Planning Division

Staff Directory: 

Name Position Phone Email
Milan Nevajda Planning Director 207-767-7649
Stephen Puleo Community Planner 207-767-7648
Adin Wolfgram   Administrative Assistant   207-767-7594 





The mission of the Planning Division within the Planning & Development Department is to promote a safe, attractive, equitable and prosperous South Portland. The Division strives to achieve this through our service areas and strategic approach:

  1. Current Planning: overseeing development project review with the citizen Planning Board
  2. Maintenance and enforcement of land use regulations
  3. Long range planning for our community and its neighborhoods
  4. Facilitating desirable forms of economic activity and development
  5. Protecting the City’s tax base to support municipal services by attracting investment
  6. Protecting the natural environment and promoting excellence in the design of the built environment
  7. Providing decision-makers with quality information and analysis of alternatives
  8. Meaningful community engagement
  9. Board, Committee, and Commission representation
  10. Collaboration with City, community, and state or regional partners

Planning Board Active and Recent Projects:

Map in Development.

Meet Your Planning Director:


Milan Nevajda joined the South Portland Planning & Development Department as Planning Director in April, 2020. Milan's experience includes development review, long-range and master planning, economic development strategic planning, and environmental protection.

Prior to joining South Portland, Nevajda led the Sonoma County Planning Division, covering a 1,770 square mile region, 76-mile coastal zone, 500,000 residents, and over 50 staff.  Milan previously worked for the Town of New Gloucester as in 2013 before moving to planning consulting; first in Maine then in the Bay Area, California. As a consultant Milan worked on South Portland’s Mill Creek master plan.

Milan holds a Master of Urban Planning from McGill University.