Title

"Focus on York County" piece on residential growth caps, which have been adopted

Authors

David Versel

Source

Mainebiz

Date

3-21-2005

Pages

29

Abstract

"Focus on York County" piece on residential growth caps, which have been adopted by 17 of 29 York County municipalities. The wait to obtain a growth permit can be as long as two years, and the demand for new housing is not slowing. Growth-cap ordinances tend to be approved by wide margins, but critics argue that they decrease the availability of affordable housing and increase sprawl by shifting development to other jurisdictions. The state's growth management laws require municipalities with growth caps to have ordinances and comprehensive plans consistent with the state's growth management goals. Wells' growth cap was successfully challenged in court by a developer. Town-wide growth caps are not likely to be legally sustainable for the long term, and towns will have to move beyond caps to a more equitable way of managing growth.

Subjects

Cities and towns Growth, Real estate development

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