Community Development Director
(207) 647-8786 (main)
(207) 803-9956 (direct)
(207) 595-3560 (mobile)
Deputy Community Development Director
(207) 647-8786 (main)
(207) 803-9960 (direct)
Bridgton participates in, collaborates with, and learns from a wider community of planning and community development organizations, both locally and nationwide. Here are a few of our favorites:
In 2014, Bridgton voters adopted a Comprehensive Plan for the town, around which much of the current Community Development Department work is focused. You can view the Comprehensive Plan here.
Main Street Streetscape Project – History / Phase I
The early stages of this project were documented on a blog available here.
Phase I of the project was completed on November 10, 2016. Phase II is now underway.
About Bridgton Community Development
The Bridgton Community Development Department oversees and directs all planning and development activities.
“A process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems” ~United Nations
BRIDGTON ECONOMIC AND MARKET ANALYSIS
Economic and Market Analysis Summary click here.
Economic and Market Analysis Full Report click here.
Join the Comprehensive Plan Update Task Force
It is time for the Town of Bridgton to update the 2014 Comprehensive Plan. The Community Development Department is calling for community members to join a task force that will create a resilient, sustainable, and equitable 2024 comprehensive plan that will guide us through the next ten years. For more information on the process, please review the Maine State Planning Office’s Comprehensive Planning: A Manual for Maine Communities.
If you’re interested in taking part in this important task over the next two years, please fill out this form.
“The Comprehensive Planning and Land Use Act brought an explicit, new dimension to municipal comprehensive plans: prevent development sprawl. To achieve that goal, comprehensive plans must direct most of the anticipated growth to areas of town designated as “growth” areas, and away from “rural” areas. This is at the heart of the law: to find ways to continue to build neighborhoods and commercial centers where they make the most sense in order to accommodate and stimulate economic growth, and, at the same time, conserve large rural territories as working landscapes and natural gems.”
-Comprehensive Planning: A Manual for Maine Communities, p. xi. Maine State Planning Office 2005
Maine Rent Relief Program Now Accepting Applications
MaineHousing has re-opened the state rent relief program. Tenants and landlords can learn more about program rules and submit an application here: https://www.mainehousing.org/programs-services/rental/rentaldetail/covid-19-rental-relief-program
TOWN OF BRIDGTON AND CUMBERLAND COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM 2022
Please be advised the Town of Bridgton is soliciting applications for the TOWN OF BRIDGTON AND CUMBERLAND COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM for fiscal year 2022. Applications are due January 11, 2022 on or before 4:00 PM. Applications shall fall under the following types of projects/programs: Public Service, Public Infrastructure/Facility, Housing, Downtown Revitalization, or Economic Development. Applications must meet one of two national objectives: serving those with low to moderate income or for the elimination of slum and blight. Applications will be reviewed by staff and forwarded to the Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) for a recommendation, and then forwarded to the Selectboard for approval. For Infrastructure project applications click here. For Public Service applications click here. For the Excel budget spreadsheet click here. Applicants are encouraged to attend a public workshop with CDAC staff to review requirements and project eligibility. The workshop will take place December 15, 2022 at 9:00 AM. Any questions may be directed to Linda LaCroix, Community Development Director for the Town of Bridgton via email to email@example.com or by calling (207)-595-3560.
Main Street Streetscape Project Focus Areas
Main Street Streetscape Project – Phase II
Renovation and improvements to the upper portion of Main Street from Pondicherry Square to the Monument.
Lower Main Street Reconstruction Project
Reconstruction, renovation, and improvements to the lower portion of Main Street from Pondicherry Square to Cross Street.
MAIN STREET STREETSCAPE – RENY’S ROADWAY WIDTH EXHIBIT
Updated design drawing of the portion of roadway near Reny’s (Focus Area 3). Existing road widths, curbing, striping, and sidewalks are show in red; proposed show in black.