The Town of Bar Harbor Planning Department seeks to provide the most efficient and effective customer service and consultation. The Planning Department provides direct staff support to eight different boards, committees, commissions, and task forces.

You can visit the Planning and Code Enforcement Office at 93 Cottage Street, between the hours of 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM.

Draft Warrant Article for Vacation Rentals — Public Hearing at Planning Board meeting on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 4:00 PM

For instructions on how to participate in this meeting, please visit the Planning Board's web page.

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An Examination of Bar Harbor's Neighborhood Districts — Webinar Presentation

Students in the College of the Atlantic's Land Use Planning & GIS Class gave a presentation via a Zoom webinar on Monday, June 1, 2020, titled "An Examination of Bar Harbor's Neighborhood Districts." This presentation supported the 2019 Town of Bar Harbor Housing Policy Framework - Identifying Zoning Barriers to Housing.

The presentation was recorded, and can be viewed on the Town Hall Streams website:

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Town staff presented proposed changes to vacation rentals (regulatory approaches) at a public information session on Wednesday, May 27 at 6 PM. The public was invited and encouraged to attend this forum via the online video meeting platform Zoom (link below), to ask questions and to provide feedback on the proposed changes.

A copy of the PowerPoint presentation that was given by staff can be found here.

The webinar was recorded, and can be viewed on the Town Hall Streams website at:

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Balancing Year-Round Housing and Vacation Rentals — Listening Sessions
The Planning Department will be holding three listening sessions — on January 28, January 29 and January 30, 2020 — on the subject of balancing year-round housing and vacation rentals. For more information about the listening sessions, click here.


To access specific information such as agendas, minutes, member information, and rules of procedure for one of these groups please use the links below:

​Wetland Mapping

The following maps identify the locations of wetlands and potential vernal pools in Bar Harbor as mapped by Stantec, Inc in consultation with Kappa Mapping. A wetlands key is included to identify each wetland:
On December 17, 2008, Stantec Consulting presented the findings to the Planning Board.

Other Important Studies