Bills would alter Maine’s land use commission

Posted May 16, 2011, at 11:01 a.m.
Last modified May 16, 2011, at 2:12 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Bills up for legislative review in the Maine State House seek to abolish or drastically change the mission of the agency that oversees development in the state’s 10-million-acre Unorganized Territory.

Two of the bills scheduled for hearings Tuesday would abolish the Land Use Regulation Commission, and a third would alter its mission to serve residents and property owners within the jurisdiction of LURC.

Supporters say overseeing development in the Unorganized Territory is better left to county governments.

Opponents of the three bills, including landowners, foresters, a logger and others, planned a news conference at the State House on Monday. They say the legislation would roll back 40 years of protections in Maine’s North Woods.

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