you will receive another email with the actual meeting link.

If you are unable to attend, you are encouraged to submit written comments to Judith.c.east@maine.gov.  If you have questions about MAP involvement in this process, contact Samantha Horn, MAP President, at samanthadhorn@gmail.com.

Maine Association of Planners

Recommendations to the Maine Climate Council

May 8, 2020

The Maine Association of Planners, or MAP, is a nonprofit organization of professional public, private, and nonprofit planners, citizen volunteers serving on local boards, and Mainers from other professions like attorneys, landscape architects, professors, and developers. Though our membership works in diverse settings, we are all dedicated to enhancing the practice of planning in Maine.

Members of MAP have been following the Climate Council process and have taken note that land use issues are cross-cutting in the Council’s work, spanning multiple working groups. As the Council digs in to identify areas of focus for recommendations and further work, MAP would like to offer some summary recommendations for your consideration. These recommendations are endorsed by MAP’s Legislative and Policy Committee, and by the Board of Directors. Please distribute these as is helpful within the Climate Council structure and we would be pleased to answer any questions. Thank you for the opportunity to comment, and for the important work of the Maine Climate Council.

 Sincerely,

 Samantha Horn, President

Maine Association of Planners

 

Provide Flexible Ways for Communities to Do Climate Action Planning

 1.   While the federal government and the State have important parts to play, municipalities also have a critical role in helping Maine achieve its GHG emission goals.

2.   This does not necessarily need to be done through Growth Management Program comprehensive plans, but the climate action strategies do need to be coordinated with land use, transportation, distributed power generation and grid development, housing, economic development, and related considerations.

3.   Nor do municipalities need to do climate mitigation on their own and should be able to choose to participate in pairs or groups of communities or as part of regional plans that include actionable recommendations for each municipality.

4.   Title 30-A and/or other relevant State statutes should be amended to require climate change mitigation and resilience planning with the flexibility described in Points #2 and 3.

 

Strengthen the Role of Regional and State Planning Organizations

 1.   Meeting the climate challenge will require a greater emphasis on regional planning in terms of renewable energy generation and grid investments, increasing in-state agriculture, linking transportation with village and other compact development, etc. Regional planning organizations need to be significantly more empowered and better funded.

2.   State planning assistance programs that support regional and local planning and that serve to synchronize climate action across sectors need to be restored to previous levels with a significant increase in resources.

3.   The original Growth Management Act legislation, as well as the former Land & Water Resources Council, should be reviewed as part of considering how to restructure community and regional planning in Maine to meet the climate challenge.

 

Provide Climate Action Planning Incentives

 1.   Technical assistance and planning grants need to be made available to inland as well as coastal communities and regional planning organizations for work on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

2.   Regulatory incentives, such as Site Location of Development capacity, by which municipalities with strong comprehensive plans and site plan review mechanisms are allowed to approve larger development projects without duplicative DEP review, should also be implemented as incentives for communities to pursue climate action planning.

 

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