Bridgton Community Development Department

Community Development: “A process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems”  ~United Nations

The Community Development Department oversees planning and economic development activities including the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG).

Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)

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 2025. 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.

Applications are due January 4, 2024 before 4:00 PM. Applicants are encouraged to attend a public workshop with CDAC and staff to review requirements and project eligibility. The workshop will take place December 13, 2023 at 9:00 AM. Any questions may be directed to Victoria Hill, Community Development Director for the Town of Bridgton via email to or by calling (207)-595-3560.

CDBG 2024-25 Public Facilities and Infrastructure Application
CDBG 2024-25 Public Facilities and Infrastructure Budget Sheet

CDBG 2024-25 Public Services Application
CDBG 2024-25 Public Services Budget Sheet

Town of Bridgton Open Space Plan

Adopted 7/25/2023- This plan will guide the future of public access to the Town’s natural resources and recreation areas.

Funded by the Governer’s Office of Policy, Innovation and the Future Community Action Grant Program.

Bridgton’s new Open Space Committee is seeking members! This committee is charged with implementing the Open Space Plan that was approved this summer. If you are interested in shaping the future of Bridgton’s open space, please fill out the committee application. Physical copies of the application are available at the Town Office. Applications are due December 1st and will be approved at the December 12th Select Board meeting.


MISSION AND CHARGE: The Open Space Committee acts as an advisory committee and resource to the Select Board. The Committee will coordinate with other entities within the Town government including the Comprehensive Plan Update Task Force, Recreation Department, and Community Development Advisory Committee. The key element of the Committee’s mission is to carry out the implementation chapter (chapter 7) of the Town of Bridgton Open Space Plan.

Ham Recreation Complex Master Plan

The Town of Bridgton will be working with Viewshed to develop a master plan for our 15.4-acre municipal sports complex. The purpose of this project is to develop a strategic plan for updating and developing athletic and recreation facilities to include estimated associated costs, potential funding sources, and potential impacts of redevelopment along with the associated agencies involved in permitting the projects. Most importantly, the plan will provide site plans for allowable development configurations so the Town can begin a phased approach to redevelopment.  

Timeline: August 2023 – December 2023

Regional & Tribal Broadband Partners Program

The Regional & Tribal Broadband Partners Program will help deploy, sustain and maximize the benefits of broadband infrastructure investment in all state regions. Each partner will build and lead digital inclusion efforts in each their region and tribe while also providing support for community and regional-scale broadband infrastructure solutions and investments.

Please participate in the survey below as part of the Regional Broadband Partners Program, the program run by the Maine Connectivity Authority (MCA) with the goal of creating a statewide digital equity plan. As a partner in this program, GPCOG has been tasked with creating the digital equity plan for Cumberland County.

Take the survey!

Town of Bridgton Comprehensive Plan

Check out the Comprehensive Plan Project Website!

The Community Development Department centers its work around The Town of Bridgton Comprehensive Plan. The current plan was adopted in 2014, and over the next 18 months we will be working with BerryDunn to write a new plan! Go to our website above to participate in the planning process! Your input matters!

The current plan can be viewed here.

Bridgton Economic and Market Analysis

View Economic and Market Analysis     Summary

View Economic and Market Analysis     Full Report