Maine Act to Help Municipalities Prepare for Sea Level Rise (LD 563)
Maine Governor Janet Mills signed into law LD 563, “An Act to Help Municipalities Prepare for Sea Level Rise” in May 2019. The law amends the State’s growth management and local land-use planning requirements (at Title 30-A, Chapter 187 of the Maine Code) to address the effects of sea-level rise. It allows coastal municipalities and “multimunicipal” regions including coastal municipalities to consider sea level rise projections and potential effects on buildings, transportation infrastructure, sewage treatment facilities, and other municipal or private facilities. The law enables these jurisdictions to integrate strategies for addressing sea-level rise into growth management elements of local or regional comprehensive plans and to develop coordinated plans across jurisdictions.
Title 30-A, Section 4326 of the Maine Statutes was amended to add the following relevant provisions. “A coastal municipality or multimunicipal region that includes a coastal municipality may include in its comprehensive plan projections regarding changes in sea level and potential effects of the rise in sea level on buildings, transportation infrastructure, sewage treatment facilities and other relevant municipal, multimunicipal or privately held infrastructure or property and may develop a coordinated plan for addressing the effects of the rise in sea level. For the purposes of this subsection, "coastal municipality" means a municipality or township in the coastal zone as identified by a coastal program administered by the Department of Marine Resources.”
Publication Date: May 29, 2019
- State of Maine