Following acceptance on May 27, 2015 of the Route 100 Vision Report by the Town Council, Falmouth voters approved funding for the Route 100 project on June 14, 2016. The project is expected to receive major funding support from the Maine Department of Transportation. The municipal portion of the costs will be funded through the West Falmouth Crossing Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District.
The Route 100 Infrastructure Project includes:
- Making the Mountain/Falmouth Rd/Rt. 100 intersection and Leighton Rd/Rt. 100 intersection safer with dedicated turning lanes and traffic lights
- Rebuilding Route 100 from Leighton Road to Libby Bridge
- Improving pedestrian safety by adding sidewalks
- Improving street and pedestrian lighting with LED fixtures
- Extending public sewer on Route 100 between Leighton and Mountain/Falmouth Road
- Replacing deteriorating stormwater drainage infrastructure
- Adding bicycle lanes from Portland city line to Libby Bridge (with consistent striping to Winslow Farm).
The Town has since executed a contract with Stantec for the preparation of construction documents. Field and design work for that as well as coordination with MaineDOT and the Town is ongoing. Over the next 12 months the Route 100 Committee will meet periodically to provide feedback on the work by Town staff, consultant, and MaineDOT . Bid documents are expected to be completed by Fall 2017. Construction is expected to be complete by Fall 2018.
West Falmouth Neighborhood Sketch Plan: The Town was recently approached by David Chase who has proposed a 40-acre development off Mountain Road and Route 100. Before this project can move forward it requires Council zoning approval. The development proposal was discussed by the Community Development Committee (CDC) on October 25, 2016. Opportunities for interconnectivity with other parcels in the neighborhood, coordinated access to Route 100, and other design opportunities were identified. The CDC felt that the proposed project presented a timely opportunity for the Town to explore how development in this area can best meet the vision set for Route 100.
As a result, Town staff will prepare concept zoning amendments for the Village Mixed Use (VMU) District for review by CDC. The 2015 Route 100 Vision Report also included Land Use Recommendations for the Route 100 area. These have not yet acted upon by the Town. The VMU work will be informed, in part, by the recently adopted zoning for the Residential A District and the Village Center 1 District. Staff hopes to be able to have the VMU rezoning process completed by May 2017. Town staff will also work with Stantec to develop a West Falmouth Neighborhood Sketch Plan. This sketch plan will explore possibilities for coordinated, phased development of, and best design practices for, the area between Mountain Road, Route 100, Marston Street, and the Maine Turnpike. The process will include opportunities for input from area property owners and developers, general public, CDC, and the Council before it is finalized in February 2017.
|Theo Holtwijk||Director of Long-Range Planning||207-699-5340|
|Joseph McDonnell||Vice Chair|
|Andrea Ferrante||Council Liaison|