During this Thanksgiving season, the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) pauses to thank our over 300 members who employ thousands of Maine citizens and invest millions of dollars in the Maine economy each year. MEREDA is the only voice for the real estate development industry in Maine and has established itself as a forceful, credible advocate. Our success is dependent upon bringing together the many different trades that are vitally interested in promoting positive growth in our great state, and we thank each and every one of you for your continued support. Thank-you!
Our members have shown that they are invested in what we do, as we continue to host timely and informative events throughout the year that attract members and other professionals who have an interest in working with us. We also have been more visible in the news media, speaking out on important issues and promoting the importance of our industry to the state of Maine as part of our effort to raise the profile of our organization and its members.
MEREDA continues to advocate for legislation in Augusta that encourages responsible development and sensible planning. Recently, MEREDA passed legislation to expedite the land use appeals process in Maine and help facilitate development throughout the State. This new law, LD #775, “An Act to Streamline Judicial Review of Certain Land Use Decisions,” represents progress for the real estate and development community. Another achievement was the passage of LD #395, “An Act to Amend the Site Location of Development Laws”, a bill that grandfathers existing storm water treatment systems when a prior municipally-approved project proposes an expansion that now falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Environmental Protection. The passage of this legislation allows for the resurrection of a project to expand an affordable senior housing Development in southern Maine, and will have a similar positive impact on developments around the state.
Our directors, staff, and volunteer committee leaders are all committed to providing our members with the highest level advocacy, professional development, and networking opportunities – all designed to promote responsible development in Maine and to help your business succeed. We take great pride in our mission and our accomplishments.
Thank you for being part of MEREDA’s success! We wish you a safe and joyous holiday season and look forward to working with you in the new year.