Over the past three years, the Town of Newcastle has been working toward a better way to manage 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.
On June 12th, the Town adopted the new Comprehensive Plan by a 2 to 1 margin. The approved plan will be sent to approval by the State of Maine within the next few weeks. The Board of Selectmen will soon appoint a Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee which will oversee the integration of the recommendations within the plan into Town policy. The approved Comprehensive Plan can be found here: Comprehensive Plan June 12 2018 Approved
The NLPC has finished reviewing the last draft of the Code and, with input from the community, made significant edits to the Character Code and submitted it to the Board of Selectmen with a recommendation to place it on the warrant to be voted on November 6, 2018.
Character Code can be found here: Newcastle Character Code