Moosehead Development 

Those long-awaited hearings on Plum Creek Timber’s controversial development in the Moosehead Lake region will not begin on May 19th as originally planned.

The Land Use Regulation Commission said it suspended its hearing schedule after Plum Creek said it wanted to amend its proposal that includes nearly one-thousand house lots and two resorts in the Greenville area.

LURC Director Catherine Carroll said she wasn’t surprised by Plum Creek’s request because it’s not unusual for an applicant to fine-tune its proposal before it goes to a public hearing. She noted that her agency’s review staff has been offering ideas on how the application might be tweaked.

Plum Creek officials could not be reached immediately for comment. But the Natural Resources Council of Maine, which has led the opposition to the project, said it’s encouraged by the Plum Creek request. The council had pushed the commission to set back the start of the hearings to July at the earliest.