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What's Happening

Learn more about the projects, opportunities, and trending issues happening in the Town of Scarborough. Use the filter feature to sort by category/department and review the latest advancements, ranging from planning and development, to infrastructure, recreation enhancements, and more. Projects and topics vary in scope and length of time, so check back regularly for updates.

Gorham Road Construction Project
  • Planning
  • Public Works

Learn more about the ongoing Gorham Road Reconstruction Project. The multi-year project entails road surface replacement, drainage upgrades, and a consideration of alternative transportation amenities.

  • Construction
  • Infrastructure
Parks & Facilities Master Plan
  • Community Services

The Town of Scarborough is conducting a comprehensive parks and facilities master plan to allow for meaningful park and recreation facility improvements that yield higher levels of performance and increased enjoyment for all user groups. The plan will be developed with an eye toward the Town’s existing goals, including improving walkability, increasing mixed uses, promoting active and healthy living, and more.

  • Engagement
Spurwink Road Improvement Project
  • Public Works

The Spurwink Road Traffic & Pedestrian Improvement project will cover a two mile stretch from Ocean Avenue to the Spurwink River. The scope of this project includes a road realignment, and the addition and improvement of pedestrian and bicycle amenities. It will also address the dangerous curves and intersections to the greatest extent possible, as well as improve road surface and drainage issues. Learn more about the timeline and ways to share your input.

  • Engagement
  • Infrastructure
Council Outlook
  • Town Council

Learn more about the relevant issues being discussed at the council level. Their goals for the year outline priority direction, and Council Corner articles serve to inform on the perspective of particular councilors on current topics. With regular communication, Town Councilors hope to encourage community engagement in order to drive informed, conscious decisionmaking.

  • Engagement
Townwide Community Survey
  • Town Council

Scarborough conducted a community survey for residents in Fall 2021. Responses have been formatted into a full findings report, slideshow presentation with key highlights, and visually represented through GIS mapping. The results of the 2021 survey will remain on the website to view at any time and the Town Council and departments will use this data as a reference point when developing goals.

  • Engagement
aerial view of road
  • Planning

The Towns of Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough are collaborating on future strategies for Sawyer Road (Cape Elizabeth) and Sawyer Street (Scarborough), which includes a section of road crossing the Scarborough Marsh that floods multiple times a year. The municipalities may decide to study the impact of a planned removal of the portion of Sawyer Road/Street located in the marsh. 

  • Environment
  • Infrastructure
project map
  • Public Works

The Downs development is a proposed multi-phase redevelopment that will eventually include all the Scarborough Downs property and generate over 2,000 peak hour traffic trips. Learn more about the significant infrastructure and transportation network improvements that will be occurring in the Town of Scarborough, and beyond, associated with the development at the Downs.

  • Downs
  • Growth
  • Infrastructure
grassy field
  • Planning
  • Town Council

The Growth Management Ordinance (GMO) is a very specific tool to manage the pace of development within our community and regulates how much of the allowable growth in an area can occur in a single year. It was originally adopted in 2001 in reaction to the rapid single-family housing development that was prevalent in the late 1990s and early 2000s and its impact on our school facilities and municipal services. A new Growth Management Ordinance was most recently approved by the Town Council in May 2021.

  • Growth
project map
  • Town Council

Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, is a finance tool used by municipalities to leverage property taxes on new developments in a specified district to allocate to designated project areas. Scarborough uses TIFs as a means of maximizing potential from new growth and development in town, and enhancing the quality of life for residents.

  • Downs
  • Growth
Route One/Pine Point Resiliency
  • Planning

Scarborough received a Community Action Grant for $46,240 for its proposed project, “Climate-Ready Infrastructure: Building a Resilient Route 1 and Pine Point Road”. The funding will be used to develop resiliency strategies for US Route 1 where it crosses Scarborough Marsh and State Route 9 (Pine Point Road) near the Maine Audubon Center. US Route 1 is a major mobility corridor that stretches through the heart of Scarborough. 

coastal topo map
  • Planning

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New England District, plans to perform dredging of the Scarborough River Federal Navigation Project (FNP). The work involves maintenance dredging and removal of up to 130,000 cubic yards of primarily sandy sediment from the entire Scarborough River FNP and will restore the authorized channels and anchorage to the authorized FNP dimensions. The project would be performed continuously over a three- to four-month period, between November 1, 2023 and March 14, 2024.

  • Environment
Comprehensive Plan
  • Planning

The Comprehensive Plan is a community-wide initiative outlining a vision for the future of Scarborough. The plan analyzes existing conditions and emerging trends, illustrates a plan for future development and conservation, provides the Town with strategies for sustainability, and steps for implementation. The most recent Comprehensive Plan was completed in June 2021.

  • Environment
  • Growth
blue light bulb
  • Public Works

LED lights consume a fraction of the electricity consumed by metal halide or high pressure sodium lights to produce an equivalent amount light. LED street lights offer advantages over older lighting technologies and can reduce electricity consumption for street lighting by 75%. LED fixtures will save Scarborough money. Implementing this project offers significant financial benefits to the Town.