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Maine legislative opposition to “Big Box” operations

On Monday the Maine real estate development recieved a blow when the State and Local Government Committee voted 9-2 to support legislation knowns as The Informed Growth Act requiring developerer to spend as much as $40,000 on a study if building plans call for a store larger than 75,000 square feet. Developers also would have to pay for a public hearing and municipal staff time spent on the study.
The two sides:  Supporters argue that sprawl created by large stores hurts downtowns, the quality of life in Maine and small businesses.
Opponents argue it is another signal to business that Maine is not a friendly state believing that cities and towns should create their own ordinances if they want to control growth, and that 75,000 square feet is not a large retailer by today’s standards.
You be the judge…
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