Maine Mall Transit-Oriented Development Concept Plan Awarded 2020 MAP Plan of the Year
The 2020 MAP Plan of the Year Award is given to the Maine Mall Transit-Oriented Development Concept Plan. Rapid population growth in the Portland Metropolitan Area has resulted in sprawl into the outlying rural region. The Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS) identified the mall as one of six Priority Centers in South Portland for Transit Oriented Development (TOD).
This plan seeks to build on the successes of Transit-Oriented Development, encouraging residential and mixed-use development where transportation services are feasible. Key features include increasing the supply of single and multifamily housing close to this center of employment and close to transit services.
This plan is an example of working toward a long-range vision in an incentive-based planning environment. They state, “The Plan is an attempt to reimagine the Mall and show what is possible. It is not meant to be a prescriptive development plan, but rather to serve as a conversation starter, and as a resource for South Portland, PACTS, and other municipalities for future planning and development efforts in Priority Centers.”
Partners in the Maine Mall Transit-Oriented Development Concept Plan include:
- City of South Portland
- Greater Portland Council of Governments
- Richardson and Associates
- Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System
- Maine Department of Transportation
- Maine Mall Management
- Long Creek Watershed Management District
More information is available at: gpcog.org/305/Maine-Mall-Transit-Oriented-Development