The Harpswell Planning Board will lead an effort to update the town’s 2005 comprehensive plan, with assistance from town committees.

The plan will address an array of critical issues, including land use and future residential development; traffic; water resources, including groundwater; the impact of climate change on the maritime environment and local economy; and the growing need for resilient internet and broadband capacity.

Due to the importance and scope of the effort, strong community participation and input will be required to ensure the plan reflects what residents value and want to preserve or improve, and what things might require change.

An ambitious 18-month timeline has been established to complete the effort, with a midterm report expected by the 2022 town meeting and a final report with recommendations presented for approval at the 2023 town meeting.