Conservation groups oppose development changes proposed for Maine woods
Conservation groups in Maine on Wednesday urged state officials not to expand the distance limit that determines where subdivisions and commercial projects can be built in the state’s Unorganized Territory.
The Land Use Planning Commission is considering a change in policy that would allow zoning changes to occur in unorganized areas of the state that are within at least 10 linear miles of the boundary of a designated “retail hub” community — an area that encompasses 1.8 million acres of mostly undeveloped land, not including land protected from development by conservation restrictions.
Under the commission’s current policy, any new subdivision or commercial development in unorganized townships has to be within one road mile of existing similar development.
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