A new bill would put on hold recently adopted rules from the state's Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) that determine where commercial and residential development can occur across Maine's unorganized territories.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public File

Many of Maine’s struggling former mill towns are trying to shape their economic futures. Some are looking toward new recreation and business to jump-start lagging economies. But in some towns, residents are worried that new rules governing development in Maine’s North Woods could impede some of that progress.

The Land Use Planning Commission, or LUPC, oversees zoning and development in the state’s unorganized territories—a huge swath encompassing millions of acres of land. Its proposed changes to how Maine’s North Woods are regulated are drawing controversy. Why were the changes proposed and what will they mean for a huge swath of Maine? This topic is also being covered by Maine Public reporter Robbie Feinberg.