March 9, 2016 – On Wednesday, the Maine Land Use Planning Commission removed Highland Plantation and Lexington Township from the state’s notorious expedited permitting area.
The passage of LD 828 last June (now Public Law 2015, Chapter 265) gave Unorganized Territory communities the opportunity to petition the LUPC for removal from the special wind permitting zone set up in 2008 in a hasty, poorly considered move by the Maine Legislature.
At Wednesday’s meeting, the final administrative procedures needed to remove thirteen communities from the expedited permitting area were completed. Eight other communities that had petitioned for removal were not as lucky. In those places, individuals or companies are challenging the petitions of local residents, an effort to keep those communities from regaining their right to a voice in matters related to industrial wind development.
Residents of affected UT communities have until June 30, 2016 to submit petitions for removal from the expedited permitting area. Information on the petition process and how to go about it is available at the LUPC’s website.
Communities removed from the wind power expedited permitting area as of 3/9/2016:
Big Moose Twp.
Harfords Point Twp.
Moosehead Junction Twp.
Parlin Pond Twp.
Rockwood Strip Twp. (T1 R1 NBKP)
Sandbar Tract Twp.
The Forks Plt.
West Forks Plt.
Communities where petitions for removal are being challenged:
Long Pond Twp.
Taunton & Raynham Academy Grant Twp.