The City of Ellsworth (“the City”) seeks proposals from qualified and experienced professional consultants or consultant firms to work with the City, its staff, Boards and Commissions, and City Council to prepare a Comprehensive Plan, including an Executive Summary, Implementation Plan, and Land Use Map through a public driven process. The City’s current Comprehensive Plan was last updated in 2004.

The purpose of the Comprehensive Plan is to guide city-wide growth and development patterns, investments, and initiatives. It is the foundation for determining effective public policy, master planning, and land use decisions for the future. It will provide an ongoing framework for informed and directed development. It serves as the guiding policy document for many of the City’s most critical decisions. The plan should reflect the needs, values, and priorities of the community while safeguarding the City’s sense of place, history, and natural resources. To this end, the Comprehensive Plan needs to be a realistic document with goals, policies, and guidance that can be holistically and collaboratively implemented.

Direct any questions regarding this request or the plan in general to Matthew Williams, City Planner, by emailing  You can find a PDF copy of this RFP here:  Comprehensive Plan RFP 01-2023 FINAL