Over the past two years, the Town of Newcastle has been working toward a better way in managing land use in our community. The Newcastle Local Planning Committee (NLPC) was given the task to oversee the creation of a new comprehensive plan and an accompanying code. Over those years, the members of the NLPC and the team from Maine Design Workshop (MDW), who was hired by the Town to put the two documents together, have heard from residents, business owners, and taxpayers about how those in Newcastle live and how we could make our community better. After compiling and analyzing this feedback, MDW has presented to the NLPC and the Town of Newcastle drafts of the new comprehensive plan and character-based code.
Over the next few months, the NLPC will be talking with residents about these drafts, how they can be improved, and the numerous ways in which they stand as a considerable improvement over the existing land use ordinance. Throughout that time, please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions with the members of the NLPC as they work to improve these documents in preparation for a vote in June 2017.
If you wish to provide feedback to the NLPC to assist in their review of these documents, you may use the Google Form we’ve established to gather your questions, concerns, edits, and other pertinent information. If the form does not capture your feedback properly, you also can email the NLPC via email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org