Title

"The Talk of Maine" piece on how Maine's Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) h

Authors

Jeff Clark

Source

Down East

Date

8-1-2007

Pages

25-26, 31-32

Abstract

"The Talk of Maine" piece on how Maine's Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) has seen proposals for over half a billion dollars of new development, on top of burgeoning residential demand. The number of projects is steady at about 1,200 a year, but size, complexity and public visibility have increased. In the past 20 years, two-thirds of the North Woods has changed hands in increasingly smaller parcels. Land went for timber prices of $200 per acre in 1998, but today's prices range from $400 to $2,100 an acre. Wind farms and resorts are new uses that LURC's old plan doesn't cover. The small staff is working to update their 1997 comprehensive plan while trying to stem "wilderness sprawl" before it's too late.

Subjects

Land Use Regulation Commission, Land use

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