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).

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.

Ham Recreation Complex Master Plan

Adopted 1/9/24 – The Ham Complex Master Plan was developed by Viewshed Consulting, the Community Development Department, and the Recreation Department. This plan will inform future development at the complex and help create an inclusive hub for recreational amenities in Bridgton.

Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)

The application period for the TOWN OF BRIDGTON AND CUMBERLAND COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM has closed and will re-open November 2024. 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 are reviewed by staff and forwarded to the Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) for a recommendation. The CDAC’s recommendation is then forwarded to the Selectboard for approval.

Questions may be directed to Victoria Hill, Community Development Director via email: or by calling (207)-595-3560.

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 and the Bridgton community to update the 2014 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 

Our Partners

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:

Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG)

Cumberland County Community Development

Cumberland County Public Health

APA (Northern New England Chapter)

Bridgton Community Center

Greater Bridgton Chamber of Commerce

Loon Echo Land Trust

Bridgton Public Library

The Opportunity Alliance

Maine Development Foundation