Artists sought for streetscape design

By Gail Geraghty
Staff Writer

Calling all artists: want to play a role in helping to shape the Bridgton of the future?

The town is seeking proposals from area artists to work with Economic and Community Development Director Alan Manoian in creating 12 visual illustrations of what Bridgton’s streets and highways might look like under a form-based code system of zoning.

Under form-based codes, the type of use is not as critical as the style of the buildings, their height and relation to one another and the street, in reinforcing the traditional development form of New England villages. Manoian, a graduate of the national form-based code institute in Chicago, Ill., strongly supports development of such codes in Bridgton to protect its small town character and prevent sprawl, while at the same time allowing modern development to occur. He’s looking at form-based codes not only for the downtown district, but also for the Portland Road commercial corridor on Route 302, an area of town that will be the focus of the soon-to-be-formed Comprehensive Plan Update Committee.

The comprehensive plan committee will be charged with developing an ordinance for approval by voters in November focused on specific development standards for the Portland Road corridor — where concerns about a coming McDonald’s Restaurant sparked an unsuccessful attempt to ban both big box and fast food restaurant development.

Manoian said the illustrations, which must measure 24”x 36”, will be placed side-by-side in actual location photos and displayed at public charettes that will be held this spring and summer to discuss the codes. “This is going to be a citizen-participatory process” in which the residents will be the major decision-makers, he said.

The artists are asked to submit proposals by Monday, April 4, for creating the 12 different streetscapes based on photos provided by Manoian. The medium may include watercolor, pastel, colored marker, ink, computer-generated graphics or other media. Examples of the 12 streetscape locations are available for review at the Bridgton Municipal Center or can be viewed on the town’s website, by clicking on Development.

For more information, call Manoian at 647-8786 or e-mail him at

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