Housing Legislation - LD2003

What is LD2003?

LD2003 is An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Increase Housing Opportunities in Maine by Studying Zoning and Land Use Restrictions. The bill was passed by the State Legislature and signed by the Governor in April 2022. The law went into effect July 27, 2022, however, a majority of the bill’s requirements do not take effect until July 1, 2023. The Commission was established under LD609 and provided 9 recommendations to increase affordable housing that was intended to address the shortage in Maine. This law is designed to remove unnecessary regulatory barriers to housing production in Maine, while preserving local ability to create land use plans and protect sensitive environmental resources. 

What should towns do now?

Review what is a "Growth Area" in your Comprehensive Plan

Identify areas that can connect to water and sewer

Ensure the Planning Board and CEO are aware of the rules and parcels that are applicable

Talk with your Select Board about Short-Term Rentals

Ordinance Revisions:

Towns should prepare Ordinance revisions in advance of July 1, 2023

Towns should review their Ordinance to remove any discriminatory language against affordable housing

Towns should add a definition of "Accessory Dwelling Unit" that includes a maximum size to avoid loopholes

Towns should review parking and density requirements

Recommendations:

Immediately review Accessory Dwelling Units, parking requirements, and dimensional standards in Ordinances relating to residential use

Towns can establish a process to anticipate for the high volume of multi-family and ADUs 

Speak with your local representatives if you believe you need more time to prepare your ordinances

References:

  • L.D. 2003 "An Act to Implement Recommendations of the Commission to Increase Housing Opportunities in Maine by Studying Zoning and Land Use Restrictions"

  • Guidance Document on L.D. 2003, issued by the Maine Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD)

  • Recommendations from the Commission to Increase Housing Opportunities in Maine by Studying Land Use Regulations & Short Term Rentals, issued on November 15, 2022 (This report was mentioned during our workshop presentation. Note, it is separate from L.D. 2003)

  • LCRPC and MCOG hosted a workshop highlighting LD2003. You can view the recording to the workshop below and here.

If you have any questions or need any assistance contact County Planner Emily Rabbe at erabbe@lcrpc.org or (207) 882-4271. 

To receive updates from the Department of Economic and Community Development about implementation of this legislation, please email Housing.DECD@maine.gov.

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