Shoreland Zoning Rule Changes Coming Soon

By Avery Day, Lawyer / Lobbyist, Pierce Atwood LLP

Shoreland zoning rule changes at the state level are on the regulatory agenda over the coming months.  Through Maine’s shoreland zoning statute, municipalities are required to adopt and enforce local land use ordinances regulating development in the shoreland zone.  These ordinances, however, are reviewed by the Department of Environmental Protection (“the Department”) before they become effective.  The review criteria are found in the Department’s Chapter 1000: Guidelines for Municipal Shoreland Zoning Ordinances.  The Department is now pursuing a comprehensive set of proposed revisions to these review criteria via the rulemaking process.

On August 27th, the Department published its proposed revisions of Chapter 1000.  These revisions can be found …

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