Ben Smith, AICP  Community Planner

Ben Smith, AICP

Community Planner

Ben is a planner with experience in transportation, land use and comprehensive planning.  He established North Star Planning in 2017, after more than a dozen years of experience working in state and municipal government and private sector planning positions.  Until recently, Ben served as the Planning Director in Windham, Maine. 


Town of Windham, Maine

  • Comprehensive Plan Update
  • 21st Century Downtown Plan for North Windham. 
    • Implementation includes ordinance updates and major infrastructure improvements
  • Complete Streets Policy
  • Contract zoning & land use ordinance amendments
  • Impact Fees – recreational, intersection & sidewalk infrastructure
  • Tax Increment Financing
  • North Route 302 Transportation Plan
  • Design Standards and Design Guidelines
  • Grant Management
  • Subdivision and Site Plan Review
  • Municipal Committee Support
  • Board Member, Windham Economic Development Corporation

With Previous Employers

  • Gateway 1 Project.  Regional transportation/land use project for 21 mid-coast Maine communities along US Route 1. 
    • Tasks included comparative comprehensive plan and zoning analysis, traffic studies, public participation
  • Toll Plaza Diversion Studies, York and New Gloucester, Maine
  • Roadside Signage Inventory & Analysis, Maine Turnpike Authority
  • GIS analysis, various environmental and transportation projects, Maine Turnpike Authority


M.A., Community Planning & Development, Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine

B.A., Psychology, Bates College

Professional Affiliations

American Planning Association, Northern New England Chapter

 Maine Association of Planners

 Growsmart Maine


Member - American Institute of Certified Planners

Sustainable Comprehensive Planning.  APA Training, 2014