Bills would alter Maine’s land use commission

Posted May 17, 2011, at 4:49 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine lawmakers are considering bills that would 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.