Gordon Wissinger     Carolyn Ball      Donald Lodge

The Comprehensive Plan Committee has no fixed upper limit on its membership.  Volunteers are appointed by the Board of Selectmen.

The Committee is responsible for implementing the Growth Management Program, preparing and implementing the Comprehensive Plan and its periodic updates and also for proposing zoning ordinance changes to implement the Future Land Use Plan.

The Committee's role may include overseeing planning staff or consultants to accomplishing much of the technical planning work itself.  The Committee seeks to maintain a plan that reflects the public interest, not self-interest.  The Committee's role is advisory and it makes recommendations to the municipal reviewing authority and municipal legislative body regarding the adoption, implementation, changes and amendments to the Plan.  

The Committee holds public hearings and uses other methods to solicit citizen input and participation.  Everyone is encouraged to attend any of the meetings, and if you have any questions, or would like to join the Committee, contact any member.

1996 Southwest Harbor Comprehensive Plan 
Executive Summary
August 2009 Survey Results 

Responses to Question 11
Responses to Question 13
Responses to 20d and 31d
Responses to Question 22
Responses to Question 25
Responses to Question 39
Responses to Question 44
Responses to Question 45

Survey Summary

A Comprehensive Plan begins with understanding current conditions and trends, and then, by analyzing them and proposing directions for the future.  Those proposals rest on the community’s vision for how it sees itself now and in the future.  This vision shapes the Plan.  From our work and public input over the last few years, this is what the Comprehensive Plan Committee understands to be the vision of our town’s residents for its future – a community not so very different from the one we currently live in.  The members of our committee would like to hear from you, whether you agree with this draft of the vision, want to modify it, or strongly disagree with some element of it.  It is upon this vision that our plan and its recommendations will rest.

Draft Vision Statement

When we picture SWH in 2030, this is what we hope it will be like:

Southwest Harbor is a vibrant, small year-round community with a healthy local economy characterized by individual initiative and entrepreneurship.  Marine services, fishing, boat building, recreational boating, and tourism continue to be important sources of employment and income.  Many people are self-employed. The town continues to be a diverse mix of people of different ages and backgrounds who choose to live here, year-round or seasonally, and who are active participants in community life and town affairs.  Residents continue to place a high value on good education while finding innovative ways to make it affordable.  The cost and administration of some other essential public services are shared with neighboring communities and may continue to be led by private non-profit local organizations, such as the library and the ambulance service.  Quality of place, rooted in our harbor, Acadia National Park, and our history, is maintained and enhanced by thoughtful development that maintains the modest, small-town look and feel while protecting our water supplies, wildlife, views, and traditional public access to the outdoors.  Roads, bike lanes, sidewalks, and paths are in place and make walking and biking safe for residents and tourists.  Innovation and initiative have made Southwest Harbor a more unified and sustainable community for all.  


Chapters 1-3. Table of Contents, Introduction, VisionStatement, History

Chapter 4. Issues and Polices Summary

Chapter 5. The Plan: Issues/Recommendations

Chapter 6.
Current and Future Land Use

Appendices 1-3
Population and Demographics, Economy, Housing

Appendices 4-13.
Historical & Archaeological Resources, Water Resources, Critical and Natural Resources, Agricultural and Forestry, Marine Resources, Recreation, Public Facilities and Services, Transportation, Land Use

Appendix 14. Fiscal Capacity and Capital Investment Plan

Appendix 14
Private Roads, Built and Vacant Lots

Appendix 15. Capital Investment Plan 2010

Appendicies 16-19. Regional Coordination, State Growth Management Goals, & Coastal Management Policies, Public Participation & Acknowlegements, 

Draft Maps
Future Land Use

Historic, Archaeological and Scenic Sites

Public Water Supply

Sewer Line


ME DOT SWH Transportation

Current Zoning

SWH Growth Over Time

Development Constraints

Town of Southwest Harbor, Maine
incorporated 1905

Comprehensive Plan 
Implementation Committee
Tom Benson , ex-officer