Planning & Development
The Planning Department issues permits, oversees projects, and collects fees related to new development in the City of Biddeford.
The Economic Development Department works with businesses, city officials, and other entities to grow the local economy.
Community Development encompasses the development of "quality of life" for City of Biddeford residents.
The Biddeford Planning and Development Department strives to createthe best possible conditions for business development and growth within theparameters of the City’s Land Use ordinance. Special areas of concentration in the City are the Mill District,Downtown, the Business and industrial Parks, and growth corridors of Routes 1and 111. The Department has initiatedprograms in workforce development, arts and heritage, and neighborhoodnetworking.
In the Mill District, the exciting re-development of 3 Lincoln Street (formerMERC site) is in the planning stages, and the renovation of 17 Lincoln Street(Lincoln Mill) into residential and commercial spaces will soon be underconstruction. The University of NewEngland has expressed interest in integrating some of its operations indowntown Biddeford, a position the Department wholly supports and is workingwith UNE to broaden their presence in the City.
Downtown, the Department works to attract new businesses by constantlyimproving infrastructure like street paving and new sidewalks, andadministering programs that improve the physical structures, keeping commercialspaces compliant with appropriate building and life and safety codes. The Department also assists with the City’sparking management plan that ensures adequate parking for current and futurebusiness needs. The CommunityDevelopment Block Grant Program, through the United States Department ofHousing and Urban Development plays a critical role in infrastructureimprovement as well as assisting with social needs.
In the business and industrial parks, the Department is in regularcontact with the City’s large employers to ensure that business can proceedsmoothly. Updated wayfinding signage hasrecently been installed which assists with identification of our four businessparks.
The Department assists in the development of new large projects in theCity, for example the new consolidated York County Courthouse. Construction for this new facility, to belocated on Route 1 (Elm Street) near the Five Points intersection, is scheduledto begin in early 2020.
With a grant writer on staff, the Department is able to take advantageof state, federal and institutional grants, carefully targeted to effectivelymeet the capital and social needs of Biddeford.