May 20, 2018
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Sessions aim to educate public on LURC

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

GREENVILLE, Maine — The Land Use Regulation Commission is holding outreach sessions to educate unorganized territory landowners and potential landowners about the commission and its rules.

Scott Rollins, LURC permitting and compliance division manager, gave an overview of the commission and answered specific questions at two sessions Wednesday in Greenville. A total of 20 people took advantage of the sessions to learn more about permitting and compliance regarding land in the unorganized territory.

Unfazed by the low attendance of four at the evening session, Rollins said if the outreach work helped one person it was worth it. That person would be far more likely to follow the guidelines and the regulations, rather than be faced with possible compliance issues later, he said.

Similar sessions were held earlier this month in Ashland, and sessions will be held 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Rangeley.

From the sessions, Rollins said he’s found some people have the wrong perceptions about the commission and the LURC regulations, so the meetings in the rim communities of the unorganized territories help correct those perceptions. On the flip side, Rollins said the sessions allow LURC to learn more about the concerns and issues of people living in the unorganized territories.

One such concern was aired Wednesday night by Brian Turner of Monson, a licensed plumbing inspector. When people get a LURC permit to build, Turner said they need to recognize they still must obtain a permit from a licensed plumbing inspector for septic systems. Turner said he’s found that some people install a system without a permit and then ask him to sign off. Those who install a system without a permit can face double fees for the violation, he noted.

Turner said some people simply don’t read the fine print in the regulations and wondered if LURC could help make landowners become more aware of the requirement.

Rollins said Turner’s concern and those aired by other attendees would be addressed by the commission.

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