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Planning Department

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Responsibilities and Services

One of the primary duties of Planning Staff is to advise the Planning Board in the review and approval of new development or redevelopment projects as well as to work with development applicants through the review process.The vast majority of development projects are reviewed under the Subdivision and Site Plan Review section of the Land Use Ordinance.

As for short and long-range planning, the City’s Comprehensive Plan is the guiding document for how Westbrook should grow and develop over the next 10 years and beyond. Planning Staff play an important role in working with the City Council and other committees on updating as well as implementing the Comprehensive Plan. Very often the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan requires changes to the City’s local land use regulations.

In addition, Planning Staff conduct other short and long-range planning studies and initiatives that may pertain to other topics such as transportation, open space and natural resource conservation, affordable housing, and infrastructure planning.


2012 Comprehensive Plan

Developing a Comprehensive Plan is a legal obligation and an opportunity.  The Plan gives us the opportunity to look at where we have been and where we are going as a community.

2007 Downtown Revitalization Study Update

This update based upon the 1999 study focuses on setting a new vision for downtown Westbrook and on broad initiatives for achieving the vision.

2009 Downtown Streetscape Plan

This document is intended to provide guidance to residents, landowners, business owners and decision makers as to the preferred build-out of the streetscape in the downtown business core.

2007 Downtown Parking Study

The implementation of this parking management plan will be an on-going process. This plan is also intended to be a dynamic plan for the City of Westbrook, which should be evaluated on a regular basis, and updated as needed.

Planning Department Staff

Jennie Franceschi – Director of Planning and Code Enforcement

Alex Kee – Assistant City Planner

Linda Gain – Administrative Assistant/E-911 Addressing Officer

Office Hours

7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Monday - Friday

(207) 854-0638