June 05, 2020

Comprehensive plan key to Frankfort growth

FRANKFORT — Since the Maine Comprehensive Planning and Land Use Regulation Act was enacted in April 1988, several events have affected Frankfort’s progress in developing an acceptable growth management program.

Last March the town voted, without opposition, to raise $4,022.04 in order to prepare a comprehensive plan as mandated by the act.

In June, following a public meeting at the Frankfort Elementary School, a comprehensive plan committee was formed with Laurence Redmond and Raoul Pelletier to act as co-chairmen.

During subsequent public meetings, 10 subcommittees were created and each became responsible for a portion of the data to be accumulated and analyzed.

A work program was submitted to the Maine Department of Economic Community Development last September. With help from the Penobscot Valley Council of Governments, some minor revisions were made and the program was accepted.

The Frankfort planning grant contract was submitted to the DECD along with the initial request for state funds. The state is committed to provide three times the amount expended by the town in the form of matching grant money. The committee spent $187 in 1989, mostly for survey expenses.

Last November, the committee mailed a survey form to Frankfort residents in an effort to get as much feedback as possible on what citizens want. The response was good, with 40 percent of the surveys returned. The data has been tabulated and analyzed and is available for the public to view.

The committee meets every Thursday evening at the town office. Items of interest include population studies, existing land use, housing, public facilities and services, local economy, natural and marine resources, and roads and transportation.

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday evening, April 5, at the town office. Additional information may be obtained from the town office, tel. 223-5546.

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