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Latest Land Use Regulation Commission Stories

2008-10-06 15:00:17

Plum Creek has until Oct. 14 to decide whether to accept a generous offer from the Land Use Regulation Commission to endorse its application to rezone land around Moosehead Lake for development. The company must decide whether to accept modest changes to the plan recommended by LURC staff. LURC, by moving some development away from water bodies and setting standards for both development and conservation, has improved the plan. At the same time, approval of Plum Creek's plan sets a dangerous...

2008-10-02 15:00:30

By KEVIN MILLER; OF THE NEWS STAFF It's officially Plum Creek's call. State regulators gave Plum Creek a formal answer Wednesday nearly 3 1/2 years after the company unveiled Maine's largest development proposal: Either accept our changes to your Moosehead Lake plan or risk walking away empty-handed. Plum Creek officials, who have until Oct. 14 to respond to the Land Use Regulation Commission, said they were glad to see their proposal moving forward. "We're pleased to be at this...

2008-10-01 15:00:21

By KEVIN MILLER; OF THE NEWS STAFF State officials met Tuesday with members of the group that helped stage a small but vocal protest against the Land Use Regulation Commission's tentative endorsement of Plum Creek's Moosehead Lake development plan. While the dialogue was civil, it did not appear to quell the frustrations that prompted Monday's protests and that likely will dog Plum Creek's controversial application for the foreseeable future. "I'm not sure how high our expectations can...

2008-10-01 15:00:00

Opponents of Plum Creek Timber Co.'s extensive development plans for the Moosehead Lake region got their audience with state officials Tuesday, one day after four Earth First! protesters ended up in jail. The protesters, who locked themselves together in the Land Use Regulation Commission's headquarters, said they committed an act of civil disobedience because they felt their voices weren't being heard. All four were charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct, made bail and were...

2008-09-29 18:00:00

By Anonymous As the complex and long-lasting controversy over the development of a huge tract of land around Moosehead Lake draws to an end, one thing that was always true is coming sharply into focus: No possible plan could have satisfied all the people with an interest in the area. Compromising fully on the goals of the Plum Creek Timber Co., the Land Use Regulation Commission, the people of the Greenville area, tourists, economic development advocates, environmental groups, land-...

2008-09-24 15:00:29

By KEVIN MILLER; OF THE NEWS STAFF BANGOR - Critics and supporters of Plum Creek's housing and resort plan for the Moosehead Lake region made closing arguments Tuesday to state regulators winding down their review of the largest development proposal in Maine history. For most parties, Tuesday's hearing was the last chance to address the Land Use Regulation Commission before the agency presents Plum Creek with a take-it-or-leave-it scenario. The commission is expected to wrap up...

2008-09-22 15:00:28

By DIANA BOWLEY; OF THE NEWS STAFF GREENVILLE - Selectmen signed a resolution this week supporting Plum Creek's amended 30-year plan for its land in the Moosehead Lake region. While selectmen voted in January to support the plan, Town Manager John Simko believed a resolution would send a stronger message of the plan's significance to the region as the state Land Use Regulation Commission holds two days of deliberative sessions. Those sessions will be held Tuesday, Sept. 23 and...

2008-09-22 15:00:28

By KEVIN MILLER; OF THE NEWS STAFF The paperwork alone takes up 35 file cabinet drawers in a state office building. The company behind the largest development proposal in Maine history has already paid state regulators more than $1.2 million just to cover the costs of processing the application. It's been the subject of weeks of public meetings, and consumed thousands of hours of staff time within state agencies during the past three years. But by the middle of next week, Plum Creek...

2008-09-11 15:00:18

By KEVIN MILLER; OF THE NEWS STAFF State regulators will hold two days of deliberations later this month on Plum Creek Timber Co.'s controversial development plan for the Moosehead Lake area. The Land Use Regulation Commission will meet beginning at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, and beginning at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24. Both meetings will be at the Ramada Inn on Odlin Road in Bangor. This could be the final deliberations on Plum Creek's historic development plan for the Moosehead...

2008-09-11 15:00:18

By KEVIN MILLER; OF THE NEWS STAFF BANGOR - Members of Maine's Land Use Regulation Commission spent most of Wednesday bogged down in semantics as they struggled to update a planning document that affects policy decisions on more than 10 million acres. LURC is in the process of re-writing its Comprehensive Land Use Plan for the Unorganized Territory for the first time since 1997. But like many other issues before LURC recently, the comprehensive plan update has become part of a larger...