Vision 1: The Scarborough Marsh is central to the Town’s identity, creating a special awareness by our residents of the importance of all of the Town's natural resources, therefore future land use will follow a pattern of development that is sensitive to protecting our beaches, dunes, rivers, open spaces, farmlands, and other elements that comprise our unique ecosystem.
The changes proposed include:
- Requiring a minimum amount of landscape per type of development
- Combining the street buffer yard standards from specific zoning districts into one consolidated table and requiring trees
- Including standards for buffering between residential and commercial uses
- Defining specific landscape required in parking areas
- Defining specific landscape required for building foundation plantings
- Clarifying screening standards for service and mechanical areas and outdoor storage
- Adding protection measures if preservation is proposed
- Clarifying where and when site amenities and bicycle parking facilities are required
- Including specific parameters concerning snow storage on sites
- Updating the approved plant species list to focus on natives and to prohibit invasive species
- Updating the size of plants required to be installed
- Clarifying installation, guarantee and maintenance provisions
- Creating a template to be included on landscape plans for easy understanding of what is required and proposed
- Adding specific waivers that are available with Planning Board approval
Landscape Standards Meeting Schedule
The Long Range Planning Committee began the review process at their meeting on June 7, 2023. Revised drafts were also presented and discussed at their meetings on July 12 and August 9, 2023. At the September 15 meeting, the LRPC made a recommendation to move the final draft to the Ordinance Committee for review.
The Ordinance Committee began the review of the draft Landscape Standards at their meeting on October 12, 2023. The plant list and proposed ordinance amendments will be reviewed by the Ordinance Committee a second time on February 14, 2024.
The new ordinance proposal includes:
- Protections for new development requiring site plan or subdivision approval
- Definitions relating to natural resources
- Natural resource setbacks for wetlands, vernal pools, rivers, streams and brooks, coastal marshes and coastal bluffs
- Vegetated buffers for wetlands, vernal pools, rivers, streams and brooks, coastal marshes and coastal bluffs
- Permitted activities within natural resource setbacks and vegetated buffer areas
- Specifications for natural resource protection plan
- Placeholder for potential waivers
Environmental Standards Meeting Schedule
The Conservation Commission began the ordinance drafting at their meeting on August 9, 2023. Revised drafts were presented and discussed at their meetings on October 16, 2023, November 13, 2023, and December 11, 2023.
On January 24, 2024, the Conservation Commission voted to recommend the final draft be presented to Ordinance Committee. The Ordinance Commitee review is tentatively scheduled for March 13, 2024.
The changes proposed include:
- Clearly defined applicability
- Adding definitions
- Updating materials and colors to current standards
- Reviewing articulation and roofline standards
- Creating a placeholder for future Village Standards (specific to certain locations of town)
Architecture & Site Layout Meeting Schedule
The Long Range Planning Committee began the review process of Architecture and Site Layout Standards during the Summer of 2023. The review has been continuous since, with the next draft of Architectural Standards and Site Layout standards review scheduled for the LRPC meeting on February 9, 2024.
- Clarified applicability, adding language to ensure redevelopment must comply with these standards.
- Added definitions
- Added specific requirements for the lighting plan, enabling staff and the Board a much easier review.
- Added the requirement lighting plans must show the IES standards applied and that the site does not exceed minimums
- Updated permitted lamps and fixtures
- Removed all references to metal halide lamps and replace language with “LED or better fixtures”
- Added time limits for lighting and addressed lighting when businesses are closed
- Required that landscaping up-lights not be on all night.
- Added specific requirements for energy demand, color rendering
- Defined fixture height and placement
- Removed redundant language
- Removed service station lighting – (IES standards will apply)
- Added lighting requirements for athletic fields.
- Addressed service areas
- Removed references to specific wattage.
- Added non-cutoff fixtures and fixtures containing mercury to list of prohibited fixtures
- Addressed temporary and permanent decorative lighting
- Addressed seasonal and holiday lighting
- Removed all language that “encourages” and replace it with requirements.
- Added specific waivers that are available with Planning Board approval
Lighting Standards Meeting Schedule
The Sustainability Committee reviewed the proposed draft on May 24, 2023, and again on July 26, 2023. Staff also forwarded the final draft for a peer review from the Lighting Engineer on the Town's Planning Board.
The Ordinance Committee reviewed the proposed Lighting Standards at their meeting on August 24, 2023. The Ordinance Committee voted to forward the proposal to the full Town Council on September 6, 2023. Town Council voted to move the amendments to the Planning Board.
The Planning Board held a public hearing to discuss the proposed draft Lighting Standards at their meeting on October 10, 2023. Town Council adopted the revised Lighting Standards on October 18, 2023.
Autumn Speer, Director of Planning & Codes