Noel Musson

Planner · Principal

Noel Musson has over a decade of experience working on planning, economic development, and permitting projects.  Over that time he has worked with a range of clients from both the public and private sector.  Mr. Musson holds a Master’s Degree in Community Planning and Development from the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Maine. As a professional land use planner, Noel has been trained to identify strategic alternatives to development issues through a comprehensive understanding of the physical and natural landscape, community trends and desires, and economic conditions. Noel has a participatory planning approach that involves clients, government officials, citizens, and other experts in creating livable and sustainable projects. He has experience with multiple regulatory sectors (state, regional, local), downtown revitalization projects, coastal harbor planning, grant writing, land use studies, code review, permitting, and project management.  Noel is an expert in relating complex issues to the public and managing projects from conception to completion.  He is a trained facilitator and has an understanding of the legal foundation of land use regulations, in identifying site/building permit requirements, associated time lines, and coordinating the process throughout completion. Additionally, Noel has experience using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and other tools to help explore land use trends and analyze development opportunities. 

Prior to establishing The Musson Group, Noel was a Project Manager and Planning Manager for CES, Inc. a state wide multi-disciplinary engineering firm.  In this role, Noel oversaw all aspects of the companies planning and economic development business unit.  Noel served as Branch Manager for the company’s offices on Mount Desert Island and Auburn.  In these roles Noel was responsible for office staff, quality control, and business development.  As the Planning Director for the Town of Harpswell, Noel helped establish the Town’s first planning department. He was responsible for administering the Town’s Land Use Ordinances, code review with the Planning Board and staffing other Town Committees, and for developing the Town’s GIS Database. Noel grew up on Mount Desert Island and has a lifelong connection with the coast of Maine.


    • Masters in Community Planning and Development, Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine
    • BA, Political Science, University of Maine



    • Principal/Owner at The Musson Group: June 2012 to present
    • Project manager/Planner/Branch Manager at CES, Inc.: July 2004 to June 2012
    • Marketing Director at CES, Inc.: 2005 to 2009
    • Planner for Town of Harpswell, Maine: 2002 to 2004
    • Part Time Planner for Kennebunk, Maine: 4 mos
    • Land Use Team Intern at Maine State Planning Office: 9 mos
    • Planning Intern for Regional Planning Commission: 4 mos
    • Forum Coordinator for Harvard University’s Institute of Politics: 1 yr
    • Program Coordinator for Kennedy School of Government Executive Programs: 3 yrs
    • Case Worker for a US Congressman: 1 yr



    • Certified CDBG Program Administrator
    • Facilitative Leadership: Maine Institute of Civic Leadership



    • Member, Maine Association of Planners
    • Member, Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association
    • Member, American Planning Association
    • Member, Maine Community Development Association
    • Board Member, Harbor House Community Center