Department of Planning & Development
Offices of Planning, Code Enforcement, Economic Development, and Community Development
496 Ocean Street
(Former Hamlin School Building)
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone number: 207-767-7603
Fax number: 207-767-2197
Tex Haeuser, Planning and Development Director
Tex has been the Planning Director for the City of South Portland since 1990 after holding planning positions at Southern Kennebec Regional Planning and the Town of Cumberland. He has a B.A. in Religion and an M.A. in Planning. Tex’s primary interests are in clean energy, alternate modes of transportation, sustainable economics, and architecture. He was recognized as Maine’s Professional Planner of the Year in 2010.
Community Planner: Stephen Puleo
Community Planner: Justin Barker
Administrative Assistant: Adin Wolfgram
The Planning Department plans for the growth and redevelopment of the City.
Our mission is: To maintain the quality of life of a flourishing community in which each resident is reasonably able to achieve his or her highest potential.
Using Chapters 5, 24, and 27 of the South Portland Code of Ordinance as reference, the mission of the Planning Department is accomplished through:
- Facilitating increased economic activity.
- Protecting the City’s tax base – which supports needed municipal services - by promoting standards attractive to investment.
- Protecting the natural environment and promoting excellence in the design of the built environment.
- Providing City decision-makers with quality information and analysis of alternatives.
- Promoting effective public participation.
Common Community Planning and Development Economic Development Developing and Revising Ordinances, Standards, & Regulations Responding to Land Use Actions Potentially Affecting the City Public Assistance & Education Grant Writing and Grant Administration Review of Development Projects Reviewing, Updating, and Implementing the Comprehensive Plan
The Planning Department is the liasion for the Planning Board. The Planning Board reviews and approves new development and redevelopment projects.
The Code Enforcement section of the Department of Planning and Development issues permits and conducts inspections for all electrical, plumbing, and building work done within the City. Code Enforcement staff provides technical information relative to zoning and reviews and comments on site plans for conformance with the zoning code, and staffs the Board of Appeals.
The Economic Development section of the Department of Planning and Development is a liaison with the business community, providing technical assistance, and leading business retention and attraction efforts for the City. Economic Development staff collaborate with a variety of community organizations and educational institutions to improve quality of life in the community, promote workforce development, and encourage investment in the community. The economic development program is assisted by the City's Economic Development Committee.
The Community Development section of the Department of Planning and Development works to improve living environments, provide safe and affordable housing, and improve economic opportunities, primarily to low-to-moderate income residents. This is accomplished through competitive grants from the Community Development Block Grant Program in collaboration with the Cumberland County Community Development Program. The community development program is overseen by the City's Community Development Advisory Committee.