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

Below is a link to the City's Year 2 Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant Entitlement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  It outlines the goals and objectives for the second year of the Consolidated 5 year Plan that began on July 1, 2018.

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:

My Neighborhood Network Program


With the success of the revitalization efforts in the South Street and Bacon Street neighborhoods, the City is expanding to assist other neighborhoods in the downtown core.  The neighborhood Planning Committee has divided the core into seven neighborhoods. (See link below)  Meetings to receive public input, requests and concerns most important to residents have been scheduled in each neighborhood. Please call the Community Development Office at 284-9105 for more information and to request a meeting in your neighborhood!  

The People's Perspective

Community Development brings "the people's perspective" to the table to enhance development at the grassroots level as well as the community as a whole. This is why it is said that Community Development builds community "one step at a time".

Do You Have a Community Project?

If you have a community development project for the City of Biddeford we encourage you to download, fill out, and submit the Community Development Project Worksheet (PDF) via email to Linda Waters or mail to:
Linda Waters, Community Development Coordinator
P.O. Box 586
Biddeford, ME 04005

If you need assistance in filling out the form please call for an appointment at 207-284-9105, ext. 169.