June 19, 2018
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Should LURC be abolished?

The Land Use Regulation Commission, the Maine agency that oversees development in the state’s unorganized territories, was the target of criticism during the gubernatorial campaign.

Gov. Paul LePage stated his belief that LURC was not an effective way to manage development in the 10 million acres of the state that are not under municipal jurisdiction. He prefers that county governments manage applications for development.

Rep. Paul Davis, R-Sangerville, has proposed a bill that would transfer LURC’s responsibilities to elected county officials. Do they have the resources to review development proposals like the Plum Creek project? As elected officials, will they act

judiciously or bend to the majority opinion? Or are they more accountable to residents than an unelected board?

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