This is an archive of the work overseen by the York Village Study Committee leading up to the project's master plan and acceptance by voters. Period covered is 2011-2016. It is no longer being updated.

Past Events and Activities of the Village Study Committee (2013-2016)

Funding for Master Plan Implementation, May 21, 2016, Budget Referendum

ballot and pencilArticle SIXTY: Shall the Town (1) approve the 10% Matching Funds to the State and Federal Transportation Funds to Implement Infrastructure Improvements recommended in the York Village Master Plan; (2) appropriate a sum not to exceed $400,000 for the cost of this project; and (3) hereby ordain to fund this appropriation; authorize the Treasurer and the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen to issue, at one time or from time to time, general obligation securities of the Town of York, Maine, including temporary notes in anticipation of the sale thereof, in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $400,000 full article.

York General Referendum, Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Vote Yes on Article 8 to adopt the York Village Master Plan by reference and recommendation within the Town's Comprehensive Plan. The Village Master Plan of April 2015 was developed by the community in the course of four years of meetings and discussion with a wide variety of citizens, property owners, business owners, and Town organizations and officials. The Master Plan establishes a vision for the future of York Village and should be incorporated into the Comprehensive Plan for the Town in order to continue to move forward the concepts and vision developed. Read More

VSC Marketfest Booth 2015Marketfest in the Village, October 16 & 17

Another great Marketfest in the Village this year.

Thanks to all who stopped by our booth to see what was going on, to voice support and concerns, and to ask questions.

Keep an eye out for upcoming community events this winter. Join our email list to follow what is going on and get event announcements.

Third Community Design Workshop February 7, 2015

Heart of the Village
Small groups presented their street concepts
for York Street at CDW #3.

Look Into the Future of York Village!

The third community-wide event was attended by more than 100 people. During this workshop, participants heard the latest on Village Revitalization efforts. Two final design concepts for the Long Sands Road/York Street intersection were reviewed with the large group and subsequently resulted in an overwhelming selection of the York Tee "T" design to go foward. Small group discussions focused on "Complete Street" elements - what they are and how they could apply to York Street. Designs that balance traffic, sidewalks, parking, bikes, lights and trees are called Complete Streets. Each group designed a streetscape for York Street.

View the presentation made at the Workshop.

More photos are on our Facebook page.

community presenters at Nov 22  Event
Presentation of small group work on
Intersection Concepts at CDW #2.

Second Community Design Workshop November 22, 2014

Let's make a better village together!

The second community-wide event was attended by about 90 people. A full house heard a report from the 1st Community Design Workshop, details about what has developed since, and given small group assignments to review three scenarios for development of the "heart" of the Village - the intersection of York Street and Long Sands Road.

View the presentation by TDRC on November 22.

See more photos from this event on our Facebook page.

October 17 & 18, 2014: Marketfest

Voting Day 2013

While visiting Marketfest 2014 in the Village this year, many folks stopped by our booth to learn more about what our consultants have been up to.

We took an unscientific survey, asking people to tell us the primary reason people they come to Village:

Suvey of Village Visits

October 4, 2014: First Community Design Workshop

a small group discussing Village design

Community Design Workshop, Saturday, October 4

The York Village Master Plan is on the Move, Join the Journey!
Our first community-wide special event was attended by more than fifty people. Together they explored elements of Village improvements that will:

• Create 21st century function without losing cherished historic qualities;
• Balance pedestrian & vehicular needs; and
• Foster economic prosperity.

The workshop was led by our consultants, The Downtown Revitalization Collaborative, with the goal of helping to create the York Village Master Plan.

See more photos from this event on our Facebook page

August 11, 2014: York Board of Selectman Action Request from YVSC

The YVSC filed a Request for Action by the Board of Selectmen at the BOS meeting on August 11th. We asked the BOS to approve a consulting contract with The Downtown Revitalization Collaborative (TDRC) to develop the Master Plan for York Village. This village project is an exciting and complicated project that requires the assistance of multiple professional disciplines to move it forward. The Committee is confident that TDRC will be a great partner for the town in setting up the Village for the future. The BOS approved the funding. More information»

current survey area
York Village Survey of Existing Conditions Completed May/June 2014

Most people are probably aware that the Village Study Committee (appointed in 2011 by the Board of Selectmen) has been studying different ways to make York Village a more lively and attractive place for residents and visitors alike. Preliminary to making any recommendation about the Village center, we must determine precise property boundaries and limits of any established rights of way. At the end of August 2013 the Board released funds to the Committee to hire a contractor to begin a survey of the 2 Minute village with the goal of documenting the existing conditions of the Village center. LinePro, a surveying firm from Shapleigh, Maine, was contracted over the winter to do the survey. The hard winter of 2013-14 delayed the start of the work, but as of the end of May the crew from LinePro were on the ground around the village. The purpose of the survey is to gather information that will assist the master plan development process. A final survey report is now due.

Voting Day 2013
At Town Meeting Referendum,
November 5, 2013, YHS
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