by Cathy Johnson, NRCM North Woods Project Director
Good afternoon Sen. Nutting, Rep. Pieh and members of the Committee. My name is Cathy Johnson. I am the North Woods Project Director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine. I am here today on behalf of the 12,000 members and supporters of the Natural Resources Council of Maine in opposition to L.D. 413.
This bill is identical to one which was considered by this Committee and unanimously voted Ought Not To Pass on May 9, 2007. Its attempt to change the purpose of the Land Use Regulation Commission was rejected in 2007 and should be rejected again by this Committee.
This bill attempts to elevate the interests of property owners over the interests of Maine citizens, despite the clear intent of the Legislature in establishing LURC in 1971 to administer the unorganized townships for the good of all of the people of Maine.
This bill would also elevate forestry and agriculture over other economic uses of the jurisdiction. Some of those users who would be relegated to second class status by this bill include:
All of these users provide benefit to the local economies, along with forestry and agriculture.
LURC’s statutory purpose, in place since 1971, strikes the appropriate balance among the multiple uses and users of the unorganized territories and should not be amended. We urge you to vote Ought Not To Pass on L.D. 413.
Thank you for your attention.