GREENVILLE, Maine — Town officials are supporting the Land Use Regulation Commission’s approval of Plum Creek’s rezoning application for land it owns in the Moosehead Lake region.
Selectmen, who were polled individually this week by Town Manager John Simko, have authorized the town’s attorney to enter a “Notice of Appearance and Statement of Position on Appeal” on behalf of the town. The action is in response to appeals made against the Seattle-based timber company’s development and conserva-tion project. Any action in the appeal process had to be filed by Wednesday.
Soon after LURC approved Plum Creek’s rezoning request, which helps pave the way for the company to develop 975 house lots and two large resorts and permanently preserve more than 400,000 acres of forestland, the Natural Resources Council of Maine, Forest Ecology Network and RESTORE: The North Woods filed ap-peals.
Simko said Thursday that as a review agency for the rezoning application, the town has a right to issue a position statement on these appeals filed in Kennebec County Superior Court. The statement issued by the town says simply that its “position on appeal is that the decision of the Land Use Regulation Commission should be affirmed and that the issues raised by the Petitioner[s] are without merit.”
In its last revision, Plum Creek’s plan was consistent with the last resolution that the Board of Selectmen adopted on Sept. 17, 2008, Simko said. “Therefore, the plan as approved is what the board is on record [as] saying they wanted to see happen,” he said.
Simko said he had been under the impression that because Greenville did not have intervenor status, it could not weigh in on the matter, but he learned otherwise Monday from Jerry Reid of the Maine Attorney General’s Office. As a review agency, “he feels that it would be appropriate for us and be acceptable by Superior Court for us to weigh in and give comment,” he said. “The board is on record in supporting the plan and the appeal is an effort to undo that action.”
Whether the town will take any additional action on the matter will be discussed at the selectmen’s Nov. 18 meeting.