LURC Hears Comments on Land Use Plan 

Catherine Pegram

State regulators are getting public input on a plan meant to guide the future of nearly half the state’s lands.The Land Use Regulation Commission is hosting public hearings this week about its comprehensive land use plan. The 10 year proposal will help shape policy decisions about more than 10 million miles of Unorganized Territory. It’s designed to take into consideration trends for development, recreational use and preservation of the land. Dozens of people addressed LURC members at the hearing in Bangor today. Director Catherine Carroll says anyone can speak up.”It can be somebody who works in the Unorganized Territory, who recreates there, who are landowners or residents – even people who’ve never stepped foot in the Unorganized areas. It’s important we get public participation, otherwise this would not be a useful plan for anybody.”The final public hearing is tomorrow at the Presque Isle Inn in Presque Isle.Written comments will be accepted until October 21st. Then the plan goes to lawmakers for approval.For more information, e-mail [email protected]