Department of Planning & Development

(Code Enforcement, Planning and Engineering)

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

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.

Principal Functions
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.


Code Enforcement

The Code Enforcement portion 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.