CAPE ELIZABETH – An updated version of the Cape Elizabeth town center plan that was first adopted in 1993 was approved by the Town Council at its meeting Monday.

Council Chairwoman Jessica Sullivan said the plan would serve as a planning guide for land use in the town center district.

The Town Council also voted unanimously to create a tax increment-financing district within the town center zone, which, if approved by the state, would use a portion of any increase in property tax revenues to pay for sidewalk and drainage improvements.

The town center plan calls for creating “an identifiable, vibrant town center that includes mixed retail uses for residents and visitors, a safe and inviting pedestrian and bicycle environment, a common meeting place, visual vitality, and linkages to the town’s open space and nearby residential neighborhoods.”

Residents during a public hearing on the town center plan Monday questioned whether the town gathered enough public input for the development of the plan and said the Town Center Planning Committee should have had more citizen participation.

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