Rockland’s 2009 Downtown Revitalization Plan update, which the city has been working on since last summer, has been completed and approved by the City Council, according to a press release.

The new plan updates the 1996 and 2005 downtown plans and addresses pedestrian, traffic, building facade and upper floor reuse, harbor trail, landscaping and parks, access management and parking, scenic views, historic preservation, signage, and roadway and intersection improvement issues on Main Street from Pleasant Street north to the intersection of Main Street, Rankin Street and North Main Street. In addition to addressing each of these issues, the plan also contains an extensive inventory of sidewalk and building facade conditions.

The plan was prepared and written by the Rockland Community Development Department, Woodard and Curran Consultants of Portland, Planner Mitchell Rasor of Yarmouth and Simons Architects of Portland. The Rockland City Council, Economic Development Advisory Committee, Rockland Main Street Inc., and Wright-Pierce Engineers of Topsham provided input into the plan. The entire plan is on the city of Rockland Web site under City Hall Community Development Department.

The planning document will be used to apply for future grants, and as a work plan for the Community Development Department, a guide for the work of the Rockland Main Street Inc. Design Committee, and a reference document for developers and business people wishing to locate or expand in the downtown area. The plan was paid for in part by a $10,000 Community Development Block Grant from the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.

“The quality, format and comprehensiveness of this document are probably unique for the Main Streets and downtowns in Midcoast Maine,” according to the city’s news release.