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Historical, Outdoor Recreation and Scenic Resources

Historical and Archaeological Resources

Given Sebago's long history, it is likely that there are significant historic and archaeological resources that should be protected. However, detailed data on such resources is lacking. Until the town's historic and archaeological resources are researched and documented, it is possible that sites significant to Sebago's heritage will inadvertently be lost.


Goal:  To protect the Town’s historic and archaeological resources.


Policies
Strategies
Responsibility/Date

1.      Local Research. Research and document the historic and archaeological resources of Sebago.

A.      Historical Society. Encourage the Historical Society to re-activate and recruit additional members.

B.      Inventory. Inventory and research local historic sites and structures, and develop a historic sites map.

Selectmen/Ongoing


Historical Society/2008

2.      Maine Historic Preservation Commission (MHPC). Cooperate with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission in identifying and protecting historic and archaeological sites.

A.      MHPC Contact. Contact the State Historic Preservation Commission for help in setting up local historic preservation efforts.

B.      Development review assistance. Request the State Historic Preservation Commission to review development plans that are near historic or archaeological resources.

C.      Registration. Identify and attempt to register those historic and archaeological resources eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Historical Society/2006



Planning Board/Ongoing



Historical Society/Ongoing






Outdoor Recreation

Formal public access to water bodies in Sebago is limited to the Town Beach and boat landing on the Northwest River and the Town boat landing on Peabody Pond.  There is some conflict between use of the Northwest River landing by boaters and swimmers at the beach.

While a majority of residents would like to see increased recreational opportunities, especially for young people, they do not feel that this is a priority in times of tight budgets.  Most recreational programs are organized by volunteer organizations.

Goal:   To promote and protect the availability of outdoor recreation opportunities for the citizens of Sebago, including access to surface     waters.


Policies
Strategies
Responsibility/Date

1.      Town acceptance of land. Encourage the Town to accept deeded land or set up a trust fund to purchase land, in the name of the Town to be dedicated for open space and recreation.


A.      LAWCON, other funds. Investigate the use of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and other programs to finance recreation projects.

Recreation /2006 and Ongoing





2.      Recreation programs. Provide an organized network of recreational programs for children in Sebago, with the continuing support of the current sponsoring groups.

A.      Plan. Develop a town wide parks and recreation plan that identifies the need for, and locations of outdoor recreation facilities. The purpose of the plan would be to promote recreational activities in appropriate areas of town.


Recreation /2006 and Ongoing


3.      Public Access. Increase public access to Sebago’s water bodies.

A.      New development. Continue to require public access to the Town’s water bodies when development proposals are reviewed under the provisions of the Town’s Land Use Ordinance.

Planning Board/Ongoing




Scenic Resources

Sebago is fortunate to have many beautiful scenic views contributing to the visual character of the town.  There are many hills and valleys offering views of fall foliage, the White Mountains, and Sebago Lake. These scenic vistas are extremely important to "Sebago's character".

Goal:   To preserve the Town's scenic resources so that valued community characteristic are maintained.


Policies
Strategies
Responsibility/Date

1.      View preservation. Assure that development and other activities in scenic areas are undertaken in such a      manner as to minimize any                  obstruction of views, and preserve significant scenic views or overlooks  from encroachments which could reduce their value.

A.      Inventory. Conduct a scenic resources inventory to identify significant scenic resources.

B. Ordinance review criteria.  Amend the Site Plan Review Ordinance to include criteria which restrict incompatible development within scenic areas as designated by the Scenic Resources Inventory.
C. Location of development. Encourage development to be located such that scenic vistas are maintained and/or enhanced.

Planning Board/2008


Planning Board/ Town/2007



Planning Board/Ongoing