Planning Department News

Reminder: Sunday is the last day to volunteer for Outerloop project


Updated 09/11/2021: There are volunteer groups scheduled for 10:00 and 11:00 am this Sunday. The project is set up for "self-serve" volunteering if you have a group that wants to help us out this weekend. Individual volunteers should consider joinin…

Greenbelt Gazette Latest Issue


The August 2021 Greenbelt Gazette issue is now available.  Click here to read.

Shore Road Rehab Project survey work underway


The Town is restarting the Shore Road Gateway Rehabilitation Project first introduced at the September 4, 2019 Town Council workshop. Over the summer, you may see surveyors on Shore Road collecting data on existing conditions and locating the road r…

Workshop on affordable housing shows passions


Returning to the council chambers for the first time since March 2021, the Tuesday, June 22, 2021 Town Council workshop on Town Center Affordable Housing Amendments welcomed a packed house of community members eager to voice their opinions, concerns…

Planning Board votes Carr Woods project not complete


At the Tuesday, May 18, 2021 Planning Board Meeting, the board voted that the request for a Major Subdivision Review for the construction of a single family home lot and 19 condominiums and a Resource Protection Permit to alter  11,798 square feet o…

Planning Board augmenting Town Center Affordable Housing recommendations


The Planning Board will hold its usual, "first Tuesday of the month" workshop on May 4th, followed by a "special meeting." The Planning Board will be refining its supplemental recommendations to the Town Council on the Town Center Affordable Housing…

Planning Board Forwards Affordable Housing Amendments to Town Council


The Planning Board held a Public Hearing on April 20, 2021 on Town Center Affordable Housing Amendments.  The Town Council referred to the Planning Board amendments to the Town Center District which could enable a multi-family affordable housing pro…

Planning Board Will Hold Public Hearing on Town Center Affordable Housing Amendments


The Planning Board spent over two hours on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 discussing Town Center Affordable Housing Amendments associated with a proposed multi-family development project developed by The Szanton Company (article).  On February 8 the Town C…

Greenbelt Gazette Launches


The Town of Cape Elizabeth is testing a monthly e-newsletter, Greenbelt Gazette, on Greenbelt trail news and updates. Responses to this pilot issue will be evaluated to determine its appeal and usefulness to trail users.   The February …

Planning Board Special Workshop on Town Center Affordable Housing Amendment


The Planning Board will hold a Special Workshop Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss Town Center Affordable Housing Amendments.  During the February 8 Town Council meeting, the council voted to refer to the Planning Board amendmen…

Town Council Moves Amendments on Short Term Rentals to Public Hearing on Monday, February 8


With a Public Hearing set for Monday, February 8, 2021 at 7:00 p.m., the Town Council moves closer to approving the Zoning Ordinance’s amendments regulating Short Term Rental operations in Cape Elizabeth.  Amendments to recommendatio…

Greenbelt Trails Popularity Calls for Greater Mindfulness


The Town of Cape Elizabeth manages more than 18 miles of greenbelt trails which are beloved by many.  With COVID-19 restrictions drawing more people outdoors, the increased usage of the greenbelt calls for a reminder of trail guidelin…

Planning Board Approves Site Plan for Public Safety Telecommunications Tower


Following a Public Hearing on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, the Planning Board voted unanimously in favor of granting the Town of Cape Elizabeth’s request for a Site Plan Review of a new 180' tall public safety telecommunications tower and a…

Planning Board Approves Short Term Rental Amendments and Revision of Recommendation Number 86 of 2019 Comprehensive Plan


Updated: November 19, 2020 Nine citizens spoke at the November 17, 2020 Public Hearing on Short Term Rental Amendments: four people spoke in favor of the amendments and five spoke against.  Following the Public Hearing, the Planning Board vo…

Short Term Rentals Public Hearing Set for November 17, 2020. Planning Board Approves Numerous Projects.


Repost from October 26, 2020 Due to the dense agenda of the Planning Board October 20, 2020 meeting, the board voted to table the discussion of short term rentals until their next meeting on November 17, at which point a public hearing will also …

Short-term rental amendments: Planning Board public hearing expected Nov. 17


Proposed amendments regulating short-term rental operations in Cape Elizabeth are continuing to move through the ordinance-amendment process. The Planning Board held its fourth workshop at which short-term rentals were discussed on Oct. 6, 2020. …