Moosehead Development 

(AP) – Maine’s wilderness zoning board begins two days of public deliberations Tuesday on the largest subdivision ever proposed for the state’s North Woods.

The Land Use Regulation Commission will meet in Augusta to consider Plum Creek Timber Co.’s proposal for 975 house lots and two resorts in the Moosehead Lake region.

The project has stirred strong feelings on both sides. Backers say it would give a much-needed boost to the local economy, but critics say the plan is far too big and would destroy the character of the Moosehead region.

The LURC staff last week recommended that the project be scaled back, but it stopped short of suggesting approval or rejection.

The commission is expected to deliver its final decision this summer.