Comprehensive Planning Committee


  • Once a month, see City Calendar
  • City Hall, Council Chambers
    131 Church Street
    Belfast, ME 04915

Members: 7 Members/1 Consultant

  • Jill Goodwin, Ward #1
  • Thomas Fowler, Ward #2
  • VACANCY, Ward #3
  • Syrena Gatewood, Ward #4
  • VACANCY, Ward #5
  • Anne Saggese, At Large
  • John Carrick, At Large
  • Noel Musson, Consultant
  • Manda Cushman, Assistant to the City Manager - Staff Contact 

Committee Membership

  • The Comprehensive Planning Committee shall be composed of seven members, with at least one representative from each of the five wards. Two members shall be considered At Large members.

General Duties:

The duties of the Comprehensive Planning Committee include:

  1. Monitoring the implementation of the policies contained in the comprehensive plan and advising the Planning Board and City Council as to consistency with the comprehensive plan when land use ordinances or amendments are being considered.
  2. Following a work plan mutually agreed upon or as directed by the City Council, and making recommendations to the City Council for changes to the comprehensive plan.
  3. Evaluating the merits of citizens' requests for changes to the comprehensive plan.
  4. Soliciting public views of preferred future development of the City, as it pertains to the comprehensive plan.
  5. Maintaining liaison with planning bodies in neighboring towns and with the state planning office and ensuring that the City's comprehensive plan is consistent with state requirements.
  6. Analyzing newly available data (e.g., census data) on population and property trends and advising the Council as to any changes in the comprehensive plan that the new data warrants.
  7. Reviewing the comprehensive plan to prepare recommendations to remove language or sections that are overly specific that should be contained in the implementation ordinances only, recognizing that the comprehensive plan is a policy document and that ordinances are the implementation of those policies. Duplication and redundancy should be eliminated.