Every community is unique. That may seem obvious but it is often forgotten when developing strategies for community engagement. Cookie cutter solutions more often result in frustrated participants than the desired consensus for significant public policies. The Portland, Maine timeline of stormwater actions is presented only as a reference showing how long a successful process may take. When someone asks how long will it take in their community to develop a consensus position on stormwater financing there is only one correct answer - it will take as long as it takes! Deadlines play an important role in keeping the process moving forward but should be viewed as guideposts, not inflexible positions set in granite.