R. Gedat: Update on LURC reform

I hope my friend, Oxford County Commissioner Caldwell Jackson, is right when he says state revenues already collected for unorganized territories will offset the costs of reforming land use regulation in the unorganized territories (letter, April 19).

Local taxpayers should not have to fund these changes in their tax bills.

There have been some big and positive changes since I wrote of my concerns that proposed changes to Land Use Regulation Commission (the state agency in charge of land use regulations in our unorganized territories) would end up costing taxpayers money (March 18). The costly “county opt-out provision” has been removed and the bill that the Legislature passed assigns only a new, small and yet undefined oversight role to the county.

On the other hand, some LURC functions have been moved to other state agencies which will fragment the permitting process and make it less efficient. The final bill shifts permitting of small projects to the counties, large projects to the Department of Environmental Protection, and forestry permitting to the Department of Forestry. These changes are likely to translate into greater costs, at least to the applicants and the state agencies that will be taking on these new responsibilities.

While there has been much contention and debate about LURC reforms, I was encouraged to see the Legislature come together with a unanimous compromise of the final bill. That requires respectful discourse, absent of personal attacks with the best interests of taxpayers always in the forefront.

Roy Gedat, Norway

Treasurer, County of Oxford

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Richard Begin's picture

Gedat's Second LURC Letter

Jonathan despite what you may think I as others have again pointed out that Mr Treasurer Roy GeDat tends to play fast and Loose with the Truth.

Just as I have read your Postings through the Years and You as well have a odious Habit of Bending the Truth to fit your Partisan Agenda.Furthermore Jonathan I have over the years Detected almost a Pro Marxist leaning or Slant to your Writtings.

So it may be a Stretch coming from your sometimes Poison Pen .

That I was making my observation of Roy's latest effort.

Was just one more attempt to rewrite what was so abley written by County Commissioner Jackson on the Subject of LURC.

I suspect that LURC may indeed be one of your Pet Projects and the eventual and Final Review of the Wicked Reach of Lurc has forunately and Finally come up for the Straight Face Test.

Jonathan could it be that Lurc is within your Leftist Comfort Zone? I for one am within my own Comfort Zone with what Wonderous changes that Our Great Governor has started to right many wrongs in Maine.

The Sheer Magnitude of what he and the Great State officer Bruce Poliquin have uncovered and exposed is Sheer delight for those of us who have been struggling under the Yoke of the Dedicated derisve Policies that the Party of which you are associated with.

It would be safe to say that their efforts have rocked your Comfort Zone.

I see recently with your posting's a state of Despair

Richard Begin's picture

LURC & MR GeDaT

Roy
Enough is enough do you need a New Shovel to dig a Deeper Hole?

Do you not know when to walk away from an issue that you have created.Roy you need to function with the Commissioners and would it be more Logial to try a different Tact?

It seems more and more like you are a Tool for Cathy Newell. Espicially when you were present when the Governor was Speaking in Oxford you and your fellow Noise makers did your best to disrupt the Performance from The Cabinet officals who were there to meet the Voters.

While trouble makers and rumour makers like you and Ms newell were spouting off about being more Transparent.

Lets Talk about Being Transparent

Jonathan Albrecht's picture

You can always count on a Republican to avoid the issue

I didn't see anything in your note about LURC or Mr. Gedat's points nor the obvious problems with the anti-LURC proposals of the Governor. You just dealt in personality.

Richard Begin's picture

LURC & MR GeDaT

Roy
Enough is enough do you need a New Shovel to dig a Deeper Hole?

Do you not know when to walk away from an issue that you have created.Roy you need to function with the Commissioners and would it be more Logial to try a different Tact?

It seems more and more like you are a Tool for Cathy Newell. Espicially when you were present when the Governor was Speaking in Oxford you and your fellow Noise makers did your best to disrupt the Performance from The Cabinet officals who were there to meet the Voters.

While trouble makers and rumour makers like you and Ms newell were spouting off about being more Transparent.

Lets Talk about Being Transparent

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