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Maine Real Estate & Development Association Hosts Forum: Unorganized Territory: Reform of the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC)

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AUGUSTA, Maine — MEREDA Hosts Breakfast Event: Unorganized Territory: Reform of the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC)¬† from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20,¬† at the Senator Inn & Conference Center, 284 Western Ave. The Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) has assembled a panel to discuss the various issues associated with LURC and efforts to reform this agency. The discussion will prove to be interesting, as issues of policy are tightly intertwined with passionately held personal beliefs. This breakfast will introduce you to various points of view regarding this issue, which is sure to be a topic of very public debate over the next year.

Join us on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at the Senator Inn & Conference Center, as our presenters discuss Maine’s system of regulating land use in the unorganized territory under LURC and the various reforms of LURC that will be debated during the next legislative session.

Meet the Panelists:

Patrick Strauch is the Executive Director of the Maine Forest Products Council. Trained in forest management and silviculture at the University of Maine, Patrick worked as a forester in Maine before joining the Council. As much of Maine’s forest lands are regulated by LURC, Patrick and the Council have been involved in the debate regarding LURC reform.

Orlando Delogu is an Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law. Professor Delogu has taught and written extensively on environmental and land uses issues and has been an advocate for LURC reform.

Carlisle McLean is the Senior Natural Resources Policy Advisor to Governor LePage. Before serving on Governor LePage’s staff, Carlie practiced environmental law, including practicing before LURC.

Elizabeth Swain is President of Barton & Gingold, a public affairs and public relations firm in Portland. From 1984 until 1992, Elizabeth served as a member of LURC, serving as Chair for four terms.

Christopher Gardner is the Executive Director of the Eastport Port Authority and he chairs the Washington County Commission. Representing a county with 42 percent of its acreage under LURC jurisdiction, Chris has advocated for more control of this land by County Commissioners.

Drew Sigfridson, MEREDA board member and broker at CB Richard Ellis/The Boulos Company, will act as moderator.

FMI or to Register: www.mereda.org

To make this event even more timely, the 13 member task force charged with reviewing Maine’s oversight of more than 10 million acres in the state will meet for the first time in Bangor two days later on September 22nd.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Shelly R. Clark

Telephone Number: (207)874-0801

Website: http://www.mereda.org

Email: info@mereda.org