South Portland Progress

CLIMATE RESILIENCE

12 in progress
5 not started

(updated December 2021)


CR 1.1 Resilient New Development

Integrate resilience standards and targets into Portland and South Portland’s land use code to minimize flood risk and promote resilient buildings and neighborhoods citywide.

Status: In progress

Update: Working with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, REMA< NOAA, USDA, USGS, and Maine ACFD to complete dynamic coastal flood inundation modeling for South Portland; developing a resilience zoning overlay to minimize impacts of and align new  development with climate hazards (updated December 2021)

Transformative potential: Regenerative, resilient

Key Milestones: No new incompatible, vulnerable, or hazardous uses built in areas of highest flood risk by 2026 (with adoption of resilience overlays)

CR 1.2 Resilient Existing Buildings

Build knowledge, tools, and resources on climate risks and adaptation options for buildings and property.

Status: Not started

Update: Upcoming, exploring participation in FEMA community rating system; working to introduce an integrated planning process for resilience measures across City departments (updated December 2021)

Transformative potential: Resilient

Key Milestones: All city residents have access to tools to assess future flood risk to property by 2026; Maine real estate flood risk disclosure required by 2026

CR 1.3 Resilient Open Space Planning

Establish open space climate resilience goals and protocols for monitoring process towards those goals in Portland and South Portland’s open space planning.

Status: In progress

Update: Adopted an ordinance to tier City properties for open space protection; adopted park and open space zoning districts that reflect current and fututre land use intentions; updated Open Space Acquisition Fund to acquire new or augment existing open space (updated December 2021)

Transformative potential: Regenerative, resilient

Key Milestones: Benchmark ecosystem and resilience metrics for open spaces and establish performance goals by 2028

CR 2.1 Housing Affordability and Resilience

Continue to expand access to resilient and energy efficient affordable housing, contributing to diverse and inclusive communities.

Status: In progress

Update: Planning Division commissioned a Housing Needs Assessment to document existing housing conditions, identify market and other forces that affect housing supply and demand, and identify gaps or deficiencies in maintaining equitable access and housing (updated December 2021)

Transformative potential: Equitable, regenerative, resilient

Key Milestone: Establish affordable housing goal through comprehensive plan or standalone process*

*South Portland-specific milestone

CR 2.2 High Heat Mitigation

Expand the “cooling capacity” of Portland and South Portland.

Status: In progress

Update: In the process of adopting a tree protection ordinance; Parks Department is pursuing funding for a tree inventory and canopy assessment (updated December 2021)

Transformative potential: Equitable, regenerative, resilient

Key Milestone: All residents live within a half mile of a cooling center by 2035; all residents live within a half mile of a park or open space by 2035

CR 2.3 Resilient Food Systems

Cultivate healthy, regenerative, and just food systems.

Status: In progress

Update: Parks Department is establishing a new community garden at Redbank Village and updating the community garden at Hinkley Park to add more garden spaces and a food forest (updated December 2021)

Transformative potential: Equitable, regenerative, resilient

Key Milestone: Establish small grants for food system innovators by 2025; secure funding to commission foodshed assessment by 2028; expand access to community agriculture to all neighborhoods to meet demand

CR 2.4 Transportation Access

Continue to prioritize decision-making processes and transit investments that advance equity in our cities.

Status: In progress

Update: South Portland Bus Service is partnering with GPCOG on their “Bus Ambassadors” program, which aims to help people, especially new Mainers, navigate using transit (updated December 2021)

Transformative potential: Equitable, regenerative, resilient

Key Milestone: Address first round of proposals made by Community Transportation Leaders by 2026

CR 2.5 Neighborhood Resources

Support and strengthen our existing community resources.

Status: In progress

Update: Developing an Equity Atlas which overlays neighborhood-level social vulnerabilities, climate risks, and community assets to inform development of future neighborhood-based resilience programs (updated December 2021)

Transformative potential: Equitable, regenerative, resilient

Key Milestone: Award the first round of community organizations or neighborhood groups with resilience grants by 2025

CR 3.1 Resilient Working Waterfronts

Create an ongoing platform for collaborative planning to ensure that Portland and South Portland’s port and waterfronts can respond, adapt, and thrive with new climate stresses.

Status: Not started

Update: Upcoming, Waterfront Master Plan through Comprehensive Plan Update (updated December 2021)

Transformative potential: Equitable, regenerative, resilient

Key Milestone: Grant funding and partnerships secured for resilient working waterfronts project by 2026

CR 3.2 Workforce a Resilient Economy

Attract, mentor, and build the skills of our cities’ workers to partake in quality jobs that help build a diverse, resilient, and regenerative economy.

Status: Not started

Update: None (Updated December 2021)

Transformative potential: Equitable, regenerative, resilient

Key Milestone: Targets set through the collaboration for net increases in individuals trained in specific sustainability and resilience fields

CR 3.3 Climate-Ready Industries and Innovation

Build the capacity of the businesses and industries in our cities to bounce back, adapt, and innovate.

Status: In progress

Update: Economic Development supported small businesses through a COVID hardship grant and is promoting a harbor restoration project through public-private partnerships (updated December 2021)

Transformative potential: Regenerative, resilient

Key Milestone: Revise land use policies to reduce barriers to traditional and merging marine related industries by 2026

CR 4.1 Stormwater Systems

Use modeling and flood data to upgrade the Cities’ stormwater and sewer systems to handle future climate scenarios.

Status: In progress

Update: Water Resources Protection is in the process of fully implementing a comprehensive asset management system with complete geospatial data for stormwater and sewer systems (updated December 2021)

Transformative potential: Resilient

Key Milestone: Full geospatial data set completed for sewer and stormwater system by 2024; hydrologic/hydraulic drainage model completed by 2028

CR 4.2 Green Infrastructure

Expand the use of green infrastructure systems to capture and infiltrate the first inch of stormwater in any storm.

Status: In progress

Update: Water Resources Protection is participating in the development of a regional model Low Impact Development Ordinance that will require new and redevelopment projects to implement LID strategies consistent with One Climate Future resilience measures (Updated December 2021)

Transformative potential: Regenerative, resilient

Key Milestone: 5% of the cities’ impervious surfaces converted to green infrastructure by 2035; 10% by 2040; and 15% by 2050

CR 4.3 Energy Systems

Build Portland and South Portland’s energy resilience.

Status: Not started

Update: None (updated December 2021)

Transformative potential: Equitable, regenerative, resilient

Key Milestone: Development of Resilient Power Plan  by 2026; all new development over 500,000 square feet to evaluate district energy/microgrids starting within one year of microgrid enabling legislation

CR 4.4 Transportation Systems

Adopt a risk-based transportation asset management approach.

Status: Not started

Update: Upcoming, South Portland will continue to build out a complete geospatial inventory of transportation assets and add risk assessment to criticality and asset condition/lifespan measures (updated December 2021)

Transformative potential: Resilient

Key Milestone: Climate hazards and resilience indicators applied to all asset management decision-making by 2028

CR 5.1 Ecosystem Adaptive Management

Strengthen ecosystem resilience through enhancing connectivity, biodiversity, and healthy habitat.

Status: In progress

Update: Adopted fertilizer ordinance; Parks Department conducted education about winter moth and continues its campaign to remove invasive plants at City parks; Parks Department and Planning Division are developing a Willard Beach Master Plan; Water Protection and Resources continues to work closely with the Long Creek Watershed Management District to reduce stormwater pollution; the City will be involved in a pilot project to reduce the amount of salt applied in the winter to save money and reduce chloride toxicity for aquatic organisms; WPR staff have been working closely with the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership to identify opportunities throughout the region for implementing living shoreline projects (updated December 2021)

Transformative potential: Resilient

Key Milestone: Fertilizer ordinance adopted by 2022; No net coastal wetland loss by 2035; establish biodiversity and connectivity targets by 2028

CR 5.2 Soil Health

Build back the health of our soils for ecological vitality, water infiltration, and carbon sequestration.

Status: In progress

Update: Adopted soil standards for new development; developing a “100 Resilient Yards” program (Updated December 2021)

Transformative potential: Regenerative, resilient

Key Milestone: Post-construction soil health standards adopted for new construction or major renovations by 2025; “100 Resilient Yards” achieved in each city by 2028