Maine CLTs - Schumacher Center for a New Economics


Commonterra Community Land Trust/Partial Farm
129 Stovepipe Alley
Monroe, ME 04951

Date Incorporated: 1980
Land Holdings:  150 acres divided into eight leaseholds, each on two acres of land, and a large commons; commons is used for agricultural land.
Governance Notes: CCLT shares community costs such as taxes, road and land maintenance, and special projects that benefit the whole community.

Covenant Community Land Trust
21 School House Road
Orland, ME 04472

Date Incorporated: 1978
Purpose: Affordable housing, cooperative communities, land conservation; founded as a response to rapid gentrification  of the rural communities in Maine
Land Holdings: They have 25 homes with 4 more in the works. The  Sedgwick community  includes 20 acres of working farm land and 50 acres of common conservation land. The Patten Pond area has lakefront community property and 60 acres of community land for the 5 homes there. 
Governance Notes: Maintains commitment to open spaces and conservation by leasing large land parcels back to the community. Uses a tripartite board of 1/3 lessee representatives, 1/3 general representatives and 1/3 public representatives. 
Partners: Works with Blue Hill Heritage Trust to manage conservation land; HOME Inc.

Land held by Covenant Community Land Trust

Greater Portland Community Land Trust
PO Box 8223
Portland, ME 04104

Purpose: To develop and sustain affordable, community-owned housing in Portland, Maine and the surrounding area. They hope to make Portland more economically and culturally diverse. 
Governance Notes: Open membership.
Land Holdings: They are building 13 units of affordable housing on land which was donated to them by the city of Portland. The project is located at 21 Randal Street and will have 8 three-bedroom units and 5 one-bedroom units in an energy efficient, three-level complex surrounded by landscaped terraces and an open space for the occupants’ use.

Kennebunkport Heritage Housing Trust
PO Box 333
Kennebunkport, ME 04046

Date Incorporated: 2019
Purpose: Acquire land to create permanently affordable community housing and provide ongoing stewardship of properties through a ground leasing model. 
Land Holdings: Their goal is to build 25 permanently affordable homes by 2025. They are currently working on a project called the Heritage Woods Subdivision. 

Focus neighborhood of Greater Portland CLT

Land in Common
217 South Mountain Rd.

Greene, ME 04236

Date Incorporated: 2008
Purpose: De-commodify land and place it into the long-term care of the community.
Land Holdings: 250 acres of agricultural and wild land, 74 acres of which is leased to Wild Mountain Cooperative, a collectively-run community farm. They also have 110 acres of forest land in Durham, Maine. This forest land will be made into a space for community and cultural connections, ecological forestry, outdoor recreation and education, wellness, and social change.
Governance Notes: They have a two part board made up of  those who live on or use the land and those from the wider community who support the vision, mission, and values of the organization.

Little Jubba Central Maine Agrarian Commons
Lewiston, ME

Purpose: Obtain farmland to be used for generations to come by the Somali Bantu of Maine. 
Land Holdings: In organizing processes of obtaining land and funding.
Governance Notes: Bylaws
Partners: Somali Bantu Community Association of Maine (SBCA), Agrarian Trust, Cooperative Development Institute, Land For Good, Land in Common, Maine Farmland Trust, Slow Money Maine, and American Farmland Trust

Waterville Community Land Trust
P.O. Box 1834
Waterville, ME 04901

Date Incorporated: 2013
Purpose: Affordable housing, rural revitalization, protection of open spaces.
Land Holdings: They have sold 2 homes so far. They also have created the Water Street Garden and Park as well as the Milliken Project, which aims to revitalize a neighborhood in Waterville.

Parcel held by Land in Common
Graphic of unequal distribution of land in Maine from Land In Common