May 23, 2019

LURC and Plum Creek

Plum Creek Developers, an out-of-state company with a horrible environmental record including clear-cutting and watershed violations and a history of broken promises comes to Maine. It buys up thousands of acres of land, promising to keep it in tree growth. Then it applies to rezone that land to allow the creation of hundreds of house lots, golf courses, resorts and roads.

During the initial public comment period, thousands of people called, testified or sent letters to LURC to oppose Plum Creek’s plans, presenting strong evidence of the dangers to the land, water, resources and people of the region if the proposal were to be approved. Only six spoke in favor of the plans. LURC staff submitted recommendations to amend the original plan. While LURC did reduce some of the acres allowed for development around Lily Bay, these changes did nothing to address the real problems with the development: wilderness sprawl, wildlife habitat destruction, water quality issues, increased traffic, and increased danger posed to endangered species.

It appears that LURC has decided to accept the staff recommended changes, those that did little or nothing to address the impact of the development. LURC is basically telling Plum Creek that if they accept the changes, their application will be approved.

As I see it, LURC totally disregarded the standard review process and its own rules. This whole process has been flawed and the wishes of the people have been disregarded.

Protection of the wildlife and land is important and necessary for the continuation of the Maine that we know and love. Protection of the natural and historic character of the Moosehead Lake region is protection of everything that is good about Maine. The Plum Creek development will significantly destroy that way of life. And once it is gone, it is gone forever.

Marie Louise Morandi Long Zwicker


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