Standish, ME - Steep Falls Village Master Plan

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Site Walk - September 11, Thursday, 5:30
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Steep Falls Master Plan - Final

Steep Falls Master Plan - Appendices

April 17th Committee Workshop – Transportation [NEW]

Workshop Presentation Results - Transportation
Workshop Survey Summary

March 20 Committee Workshop


Workshop Presentation Results - Economic Development & Outdoor Recreation
Workshop Survey Summary

February 26th Committee Workshop

Steep Falls Survey Results - Village Design
Workshop Presentation & Voting Results
Workshop Comments
Poster Activity

January 16th Committee Meeting

Public Workshop Results
SWOT Handout Results
Additional Workshop Ideas

Steep Falls Open House & Community Workshop







On Thursday, December 12th, at the Steep Falls Fire Barn, the Steep Falls Village Committee and the Town of Standish hosted an evening of community planning and sharing for the Steep Falls Village Master Plan.

The Committee and planning consultants from Wright-Pierce hosted an Open House where there were displays, networking and discussion, and holiday music and light refreshments. Residents and business were invited to stop in and share stories and ideas for Steep Falls as well as learn more about some of the recent planning efforts that have focused on the village.

Immediately following, there was a Community Forum which featured a short presentation on the Steep Falls Master Plan project and an interactive workshop (including keypad voting) facilitated by the consultants.

The following are the results of the workshop:

Link to Community Workshop Results

Information from the Steep Falls Committee Kick-off Meeting

Notes and discussion topics from the committee’s kick-off meeting with Wright-Pierce consultants on October 24th:

Steep Falls Village Master Plan Notes

Project Background

Link to Steep Falls Improvement Society Facebook page

The Town of Standish has begun the process of establishing a Master Plan for Steep Falls Village, including Growth Area GA1 and Transition Area TA1 as defined in the 2006 Comprehensive Plan. The Village of Steep Falls currently faces many challenges, but seeks to develop a vision and adopt strategies that will capitalize on its particular location and assets, while maintaining its overall character.

As a recommendation of the 2006 Comprehensive Plan, the Town of Standish has developed Village Design Master Plans for Standish Corner Village and Sebago Lake Village, and the Town is now prepared to complete the Master Planning process for the final Village study area of Steep Falls. Following this planning effort, the Town and its consultant will be updating the land use ordinances in accordance with the final Master Plan. To view the Plans and Documents from the previous two village planning efforts, go to the Town of Standish Planning webpage (under "Various Town Documents”).

The Steep Falls Village Master Plan is to be focused on solutions that will benefit all stakeholders in a sustainable manner. Those village center stakeholders include residents, visitors and business owners alike, who frequent the area by means of vehicular and pedestrian oriented transit.

Sustain Southern Maine – Steep Falls Village Pilot Area

The Steep Falls Village Master Plan will benefit from being one of the select Pilot Areas of the Sustain Southern Maine regional project.

Sustain Southern Maine is "a regional partnership of organizations, communities and businesses working together to make our economy, environment and sense of community stronger”. The project is being managed by Greater Portland Council of Governments, funded through $1.6 million three-year Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant through HUD, USDOT and EPA.

Some of the regional issues for this effort include: housing, transportation, recreational and natural resources, locally grown foods, energy, climate change, and policy change (local, state, federal).

Pilot Communities: Ten Centers of Opportunity.

To examine the opportunities and challenges that local communities will face in dealing with this growth, Southern Maine communities in the study area were asked to volunteer a location in their town for use as "learning laboratories”. These locations are being examined with the idea of learning how to create vibrant, lively places positioned to attract the next generation of jobs and housing growth in Maine. While the communities will work with the Sustain Southern Maine team in good faith, they are under no obligation to adopt any recommendations. This allows the Sustain Southern Maine team and each community to explore and present a full range of ideas to the public without pre-supposing what might be acceptable.

Steep Falls Village Website:

Please direct questions to:

Bud Benson

Standish Town Planner
175 Northeast Road
Standish, ME 04084 

Amanda Bunker
Community and Land Use Planner

Travis Pryor
Senior Landscape Architect