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News Release | Environment Maine

Coalition Concerned LURC Reform Proposal Headed Off-Track

Members of a broad coalition of conservation and planning groups are raising concerns about reforms proposed for the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) and how those reforms are being addressed in the Legislature. Maine's legendary North Woods - the anchor of our forest products and tourism economies and our natural outdoors heritage - stands to pay a high price.

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Planning in the North Woods an issue for all Mainers

At 10.4 million acres, the North Woods cover more than half of the state of Maine. They are also the lungs of the state, and the headwaters of most of our major rivers. Control of the majority of the state's land must rest not in a minority of its citizens, but in a body appointed by elected officials who represent all of us.

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LURC reforms stronger without county opt-out, if members face legislative review

We are pleased that the LURC reform task force has rejected the extreme proposal to eliminate the commission, and has instead focused on how to increase the role the counties play in governing the land. While we support the majority of the task force's recommendations, we have serious reservations about the provision to allow counties to opt out of LURC.

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Lawmakers tell conservation commissioner: Give us a LURC bill

Members of a state task force created to reform the Land Use Regulation Commission urged lawmakers Tuesday to quickly pass changes to LURC’s structure and rules. Many lawmakers balked, saying quick action was premature.

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News Release | Environment Maine

LURC Task Force Recommendations Threaten North Woods' Future

Department of Conservation Commissioner Bill Beardsley presented the findings of the LURC Reform Commission to the Maine Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry. The task force’s report recommends that the Legislature alter and significantly weaken LURC, rolling back 40 years of protections for the North Woods.

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