Strategies

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Strategies

Approved by Committee

January 8, 2013

 

Economy

Goals

  1. To promote an economic climate that increases local job opportunities, our sense of community and overall economic well-being.
  2. To encourage small businesses & entrepreneurship.
  3. To encourage development that enhances our village and community.
  4. To enhance our economic opportunities by making the most of our recreational, agricultural, natural, marine, historical and cultural resources.

 

Strategies

  1. Support and promote eco-tourism, agri-tourism, historic tourism and the arts.
  2. Develop a brand and branding strategy then promote through multiple media types.
  3. Attract complimentary businesses into Town.
    1. Create and promote an economic brochure highlighting the benefits of doing business in Bowdoinham.
  4. Create and distribute a new business introductory package.
  5. Create and distribute a new resident package that includes a Bowdoinham business directory and Bowdoinham business coupons.
  6. Support the work and mission of the Community Development Advisory Committee.
  7. Support and promote existing businesses and community groups.
  8. Provide resources and education for starting and running a small business.
  9. Support and promote business workshops for Bowdoinham businesses.
  10. Plan for and utilize TIF funds to support our economic goals.
  11. Plan for and develop infrastructure to support business development in the village including a public wastewater system, public bathrooms, sidewalks, bike lanes and public parking. 
  12. Plan for and develop communication, internet and energy infrastructure to support business development in throughout Bowdoinham.
  13. Develop and implement a village beautification plan to make changes to village such as lighting, landscaping, public greenspaces and other amentities to help attract new businesses and visitors alike.
  14. Develop signage for the village and businesses. 
  15. Implement Waterfront Plan.
  16. Implement Walkable Village Plan.
  17. Support the development of and implement the Merrymeeting Trail.
  18. Participate in any regional economic development efforts.

 

Agriculture

Goals

  1. To enhance the viability of agriculture so that it will remain an economic strength for future generations.
  2. To promote buying local foods and enhance opportunities to obtain local foods.
  3. To safeguard our agricultural resources.
  4. To encourage economically viable, ecologically sound and socially responsible agriculture.

           

Strategies

  1. Recognize farmland based on current use and prime farmland soils, not just farmland enrolled in the Farmland Tax Program.
  2. Review the Farmland Taxation Program to ensure program is beneficial to farmers.
  3. Encourage owners of productive farm land to enroll in the Farmland Taxation Program.
  4. Adopt and encourage participation in the voluntary Municipal Farm Support Program.
  5. Amend the Land Use Ordinance to minimize non-agricultural development on prime farmland soils.
  6. Create mechanisms to protect active agricultural activities from new development.
  7. Consult with Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry when developing any land use regulations pertaining to agricultural management practices to ensure regulations are agriculture friendly.
  8. Encourage and support agricultural businesses and productive agriculture operations.
  9. Promote and support agri-tourism.
  10. Promote the benefits of agriculture.
  11. Explore the interest in and benefit of creating and marketing a Bowdoinham brand for agricultural products.
  12. Support the development of new markets for Bowdoinham agricultural products.
  13. Encourage and support getting local food to children, elderly and low income people, including but not limited to, distribution through the schools, a local food pantry, and education in the preparation and benefits of eating healthy local foods.
  14. Support the Bowdoinham Farmers' Market and other local venues to enhance opportunities to obtain local foods.
  15. Support the growth of an organic farm cluster to enhance our regional agricultural opportunities.
  16. Encourage, support and participate in regional agricultural projects that support the growth of agriculture in Bowdoinham.
  17. Encourage Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife and other landowners with prime farmland soils to lease the land for agricultural uses.
  18. Encourage and support the preservation of prime farmland.
  19. Ensure that all farmers and those living on prime agricultural soils or historical farm properties are aware of all options for protection and maintaining their farms as productive farms.
  20. Encourage and support the creation of a gleaning group.
  21. Encourage the formation of a farmers’ alliance/group or Local Food Council and support their work.
  22. Support agricultural educational opportunities.
  23. Create farmer resource package for the website and distribution to farmers.

Forest Resources

Goals

To promote forest management, forest activities and stewardship that provides an economic benefit and supports our recreational opportunities, water quality and wildlife habitat.

Strategies

  1. Provide for and support forest management, resources, educational opportunities and good stewardship.
  2. Create a resource package for the website and distribution to wood lot owners.

Natural Resources

Goals

  1. To manage and protect critical natural resources, including water resources, wildlife and fisheries habitats, shorelands, scenic vistas, and unique natural areas.
  2. To promote good stewardship of Merrymeeting Bay watershed and all the natural, marine, cultural and historic resources that Merrymeeting Bay provides.

Strategies

  1. Explore creating a Conservation Commission to serve the Town and our resources.
  2. Promote good stewardship, support and provide educational opportunities and resources.
    1. Develop brochures about our natural resources.
    2. Create educational signage for important natural resource areas.
  3. Coordinate and partner with other municipalities, Friends of Merrymeeting Bay, and other organizations to protect natural resources.
  4. Ensure that the Town's Land Use Ordinance is consistent with applicable State laws and rules regarding critical natural resources.

Water Resources

For the purposes of this section we are focusing on our water resources as it is our water supply. 

Goals

To manage and protect our water resources, including aquifers, wetlands, ponds, streams, rivers and Merrymeeting Bay.

Strategies

  1. Promote good stewardship of our water resources.
  2. Provide for and support educational opportunities and resources.
    1. Provide shoreland zoning workshops and materials for property owner.
    2. Support and provide educational opportunities and resources to reduce water pollution.
  3. Protect current and potential water sources.
  4. Cooperate with other municipalities, Bowdoinham Water District, Friends of Merrymeeting Bay, and other organizations to protect water resources.
  5. Ensure the Town's Land Use Ordinance to be consistent with Maine Stormwater Management law and rules.
  6. Amend the Town's Land Use Ordinance to incorporate low impact development standards.

 

Historic & Archaeological Resources

Goals

To recognize, protect and encourage preservation of our archaeological and historic resources.

Strategies

  1. Provide for and support educational opportunities and resources.
  2. Promote the maintenance and restoration of historic buildings.
  3. Support the activities and mission of the Bowdoinham Historical Society.
  4. Survey and inventory our resources.
    1. Support the preservation of said resources.
  5. Create a cemetery map.
  6. Host an annual Cemetery Clean-up Day.
  7. Maintain provisions in the Town's Land Use Ordinance to protect the significant historic and archaeological resources in the community to the greatest extent practicable.

 

Recreation

Goals

  1. To promote and protect the availability of outdoor recreational opportunities.
  2. To plan for, develop, promote and encourage recreational opportunities for all ages. 
  3. To plan for and develop regional recreational opportunities and facilities.

Strategies

  1. Support the Town's Biking, Walking, Paddling Group:
    1. Promoting biking, walking and paddling in Bowdoinham.
    2. Developing opportunities and access for biking, walking and paddling.
    3. Hosting an annual race.
    4. Developing a trail plan.
    5. Working to develop the Merrymeeting Trail
    6. Working with clubs to sponsor bike tours in and through Bowdoinham.
  2. Promote recreational opportunities in Bowdoinham.
  3. Identify and promote opportunities on public owned lands.
  4. Support the Bowdoinham Snowbirds.
  5. Investigate and develop a safe location for swimming.
  6. Encourage landowners to allow access for hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and trails.
  7. Support the creation of the Merrymeeting Trail.
  8. Maintain an inventory of our recreational resources.
  9. Investigate the feasibility of, and opportunities to develop a community center.
  10. Develop, support & promote indoor recreation opportunities.
  11. Develop adult sports leagues.
  12. Host board and card games events.
  13. Development and promote boating opportunities.
  14. Investigate and develop a sledding hill.
  15. Maintain and upgrade recreational facilities as needed.
  16. Develop additional safe access points to Merrymeeting Bay and the rivers.
  17. Support the development of a skatepark.
  18. Support our Committee on Aging in creating recreational activities for our seniors.
  19. Explore and create (if possible) a new committee, possibly an Active Community Environment Team to implement our strategies for recreation.

 

Housing

Goals

  1. To encourage and promote safe and affordable housing opportunities, which are consistent with the other goals within this plan.
  2. To allow a diversity of housing types.

Strategies

  1. Promote energy efficient housing.
  2. Allow diverse housing types within the Town's ordinances including cluster and co-housing.
  3. Support efforts to develop affordable, seasonal and workforce housing.
  4. Support the development of housing opportunities for elderly, including assisted living.

Transportation

Goals

  1. To plan for and develop an efficient transportation system that accommodates anticipated growth, economic development and changes in the State’s transportation policies.
  2. To implement and update a road maintenance plan.
  3. To promote the development of and encourage the use of alternative forms of transportation.

Strategies

  1. Develop additional parking in the village.
  2. Encourage Maine Department of Transportation to develop additional parking at the Park and Ride.
  3. Encourage Maine Department of Transportation to reconstruct Route 24 and its intersections with Ridge Road, White Road and Carding Machine Road.
  4. Encourage Maine Department of Transportation to create bike lanes on Route 24.
  5. Encourage Maine Department of Transportation to create sidewalks on Routes 24, 125 and 138 in the village area.
  6. Develop bike lanes on Town roads and bike paths.
  7. Support the development of the Merrymeeting Trail.
  8. Develop sidewalks throughout the village as approved in Walkable Village Plan.
  9. Implement and update the Town's Transportation Vision Statement.
  10. Promote, encourage and support public transportation opportunities.
  11. Promote, encourage and support alternative transportation.
  12. Encourage train service in Bowdoinham.
  13. Promote, encourage and support ride sharing.
  14. Maintain the Road Maintenance Plan.
  15. Participate in regional and state transportation efforts.
  16. Develop transportation opportunities to serve the elderly, as needed.

Public Facilities and Services

Goals

  1. To plan for and develop an efficient system of public facilities and services that support current needs, anticipates growth and promotes economic development.
  2. To preserve and enhance the community institutions which make Bowdoinham special.
  3. To implement existing Town plans, such as the Waterfront Plan and Walkable Village Plan.

Strategies

  1. Develop internet infrastructure to serve all of Bowdoinham residents.
  2. Develop additional public access internet service.
  3. Encourage the extension of cable service to all Bowdoinham residents.
  4. Encourage the State to allow greater competition between cable companies.
  5. Investigate wastewater disposal options to serve the village area.
  6. Develop public bathrooms and pump facilities at Mailly Waterfront Park.
  7. Investigate the development of natural gas infrastructure.
  8. Support the mission and work of all Town Committees.
  9. Encourage residents to join the Fire and EMS Departments.
  10. Encourage residents to improve access to and identification of their homes for emergency services.
  11. Promote, support and encourage recycling.
  12. Ensure that Town Boards receive proper training to perform their duties.
  13. Coordinate with other municipalities to enhance services.
  14. Develop resident & new resident packages to inform residents of recreation opportunities, local businesses, Town services and other resources.
  15. Provide public facilities and services in a manner that promotes and supports growth and development in identified growth areas.
  16. Develop a financial model of how development impacts public services.

 

Fiscal Capacity and Capital Investment Plan

Goals

To develop and implement a plan to finance an efficient system of public facilities and services that support current needs, anticipates growth, promotes economic development and accommodates State policies.

Strategies

  1. Maintain healthy fund balance.
  2. Anticipate further reductions in state support.
  3. Plan and save for capital projects.
  4. Maintain the investment and purchasing plan.
  5. Explore opportunities to work with other municipalities to plan for and finance shared or adjacent capital investments to increase cost savings and efficiencies.
  6. Explore grant opportunities to assist in the funding of capital investments.