Land Use Planning

Land use regulations include zoning, subdivision review, development (site) review, building code, and ordinances regulating daycares, mobile home parks, sludge spreading, signs, wind turbines, cell towers, or other potential nuisances.

Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) provides professional and technical assistance with developing, implementing, administering, and enforcing land use and building regulations.

The following are examples of land use services:

  • Contracted Town Planner: NMDC is able to provide town planner services to a municipality on an hours-per-month contract basis.
  • Technical Assistance: Staff are available by phone, email, or in-person to answer questions of interpretation of regulatory language. When needed, staff may attend planning board or board of appeals meetings to assist a board in the interpretation of provisions of their ordinances.
  • Ordinance Developing: NMDC provides member towns with assistance in drafting ordinance language, ranging from simple amendments to entirely new ordinances. This assistance may include a number of meetings with local boards and other groups to gain information for the drafting process.
  • Comprehensive Planning: Staff will provide assistance to municipalities beginning the development of their comprehensive plans. Staff is available by phone, email, or in-person to answer questions related to the development and review of comprehensive plans. At times, staff can also provide data to be included in the local plan.
  • Board Training: Staff will provide on-site or centralized training to volunteer boards. Topics include general board procedures, development procedures, forms and checklists, review practices, and legal requirements. From time to time, NMDC hosts a series of workshops on procedural or technical planning topics at its Caribou office.


Jay Kamm, Senior Planner
PO Box 779
Caribou, ME 04736
(207) 493-5757
(207) 551-5807 (cell)

Municipal Ordinances: Models and Information
Land Use Planning Partners
Comprehensive Planning

NMDC provides comprehensive planning services funded through the Department of Conservation, Agriculture, and Forestry and the Department of Transportation; municipal dues; and fee-for-service arrangements. Staff provides guidance ranging from phone calls to attendance at meetings and field visits.

NMDC offers assistance to Aroostook County communities in all areas of the preparation of local comprehensive plans.

NMDC helps communities:

  • Form a committee with sufficient local input to prepare a representative comprehensive plan
  • Develop a community vision
  • Write a comprehensive plan through a contract for services and get it approved by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry

Comprehensive Plan Resources

The development of a comprehensive plan requires a significant amount of time and data. There are several locations where data and other information can be obtained.


NMDC is currently seeking properties for our Brownfields program.

Funding is still available for Brownfield environmental site assessments in Phase I and Phase II, but property owners, municipalities, and others need to nominate sites for possible review.

Learn More (videos):

What Are Brownfields?

Phase I and Phase II Assessments

Brownfields Redevelopment


Jay Kamm, Senior Planner
PO Box 779
Caribou, ME 04736
(207) 493-5757
(207) 551-5807 (cell)

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