Government Panel Calls for Less Restrictive Regulation in Maine’s Northern Woods Citing Potential for Jobs and Development

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A government panel says Northern Maine needs less restrictive regulation in the unorganized territory to give it a better chance to attract jobs and development.

Department of Conservation Commissioner Bill Beardsley, chairman of a 13-member group charged with making recommendations for changes to the Land Use Regulation Commission, addressed the Legislature’s Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee on Thursday.

Beardsley’s panel is looking at the future of LURC.

Environmentalists say the board is needed. But some Republicans say it hasn’t worked in years.

The Kennebec Journal reports that Beardsley says there’s a need to continue to require planning, zoning and permitting in the area.

The 10.4 million acre area has just 12.500 residents.


Information from: Kennebec Journal,

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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