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1974 Maine Attorney General Reports and Opinions 1 (1974)

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Birbti 'State Planning
Bhn &1.2.   ~Atto;ney General
1  ~n Statufe, 30 M.R.S.A. § 4956
X,  OetObQ  316 ' 1973 comenting on the above
sta4Uandum issued by this office in 1972 was
otwaskTI    oin for not having responded earlier to
a  Iamsite.you can appreciate, we have had
9mpi'4           matista to -which we have been requied to- respond
any              paale your comments and suggestions.
your ;remarks regarding the interpretation
aio~'tec        subdivision as found in §4956. I
Vdo~i    '4.ntent f, our Advisory Mlemrandum to excude
ZIRm the. dafinition of subdivision, t am sure
ee.that .the interpretation given to that
is a -ather broad interpretation and there is,
at we are right. Indeed, there is. a sub-
Bir in Maine that. disagrees with the views of
t                 av considared your suggestion of updating and
revi. 1ig a.Q3~ Lfl~ Avisz Mde~Mor iadum and I would anticipate that at
some timefEnttre we 'will d just that. In the meantime, we
hae* ri           lish a procedure for answering the numerous- inquiri
w   th.         t             regarding interpretation of that sta-
u       et aaryfin;alized an$. agreement with the Maina Municipal
-asso@at4$             ~lo'wing lines. Any inquiry from a land owner
ting an.interpretation of the subdivision statute
referred to the local planning board. The purpose of
t  insure that the local planning board is aware that a
Lx reganig some development in their community and to
znsuxtif     an$ gr bichwe render is based on all the facts, in-
1VmtI-ia '-the developer chooeas to advise us of and those of
oa 4. is aware but which would othezwise not,.ccme..
t* the event that the planning board is una'le to
o  r   the, developer or attorney, the planning board
qies on td..the Maine Munidipal Association-. This seco
ut of regog     n of the fact that the Maine Municipal
6as legal assistance to all 495 communites*in the
Attorney General is ncit the attorney for each muni-
eState, In addition, the Attorney General' s office. and
X.: Association have worked closely in the past in formu-
on to the subdivision statute and we thin it is
at they continue to play a significant role in the
event that a question arises which the Maine Municipal
deems significant enough to refer to our, office, the MMA
..Oct* the question to us for an answer. We would, in turn,, ansi
the Maine Municipal Association. Once the details o.
t have been finalized it is our intention to advise al
mu, ~oites of this agreement and the State and county    ar
  In addition, we would hope that the Maine Municipal

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