By Kevin Miller and Seth Koenig, BDN Staff Bangor Daily News news story PORTLAND, Maine â Calling it the “missing piece” to a 2 million-acre jigsaw puzzle, groups on Tuesday announced the completion of a 363,000-acre conservation deal that was key to Plum Creek winning regulatory approval for its historic Moosehead Lake development plan. Representatives Read More
Plum Creek's Massive Moosehead Proposal
In April 2005, Seattle-based Plum Creek submitted a development proposal for the Moosehead Lake region that was the largest development ever proposed in Maine. The company’s proposal called for 975 house lots, 2 resorts, a golf course, a marina, 3 RV parks—with convenience stores, beauty salons, and gas stations—and more than 100 rental cabins, right in the heart of Maine’s spectacular Moosehead Lake region.
NRCM was the first organization to oppose this plan, which, in addition to too much development in the wrong places, proposed no additional permanent conservation. NRCM spoke out, and so did the people of Maine, including residents of the Moosehead region. As a result of NRCM’s work, the Plum Creek plan was improved — less sprawling, with much improved required conservation measures, and with proposed development removed from remote ponds and other areas.
The region’s primitive beauty deserves protection similar to that given Mount Katahdin. By John Radebaugh Portland Press Herald op-ed I was shocked that the Plum Creek proposal received approval from the Maine Judicial Court on March 15 to develop the Moosehead Lake area, allowing 821 house lots and more than l,200 housing units in the Big Read More
by Lisa Pohlmann, NRCM Executive Director We are disappointed in today’s decision about Plum Creek’s development proposal on lands around Moosehead Lake. We respect the court’s decision. Through the active engagement of thousands of Maine people the final plan was significantly improved from the original plan, though it remains the largest development plan in the Read More
by Kevin Miller, BDN Staff Bangor Daily News news story PORTLAND, Maine—Maine’s highest court on Thursday ruled that state regulators followed proper procedures when approving Plum Creek’s historic development plan for the Moosehead Lake region. The state supreme court disagreed with a lower court that had ordered the Land Use Regulation Commission to hold additional Read More
Mainebiz news story The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has upheld the 2009 approval of Plum Creek Timber Co.’s development in the Moosehead region. The decision overturns a superior court ruling that said LURC broke its own rules in approving the development, according to a press release from Maine Attorney General William Schneider. The Maine Superior Read More
by Kevin Miller Bangor Daily News news story PORTLAND, Maine â Justices with Maine’s highest court offered few clues Tuesday on where they stand on the complicated legal and regulatory battle over Plum Creek’s controversial rezoning proposal for nearly 1,000 houses and two resorts near Moosehead Lake. Attorneys on both sides were given roughly 15 Read More
Having survived (can I say “enjoyed?”) NRCM’s New Year’s Eve day Polar Bear Dip & Dash and welcoming in the New Year with a sunrise walk with the dog through the Spurwink Marsh, I feel like I am entering 2012 with a good reserve of energy and optimism. Looks like we will all need lots of both. Before Read More
by Lisa Pohlmann, NRCM Executive Director Bangor Daily News op-ed In a victory for democracy, a Maine Superior Court judge recently sent Plum Creek’s massive development proposal for Maine’s Moosehead Lake region back to the Land Use Regulation Commission and provided the opportunity to work on a better plan. Seattle-based Plum Creek, a Real Estate Read More
Bangor Daily News editorial A Superior Court ruling sending Plum Creek’s controversial Moosehead Lake development project back to regulators offers a fresh opportunity to improve the plan. The Land Use Regulation Commission must ignore the loud and competing voices and help Plum Creek see the need to present a smaller, more environmentally sensitive proposal. Failing Read More