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Main-Land Hired for Oxford Casino Site Development

-Main-Land Development Consultants is leading a team of Maine firms readying the site for spring construction and is the only one based in Western Maine-

LIVERMORE FALLS – A Western Maine firm has been chosen as the lead developers for the $165 million Oxford casino project approved by Maine voters last month.

Black Bear Entertainment has retained the Livermore Falls based Main-Land Development Consultants to lead development at the site of the 65,000-square-foot four-season resort casino and connected 200-room hotel atop Pigeon Hill.

The firm’s work as project managers of the site development includes site selection, surveying and site mapping, conceptual planning and site layout, grading and utility designs.

Main-Land is also responsible for obtaining local, state and federal permits for the project, and was on hand to present plans earlier this month at a Maine Department of Environmental Protection required hearing held in Oxford, attended by more than 200 people, the majority of whom turned out in support of the casino and the jobs it will bring to the community.

Main-Land engineer Bob Berry, who is serving as project manager for the firm’s work on the casino, said his team plans to file its application to Maine DEP for a state permit for the first phase of the project by December 22. An application to the town of Oxford’s Planning Board will follow in January.

Following approvals, construction would begin at the site in the spring, with the casino opening the following spring of 2012. Construction at the site will generate hundreds of jobs, and Black Bear Entertainment has received thousands of inquiries from those hoping to work in the casino and related resort facilities once they are complete, said Berry. Future expansion plans include expanded gaming facilities, a 200-room hotel room, parking garage and convention facilities.

While the Oxford casino will provide first class gaming, lodging, dining and entertainment facilities, the development of the resort will be respectful of its rural location. The eco-conscious buildings will compliment the woodland setting and required exterior lights will be downward facing so as not to be seen from nearby Route 26 and abutting homes, Berry explained.

“Main-Land’s has been working in Western Maine for nearly four decades, but perhaps more importantly, we also live, play and are active in our communities here. Because of that, we know how important this resort will be to our neighbors, and we have the local relationships and the track record to ensure the site will be developed in a way that is both respectful of the region’s past while readying it for an exciting and prosperous future,” said Berry.

In addition to Berry as Project Manager, Main-Land’s team includes: Survey Coordinator Charles Buker, engineer Richard Dunton, surveyor Barry Allen and GIS Coordinator and surveyor Timothy Gallant.

Other Maine companies consulting on the site development include wetland scientist Ken Stratton of Winthrop, Maine Traffic Resources of Gardiner, Summit Geoengineering Services of Lewiston, Sweet Associates of Falmouth and Land Design Solutions of Cumberland. The Hartford, Connecticut based JCJ Architecture is the project architect.

Berry said he and his Main-Land team are proud that a local firm was chosen to lead the development of a project so important to the people and financial future of Western Maine. Not only does it speak to the talent the region holds, but also to the commitment of Black Bear Entertainment to create meaningful opportunity for Western Maine from day one, he said.

“Black Bear Entertainment likes to hire the best professionals, and the best can be found right here in Maine,” said Robert Lally, treasurer for Black Bear Entertainment and a co-owner of the nearby Mt. Abram ski area. “When the time came to choose a land development consultant and start site selection for the Oxford Resort Casino, our first call was to Main-Land. The firm has the professionals, the technology, and the understanding of the significance of this resort to our region needed for this unique project.”

For more information about Main-Land Development Consultants, visit www.main-landdci.com or call (207) 897-6752. For more information about the Oxford Resort Casino, visit www.oxfordcasino.com.

ABOUT MAIN-LAND DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANTS
Main-Land Development Consultants has been providing land use planning services including surveying, soils testing, mapping, engineering, permitting and wastewater design to both public and private projects throughout western Maine and beyond since 1974. The company, now in its 37th year, is based in Livermore Falls and can be found online at www.main-landdci.com. For more information, call (207) 897-6752.

Site Law Forum Series Featured in Lewiston Sun Journal

Reporter Leslie Dixon from the Lewiston Sun Journal did a great job letting that paper’s Oxford Hills readers know about our Site Law impact forum series.

Here is her story, which ran in March 3, 2009 issue of the Sun Journal (You can also see it here on the Sun Journal’s website if you missed the printed version):

Site development change subject of forums
By Leslie H. Dixon, Staff Writer

NORWAY – The impact of proposed legislation designed to limit large-scale nonresidential development to specific areas will be the topic of public forums this month in Norway, Bridgton, Auburn and Kingfield.

If enacted, the Act to Update the Site Location of Development Law would limit large scale nonresidential development to designated growth zones, urban compact zones, census designated areas or those areas served by public sewer systems, according to Darryl Brown, president of the Main-Land Development Consultants of Livermore Falls.

The legislation and would also prohibit disturbance of slopes 20 percent or greater, limiting projects in Maine’s mountainous regions, and give the Department of Environmental Protection the authority to approve or reject site contractors selected for project construction.

It is sponsored by Rep. Bob Duchesne, D-Hudson.

“We’re not trying to be confrontational,” Brown said Monday. “That’s not our goal. Our goal is to educate. Very few people knew this was happening.”

Local officials, including town managers, Planning Board members, and others such as builders and attorneys have been invited to the first forum from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, at the Norway Legion Hall on Main Street.

Forums are also scheduled for Bridgton on March 17, Auburn on March 24 and Kingfield March 26.

Brown said the proposed amendment to the existing site laws developed in the 1970s would require developments of certain size be restricted to specific areas such as growth areas. “There are some 200 towns that don’t even have comprehensive plans,” said Brown of the step towns must take before a growth area can be designated.

For example, he said, if Lowe’s wanted to locate in Waterford it would be impossible under the pending legislation because Waterford has no urban compact zone, growth area or public sewer. Norway and Paris have public sewer, but it is not far reaching, making development difficult, he said.

Brown said the legislation also proposed that if a developer can not place a residential subdivision in a growth area, it can be placed outside of one but only if 55 percent of the land area is donated to open space or conservation land.

In addition to Brown, Tom DuBois and Bob Berry, engineers at Main Land Development Consultants will be at the forum.

MLDC’s Site Law Forum Series: Next Stop in Norway/South Paris

WHO: Darryl Brown, President/Owner of Main-Land Development Consultants; Tom DuBois and Bob Berry, Engineers at MLDC; and area developers, Realtors, town officials, etc.

WHAT: Presentation on the Act to Update the Site Location of Development Law –sponsored by Rep. Bob Duchesne (D- Hudson)– and its impacts to the western Maine region and beyond followed by public discussion.

WHERE: Norway Legion Hall, 82 Main Street in Norway

WHEN: 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 6

WHY: If enacted, the Act to Update the Site Location of Development Law would limit large scale non-residential development to designated growth zones, urban compact zones, census designated areas or those areas served by public sewer systems. It would also prohibit the disturbances of slopes 20 percent or greater, limiting projects in Maine’s mountainous regions, and give MDEP the authority to approve or reject site contractors selected for project construction.

Norway/South Paris forum to consider impact of proposed land development law changes
The event is being put on by the Livermore Falls based Main-Land Development Consultants

NORWAY- An upcoming public forum will allow area residents to learn more about massive reforms to Maine’s land development policy being proposed by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.

The March 6 forum is the third in a series of seven forums around western Maine being put on by Main-Land Development Consultants-a Livermore Falls-based land planning firm – in response to the Maine DEP’s proposed changes to the Site Location of Development Law.

75 people attended the first forum in the series, held in Bethel on February 25.

Darryl Brown, president/owner of Main-Land and a former legislator, said he initiated the series over concerns that the proposed changes to the law and rules related to it could drastically slow down – if not all together stop – development in the state.

The Act to Update the Site Location of Development Law, sponsored by Rep. Bob Duchesne (D- Hudson), does not yet have an LD (legislative document) number but is expected to be taken up this session, says Brown.

If enacted, it would limit large scale non-residential development to designated growth zones, urban compact zones, census designated areas or those areas served by public sewer systems. Meanwhile, if a residential development larger than 30 acres is proposed outside these zones, that development would be classified as a conservation subdivision, requiring the preservation of at least 55 percent of the land area.

The law changes would also prohibit the disturbances of slopes 20 percent or greater, which could limit projects in Maine’s mountainous regions, like the greater Norway/South Paris area.

“In nearly four decades as a land planner, never have I been more worried about the impact of a piece of legislation than I am now,” explained Brown, who along with engineers from his firm, will be presenting an overview of the DEP’s proposal and its potential impacts on western Maine at the forum. “This would essentially prohibit development in rural Maine and the jobs and revenue it brings. In these trying economic times, we should be encouraging investment in our communities, not legislatively preventing it.”

DEP has held informational meetings on its plan in Portland and Augusta, which Brown and his staff attended, but he says many western Maine small business owners didn’t know about those meetings, or have the time to go to. He hopes through the forums, stakeholders will be educated about the law and rules changes that are proposed, and be empowered to participate in future public hearings when the state Legislature considers the act later this session.

“We want these forums to be educational, not accusatory,” stressed Brown. “From our perspective, there are both positive and negative portions of the MDEP’s proposal and it is our objective to simply present to people potential impacts of the changes in their area so that if they wish, they can be an informed voice in the process of developing this public policy that will shape the landscape of Maine’s future.”

The forum will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Friday, March 6 at the Norway Legion Hall at 82 Main Street. It is open to the public and coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

Subsequent forums will be held in Bridgton (March 17), Skowhegan (March 19), Auburn (March 24) and Kingfield (March 26).

For more information, contact Darryl Brown at 897-6752 or darryl@main-landdci.com.

ABOUT MAIN-LAND DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANTS
Main-Land Development Consultants has been providing land use planning services including surveying, soils testing, mapping, engineering, permitting, and wastewater design to both public and private projects throughout western Maine and beyond since 1974. The company, now in its 35th year, is based in Livermore Falls and can be found online at www.main-landdci.com. For more information, call (207) 897- 6752.