Land Use, Zoning & Special Zones Maps
The Planning Department maintains land use, zoning and special zone maps showing zones within which various uses are permitted.
The Planning Department is involved with a wide variety of projects from the planning stages to construction. Many of these projects are conducted in conjunction with other City Departments and include a public and private partnership component.
Proposed Amendments to the Land Use Ordinance
This webpage summarizes and provides drafts of both pending and approved proposed amendments to the City of Ellsworth’s land use ordinance (Chapter 56 Unified Development Ordinance) (direct link to City Ordinance page). Any questions about these proposals can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 207-669-6615.
PENDING PROPOSED AMENDMENTS:
Solar Energy Systems & Energy Storage Systems – The proposed amendments would establish standards to regulate the installation, operation, maintenance, decommissioning, and abandonment of solar energy systems and energy storage systems in the City. Proposed amendments include:
- Create additional categories and allowable uses in Article 3, Section 307 Table of Land Uses
- Create additional entries in Article 14 Definitions
- Add the following sections to Article 8 Performance Standards
- Section 823 Solar Energy Systems
- Section 824 Energy Storage Systems
- Section 825 Facility Operations, maintenance, Decommissioning, and Abandonment
The Planning Board held a public hearing on these amendments at their January 8, 2020 and February 5, 2020 meetings. At the February 5, 2020 meeting, the Board made a favorable recommendation to the City Council pending revisions. The Board’s suggested revisions were incorporated into the draft proposal. The draft was also reviewed by the City’s attorney. A public hearing and vote was supposed to take place at the Council’s March 16, 2020 meeting; however, the item was table to the next Council meeting, slated to take place on April 20, 2020.
Solar energy systems have been encouraged by the State of Maine and these proposed amendments are in response to anticipation that the City will receive applications to site commercial solar energy systems in Ellsworth. Other New England state model ordinances and ordinances enacted by other municipalities in Maine were researched in drafting these amendments.
The Ellsworth Comprehensive Plan is tailored to the needs of the Ellsworth community while meeting the goals of the State’s Growth Management Act.
* Zoning map used when developing the Comprehensive Plan. This is not the current Zoning Map.