Goal

Action

How

When

Who

NEIGHBORHOOD STREETSCAPES

 

 

 

 

Preserve Dead End Streets

 

 

 

Review and prioritize existing dead-end streets.

Visit each dead-end street.

ST, MT

WNA, Planning, Engineering

 

 

 

 

A pedestrian linkage plan should be developed for dead-end and paper streets.

Neighborhood and City jointly work together in developing a plan that meets the neighborhood needs.

MT

WNA, Planning, Conservation Commission, Land Trust

 

 

 

 

After linkage plan is in place, recommend appropriate discontinuation/vacation of dead-end streets

Petition City Council

MT

Abutters, Planning Board, City Council

Sidewalks/Esplanades/Street Trees/Crosswalks

 

 

 

Inventory neighborhood for gaps in sidewalks.

Walk neighborhood and talk to neighbors.

MT

Public Works, Engineering

 

 

 

 

Concrete sidewalks shall be exclusively used on all replacement and new sidewalks.

Recommend to Public Works; request in budget.

OG

Public Works

 

 

 

 

The use of grassed esplanades should be incorporated between sidewalks and streets.

Preserve existing esplanades and promote the use of esplanades when new sidewalks are installed

OG

Public Works

 

 

 

 

Older street trees should be removed and replaced where necessary in accordance with the Parks Dept. tree inventory.

City Arborist performs a bi-annual review of neighborhood street trees.

OG

Parks

Intersection Enhancements

 

 

 

Crosswalks shall be installed / maintained in high pedestrian traffic locations.

Annual maintenance of existing crosswalks and a review of intersections that needs crosswalks.

ST, OG

Public Works

 

 

 

 

Relocation of crosswalk at Pillsbury and Cottage.

Work with Police Department on acceptable location.

ST

Public Works, Police

 

Review the safety of the Woodbury/Preble Street intersection.

Study intersection and present alternatives to address safety concerns.

ST

Engineering; Police Dept; MDOT

 

 

 

 

 

Neighborhood Livability

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Create Neighborhood Core

 

 

 

Develop Willard Square into neighborhood center.

Petition City Council for public infrastructure enhancement funds (CIP Budget)

MT

City Council; CIP Budget; WNA

 

 

 

 

Attract and promote small service businesses in the Square.

Adjust zoning ordinance to be attractive to small business

OG

Planning Dept; Planning Board; City Council; WNA

 

 

 

 

Provide neighborhood identity/directional signs within the Square.

Locate key areas within neighborhood to place directional signs

ST; MT

Planning Dept; City Council; CIP Budget; Public Works

 

 

 

 

Provide public seating and greenspace within the Square.

Through the redesign of the intersection

MT

City Council; Engineering, CIP Budget

 

 

 

 

Explore alternative traffic pattern in the Square.

Study the traffic patterns of the intersection

ST; MT

Engineering; Planning; outside Consultant

 

 

 

 

Explore possible on-street and off-street parking for business in the Square.

Through the redesign of the intersection and an active thorough search of neighboring available properties adjacent to the square.

ST

Engineering; Planning; WNA

 

 

 

 

Develop zoning regulations to promote the transformation of Willard Square into an attractive New England style village (similar to Knightville Design District).

Petition and work with City to modify zoning ordinance

MT

Planning; Planning Board; City Council

Sound & Responsible Development

 

 

 

Work closely with the City when developments are proposed.

City involves WNA early through neighborhood meeting.

ST; OG

WNA; Planning

 

 

 

 

Make early contact / relations with potential developers.

Amended zoning/subdivision ordinance and Planning Board Regulations to add the requirement

ST

WNA; Planning; Planning Board; City Council

 

 

 

 

Enhance and maintain existing business corridors.

Explore the City’s CIP Budget and/or CDBG program funds.

OG

WNA; Planning; City Council; Community Development Advisory Board


 

Recreation & Open Space

 

 

 

 

Willard Beach

 

 

 

Dunes and beach maintenance and kept clean daily.

Parks & Recreation working with WNA on developing an on-going daily/weekly maintenance plan for the beach.

OG

Parks & Recreation; WNA

 

 

 

 

Continuous seasonal upgrading of plantings at entrances; benches; beach house; play area fishing shacks; and parking lot.

The WNA Beach Committee works with the Parks Department in developing a planting plan for the Willard Beach area.

OG

Parks & Recreation; WNA

 

 

 

 

Continue to provide the opportunity for storage of punts and mooring of boats.

Petition City Council for authorization

ST

City Council; WNA

 

 

 

 

Clear and attractive signage expanded and maintained to be reviewed annually/seasonally.

Petition City Council for acceptable locations.  WNA should develop design templates of what the signs will look like.

ST

City Council; WNA

 

 

 

 

Willard Beach shall remain in the public domain in perpetuity with total and free public access.

Work with Parks and Recreation and the City Council to assure the continued public access is preserved.

ST; OG

City Council; Parks & Recreation

Spring Point Shoreway

 

 

 

Continue to provide seasonal maintenance and upgrading to paths, stairways; arboretum; playgrounds and picnic areas.

Work with Parks and Recreation in developing a short term and long range maintenance and replacement plan for the area.

OG

Parks & Recreation; WNA

 

 

 

 

Annual review to preserve and maintain clear and attractive markers for these historic sites.

WNA; Maine Historical Society; SMCC

OG

WNA; Maine Historical; SMCC

 

 

 

 

Preserve and maintain important historical sites such as the Old Settlers Cemetery and Fort Preble in their original form.

WNA; Maine Historical Society; SMCC

OG

WNA; Maine Historical; SMCC

 

Preserve Existing Open Space

 

 

 

Continuous upgrading and maintenance of existing as well as future open space (ex. Willard School Park)

Work with Parks & Recreation and the City Council for allocated funding to provide enhancements to open spaces.

ST; OG

Parks & Recreation; WNA; City Council

 

 

 

 

Adopt 2001 Open Space Plan

Petition City Council.

ST

City Council; Planning Office

 

 

 

 

Maintain existing open space within the neighborhood.  Explore the feasibility and aggressively seek to acquire and preserve future open space(s) with funds from the City’s Land Bank account.

Work with the Conservation Commission; Land Trust and the City to identify and acquire important neighborhood open space.

ST; MT

Land Trust; Conservation Commission; City Council; Land Bank Fund

Relationship with SMCC/Student Housing

 

 

 

Encourage neighborhood residents to open their homes to SMCC students (boarders).

The WNA should educate the neighborhood residents about the possibility of having students as boarders.

OG

WNA; SMCC

 

 

 

 

Fundraising should be explored to provide a SMCC student scholarship/internship with the WNA.

Provide an opportunity to an SMCC student to work for the WNA providing neighbor-hood enhancements and support to the WNA Board.

OG

WNA; SMCC

 

 

 

 

Work with the administration at SMCC to provide a conduit between students looking for housing and the neighborhood.

Provide SMCC Administration with a local list and/or web page address of WNA site for homes within the neighborhood that have boarder rooms available.

OG

WNA; SMCC

Social & Cultural Opportunities

 

 

 

Provide outreach to the neighborhood’s senior citizen population offering them program locations and transportation alternatives.

Petition the Transportation and Recreation Departments to provide senior transportation to recreation activities.

MT

Recreation Department; Transportation Department; Southern Maine Agency of Aging/Property; CDBG Funds; CIP Funds

 

 

 

 

Encourage and help promote cultural events on the SMCC campus.

WNA to work with the respective individuals/companies to continue performances.

OG

WNA; Parks Department; SMCC

 

 

 

 

Develop a plan to integrate more public art within the neighborhood.

WNA petition City Council for acceptance of program to partner with local artist to display their work.  The WNA will identify key locations for the placement of the art.

OG

WNA; City Council; Local Artists

 

 

 

 

Develop neighborhood lecture series to be held at specific historical locations within the neighborhood.

WNA works with local historians to provide lecture series.

OG

SP/CE Historical Society; Portland Harbor Museum; WNA

 

 

 

 

Explore the possibility of using Small Elementary School for annual/semi-annual neighborhood potluck / block parties.

WNA petitions Small School Principal and School Board for use of Small School.

OG

WNA; Small School Administration; School Board

 

Provide accessibility of public areas.

Document existing conditions.  Work with City on necessary improvements.

ST; OG

WNA; Engineering; Parks Department

 

Create a neighborhood gathering place.

Review potential public facility locations.  Enlist assistance of neighborhood groups, businesses, and City representatives to promote this.  Petition City Council for inclusion in CIP budget.

MT, LT

WNA, City Council, neighborhood groups, neighborhood businesses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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