Stories about Land Use Regulation Commission


State hires Michigan firm for mining regulations rewrite

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 19, 2012, at 12:41 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has chosen a Michigan firm to help the agency carry out the first major rewrite of the state’s metallic mining regulations in two decades. The DEP announced Monday it has chosen the North Jackson Company, based in Marquette, Mich., for the …

Lawmakers still divided on key component of LURC reform bill

By Kevin Miller on March 01, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Members of a legislative committee on Thursday endorsed competing plans to reform the Land Use Regulation Commission. Lawmakers on the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee were able to reach agreement on the vast majority of proposed LURC reforms. But lawmakers divided along party lines on whether counties …

Environmental group opposes weakening LURC

The Associated Press on Feb. 09, 2012, at 1:32 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A Maine environmental advocacy group is urging legislators to not weaken the powers of a regulatory agency that oversees the state’s vast Unorganized Territory. Environment Maine on Thursday delivered 17,000 letters, postcards, petitions and emails from Maine residents to the State House in opposition to proposed legislation …
Catherine Carroll

LURC head steps down as changes loom

By Kevin Miller on Jan. 05, 2012, at 1:48 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The longtime director of the Land Use Regulation Commission has stepped down from her post and taken a job at a sister state agency, state officials announced Thursday. Catherine Carroll’s departure from LURC comes at a time when lawmakers are poised to make substantial changes at the …

First Wind wants to pull Bowers Mountain wind project — for now

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 16, 2011, at 7:54 p.m.
LINCOLN | Saying it needs more time to answer critics, a Massachusetts-based wind company wants to withdraw its application for a permit to build a 27-turbine wind farm northwest of Grand Lake Stream on the Penobscot and Washington county line, it said Wednesday. The Land Use Regulation Commission will …

Panel’s lack of progress has LURC supporters worried for agency’s future

By Steve Mistler, Sun Journal on Oct. 28, 2011, at 5:05 a.m.
AUGUSTA | The commission charged with reforming the state agency overseeing development in Maine’s 10.5 million acres of unorganized territory gave its first progress report Thursday to the Legislature’s Agricultural Committee. A summary of the report: The commission has a lot of work to do. So much, in fact, …

LURC members favor rejection of wind farm

By Kevin Miller on Oct. 20, 2011, at 9:01 p.m.
Critics of Maine’s fast-growing commercial wind power sector were claiming victory on Thursday, one day after state regulators took a first step toward denying an application for a 27-turbine wind farm northwest of Grand Lake Stream. The latest project from Massachusetts-based First Wind, the Bowers Mountain wind farm is proposed …
Bill Beardsley

Maine conservation official urges invested groups to work toward common goals

By Kevin Miller on Oct. 19, 2011, at 9:53 p.m.
HOLDEN | Maine’s conservation commissioner said Wednesday that he believes state government and the diverse groups invested in the future of Maine’s vast natural resources can do a better job balancing preservation and economic development by focusing on their mutually agreed upon goals. “Maybe opposites do attract,” said Bill …
A cluster of windmills operate on the north side of Mars Hill Mountain in Mars Hill in January 2007. Members of the Land Use Regulation Commission on Wednesday approved a 19-turbine wind energy project proposed for rural Hancock County.

LURC approves 19-turbine wind farm in Hancock County

By Kevin Miller on Oct. 05, 2011, at 12:47 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | Maine’s largest wind energy company received the green light on Wednesday to build a 19-turbine wind farm in rural Hancock County but not before regulators attached more stringent noise and financial requirements on the developer. The fate of a second proposal sought by First Wind, however, remained …

Willimantic residents may deorganize town

By Diana Bowley on Sept. 29, 2011, at 10:54 p.m.
MONSON | After months of turmoil in town government and a lack of candidates willing to run for municipal offices, Willimantic residents agreed at the annual town meeting Thursday to investigate deorganization. Selectman Linda Packard resigned earlier this year and Selectmen John Tatko and Tom Capraro both abruptly resigned …
First Wind's Tower 39 looms over people gathered to celebrate the opening of the Stetson II wind project, which added 17 additional turbines to their Stetson wind project near Danforth on Tuesday, April 6, 2010.

First Wind applying to erect wind speed test poles in Aroostook County

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 22, 2011, at 7:45 p.m.
ASHLAND | A subsidiary of First Wind that already has three wind farms in Maine and two other applications pending is seeking to erect a series of test poles in a remote area of Maine’s Unorganized Territory. First Wind subsidiary King Pine Wind LLC filed applications with the Land …

Panel sets ground rules for LURC reform effort

By Kevin Miller on Sept. 22, 2011, at 1:23 p.m.
BANGOR | Members of a task force exploring ways to reform the Land Use Regulation Commission pledged to approach their task with open minds on Thursday and quickly crafted a list of values they believe should guide decisions affecting Maine’s Unorganized Territory. But the real challenge will begin in …

LURC reform group to convene Thursday in Bangor

By Kevin Miller on Sept. 20, 2011, at 7:17 p.m.
A task force charged with recommending ways to improve planning and permitting in the Unorganized Territory will hold its first meeting here Thursday. The panel is an outgrowth of debate over whether to reform the Land Use Regulation Commission or to entirely revamp oversight of the more …

LURC reform group to begin work on Sept. 22 in Bangor

By Kevin Miller on Sept. 09, 2011, at 7:56 p.m.
The first meeting of the task force charged with reviewing Maine’s oversight of more than 10 million acres in the state will be held in Bangor on Sept. 22, officials announced Friday. The 13-member Land Use Regulation Commission Reform Commission will be responsible for recommending to the Legislature ways to …

Rockwood residents have opposing views on abolishing LURC

By Diana Bowley on Sept. 06, 2011, at 12:17 p.m.
A Rockwood woman asked during a public meeting Tuesday how the Somerset County commissioners expect to handle land use issues should the Land Use Regulation Commission be abolished when they haven’t been able to supervise the small transfer station in this Unorganized Territory community. The meeting to …

Critics say LePage, GOP stacked deck against LURC

By Kevin Miller on Aug. 29, 2011, at 7:28 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | The first meeting has yet to be scheduled, but the newly formed task force charged with recommending a better way to oversee land use on more than 10 million acres in Maine is already coming under close scrutiny. Environmental groups and Democratic lawmakers on Monday criticized the …

LePage, Maine leaders choose panelists to study LURC’s future

By Kevin Miller on Aug. 26, 2011, at 10 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | Gov. Paul LePage and legislative leaders unveiled the names of the dozen people who could play a major role in determining the fate of Maine’s Land Use Regulation Commission. Earlier this year, partisan tensions flared in the Legislature when lawmakers took up a bill — strongly supported …

19-turbine wind farm gets initial OK in Hancock County

By Eric Russell on Aug. 03, 2011, at 6:14 p.m.
BANGOR | Members of Maine’s Land Use Regulation Commission gave tentative approval Wednesday to a 19-turbine wind farm in rural Hancock County, but the project faces some obstacles before a final vote next month. After hashing out details for several hours at a meeting in Bangor, LURC officials were …

LePage signs bill to examine land panel’s future

The Associated Press on July 11, 2011, at 8:24 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Legislation that sought to abolish Maine’s Land Use Regulation Commission has been bypassed in favor of a longer study into the future of the agency, which oversees development in the state’s nearly 10 million acre Unorganized Territory. Gov. Paul LePage signed into law Friday a bill that …
James Palmer, Ph.D., of Scenic Quality Consultants of Burlington, Vermont, listens to the line of questioning presented by attorney Juliet T. Browne, who is representing Champlain Wind LLC, during the Bowers Wind Power Project Hearing on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor. The hearing is part of a series of public forums held by Maine's Land Use Regulation Commission to allow both the public and the applicant opportunities to present testimony for and against the wind power development.

Guides say Bowers Mountain wind project would disrupt wildlife, harm business

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 06, 2011, at 1:29 p.m.
BANGOR | With his long beard and hair and brown flannel shirt, David Corrigan looks much more like the professional guide he is than a member of the bar, but the 33-year-old Concord Township man had a few F. Lee Bailey-ish moments on Wednesday. Speaking during a Land Use …
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