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Review of new development and redevelopment, as well as short and long-range planning initiatives are critical to managing our community.

One of the primary duties of Planning Staff is to advise the Planning Board in the review and approval of new development or redevelopment projects as well as to work with development applicants through the review process.

The vast majority of development projects are reviewed under the Site Plan Review section of the zoning ordinance, or Subdivision Review sections of the subdivision ordinance.

As for short and long-range planning, the Town’s Comprehensive Plan is the guiding document for how Cape Elizabeth should grow and develop over the next 10 years and beyond. Planning Staff play an important role in working with the Town Council and other committees on updating as well as implementing the Comprehensive Plan. Very often the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan requires changes to the town’s local land use regulations.

In addition, Planning Staff conduct other short and long-range planning studies and initiatives that may pertain to other topics such as transportation, open space and natural resource conservation, affordable housing, and infrastructure planning.


Frequently Asked Questions

Planning Board Review

Most development, other than construction or addition to a single family home, will require some type of Planning Board review.

About the Planning Board

The Planning Board consists of seven residents of the Town who are appointed by the Town Council for staggered 3-year terms

Planning Board Project Files

All development proposals currently under review by the Planning Board are filed in the Planning Office and are available for public review.

Planning Board Rules and Regulations

Planning Board Meeting Materials

Plans and Assessments

Comprehensive Plan | Town Center Plan | Greenbelt Plan | Visual Resources Assessment | Affordable Housing Report | Fort Williams Master Plan | Open Space Inventory | Shore Road Path Plan

Reviews and Procedures

Subdivision Review | Site Plan Review | Resource Protection Permit | Private Access Review

Pending Amendments

Related Committees

Conservation Committee | Ordinance Committee

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  • Maureen O'Meara, Town Planner
  • Phone:
  • Mailing Address:
    PO Box 6260
    Cape Elizabeth, ME
  • Business Hours: Mondays, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesdays-Fridays, 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Location:
    Assessing/Codes/Planning office, second floor Town Hall, 320 Ocean House Road - Directions
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