Cape Elizabeth Town Center plan updated and scheduled for review

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CAPE ELIZABETH — The Town Center plan created in 1993, which became a Town Council priority last year, has been updated.

The plan will be reviewed by the council in an upcoming workshop to determine if the recommendations that have not been implemented merit further consideration or action.

The meeting has not been scheduled, but the council will hold its next workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 6

While more than half of the 37 Town Center recommendations made in 1993 have been implemented, some are continuing or incomplete due to financial restrictions or lack of support.

With the help of Town Planner Maureen O’Meara, Councilor Jessica Sullivan presented an overview of the Town Center map and updated plan at a council meeting in June. She said the recommendations provide short- and long- term planning goals and should be reviewed.

The vision of the plan adopted by the Town Council in 1993 was to create a Town Center that “includes a village feeling, mixed retail uses targeted to residents, a pedestrian inviting environment, a common meeting place, visual vitality, and linkages to the Town’s open space and school assets.”

According to the plan, about a dozen items have not been competed and may be reviewed by the council.

The recommendation to place all utility lines underground has not been implemented because of cost, and while a storm-water management study has been competed, there has been no funding to create a storm-water management system.

The council may consider the merits of reducing the speed limit on Route 77, may evaluate on-street parking along one side of a portion of Route 77, and may investigate the development of a new local road in the Town Center.

Councilors may also address the need to create a pedestrian path from the Town Hall to Thomas Memorial Library, a town green or common open space between the Town Hall and the Pond Cove Shopping Center and an enhanced gateway at the intersection of Route 77 and Fowler and Old Ocean House roads.

Sullivan emphasized the plan’s recommendation to complete sidewalks in the Town Center and presented an updated map indicating areas where sidewalks have been created and where they are needed.

To view the Town Center Plan and 2011 update, visit the town website.

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or aanderson@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @amy_k_anderson.

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