Bills to revamp, abolish Maine land board reviewed

Posted May 19, 2011, at 5:19 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine legislative committee will take a closer look at bills to abolish or drastically change the mission of the agency that oversees development in the state’s 10-million-acre Unorganized Territory.

The Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee on Thursday afternoon will hold work sessions on the bills.

One would abolish the Land Use Regulation Commission, and another 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 say the legislation would roll back 40 years of protections in Maine’s North Woods.

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