MOOSEHEAD LAKE (NEWS CENTER) — In May, the Land Use Regulation Commission, or LURC, issued hundreds of recommended changes to Plum Creek’s development plans. The commission then asked to hear from the public on what they think of the proposals. The month-long public comment period closed last friday and both sides are reacting to the feedback LURC received.
Cathy Johnson and the staff at the Natural Resources Council of Maine have been reading more than 1,700 e-mails LURC received in response to recommended changes to Plum Creek’s development plan for Moosehead Lake. Johnson says many people wrote about one particular place on the water.
“Specifically 85% said no development on Lily Bay…and this is really important because Lily Bay is an area of Moosehead Lake where Maine people have gone to camp and fish and watch the stars and have a nice family vacation. Plum Creek is proposing to put a resort with a marina, house lots, and golf course.”
The Natural Resources Council of Maine says only six of the emails support Plum Creek’s development plan. Catherine Carroll of LURC says it’s not that simple. She says some of the letters oppose some parts of the project but support others.
Either way, Johnson says Mainers are sending a clear message. “We really hope that LURC and Plum Creek will really listen to what Maine people are saying about what they want to see happen on Moosehead Lake. And we’re hopeful that the commission will carefully review these letters and will tell Plum Creek development is not what people want to see on Lily Bay.”
Luke Muzzy of Plum Creek wasn’t available to talk on camera, but says development at Lily Bay is essential to Plum Creek’s development plan. “At the end of the day, this puts 390,000 acres in permanent conservation and makes economic development for the state and the area.”
Catherine Carroll says the Land Use Regulation Commission will spend the next couple of months going through the emails and deciding how to move forward. Carroll says LURC hopes to have its final recommendations for Plum Creek by September.