Community Development

Overview

Community Development encompasses the development of "quality of life" for City of Biddeford residents. It may include:

  • Downtown programs that improve the look and self image of a community
  • Implementation of social service programs
  • Long range planning
  • Public facility improvements
  • Redevelopment of vacant lots into pocket parks
  • Revitalization of neighborhoods
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Projects can be as small as a corner park or as big as a city wide work force training program.

Working With Economic Development

Community Development works in conjunction with Economic Development. Economic Development may at times focus on the larger picture of business attraction and retention, city economic climate, long range economic planning and partnerships with financial institutions and regional economic development projects.

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Community Development Block Grant Action Plan

The plans below all related to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds that Biddeford receives as an Entitlement Community of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Year 4 Action Plan outlines the goals and objectives for the fourth year (July 2021 to June 2022) of the Consolidated 5-year Plan that began on July 1, 2018. The Citizens Participation Plan outlines requirements for public hearings and comment related to CDBG funds. The Year 2 Action Plan amendment is in regards to COVID-specific funds received in 2020 (at the end of Year 2, which was from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020). The 2019 CAPER is a report on the activities and funds from the 2019-2020 program year.

Year 4 Action Plan

Citizens Participation Plan - Amended June 2, 2020

Year 2 Action Plan - proposed amendment

2019 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER)

Biddeford Housing Assessment of Needs

Housing is an important part of community and economic development. Good quality housing, safe, clean, and comfortable, is necessary to attract and maintain a strong and stable workforce. Quality is important, but so is quantity. An adequate supply, for all income levels, is equally crucial.

In order to address key housing issues that might exist here in Biddeford, a seminar was conducted on March 28, 2019 at McArthur Library. City officials, city staff, industry experts, and the public identified some of the most pressing concerns regarding housing.

A report of Biddeford housing was prepared in March, 2018 to present an overall assessment of housing. This report identified many aspects of Biddeford housing, including quantity, type, age, condition, and affordability.

Linked here are these reports, as well as a demographic profile of Biddeford as of 2019: