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Smart Growth

How Can Wells Grow and Protect Depot Brook?

How Can Wells Grow and Protect Depot Brook?

How Can Wells Grow and Protect Depot Brook? (2007) describes an EPA-NOAA Smart Growth Implementation Assistance for Coastal Communities project in Wells, Maine. 

Maine Sea Grant worked with the town of Wells to implement a community-supported initiative to protect the ecological integrity of a local trout stream, Depot Brook, while allowing growth and development in a proposed gateway area. The town requested assistance to find options for developing and redeveloping the Route 109 Gateway Corridor, which includes a portion of the Depot Brook riparian corridor.

The consultant team led a workshop that gathered input from Wells' residents to develop potential redevelopment designs. The team explored:

  • Stormwater management strategies that could be incorporated into different building types and land uses.
  • Transportation and parking strategies that could help improve traffic flow and provide more transportation options.
  • Possible building and land use designs for the Route 109 corridor and Wells Corner central area.

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