AUGUSTA (AP) – Maine’s wilderness zoning board has completed the first weekend of hearings on Plum Creek’s proposal for a major development in the Moosehead Lake area.

About 300 people attended a hearing Sunday in Augusta. About half of the crowd said they intended to speak. Of those, a little more than one-third said they were in favor of the proposal, and fewer than two-thirds were against it.

Hearings before the Land Use Regulation Commission got under way Saturday in Greenville.

The Seattle-based Plum Creek wants a zoning change on 420,000 acres as part of a 30-year plan to develop 975 house lots and two resorts. About 20,000 acres would be developed.

Additional hearings are scheduled for Dec. 15 in Portland and Dec. 16 in Greenville.

Information from: Kennebec Journal,

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