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07-105
State Planning Office
2004-2005 Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 07-105
AGENCY NAME: Executive, State Planning Office

CONTACT PERSON: Tony VanDenBossche, 38 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333. Tel: (207) 287-1474, email: tony.vandenbossche@maine.gov

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 2004-2005 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER 100:
TITLE: Affordable Housing Definition Rule
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 30-A M.R.S.A. § 4312 sub-§ 4 and § 5002, sub-§2
PURPOSE: This rule defines affordable housing for use in planning and developing lower- and moderate-income housing under the Affordable Housing Partnership Act of 1989 and the Planning and Land Use Regulation Act. The State Planning Office and Maine State Housing Authority will review the definition to determine that it is still appropriate. This rule is likely to be folded into Chapter 201-210 rule reorganization outlined below.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: By October 2005
AFFECTED PARTIES: Municipalities, State, and Regional Agencies
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated
CONTACT PERSON: Beth Della Valle, 38 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333, Tel: (207) 287-2851, email: beth.dellavalle@maine.gov

CHAPTER 201: Procedural Rule for Submission and Review of Comprehensive Plans and Zoning Ordinances
CHAPTER 202: Comprehensive Plan Review Criteria Rule
CHAPTER 203: Subdivision Ordinance Review Criteria Rule
CHAPTER 205: Procedural Rule for Submittal and Review of Municipal Growth Management Programs for a Certificate of Consistency
CHAPTER 210: Zoning Ordinance Review Criteria Rule
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 30-A M.R.S.A. § 4312 §§ 4
PURPOSE: This amendment would consolidate and amend the previously adopted rules to incorporate electronic efficiencies, reduce administrative burden on state and local governments, clarify vague standards, update linkages with related state policies and programs, and address recent changes in statutes as necessary to carry out the purposes of the subchapter of the Planning and Land Use Regulation Act.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: By October 2005
AFFECTED PARTIES: Municipalities, State, and Regional Agencies
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated
CONTACT PERSON: Beth Della Valle, 38 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333, Tel: (207) 287-2851, email: beth.dellavalle@maine.gov

CHAPTER 220:
TITLE: Methodology for Identification of Regional Service Centers
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 30-A M.R.S.A. §4301, sub-§14-A
PURPOSE: This rule specifies the information and methods that the office uses to identify municipalities and, under certain circumstances, parts of municipalities that are identified as service center communities to determine a municipality's eligibility or preference for certain state loans, grants, and assistance. The office is required to update the list of regional service centers every five years in accordance with the methodology detailed in this chapter.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: By October 2005
AFFECTED PARTIES: Municipalities, State, and Regional Agencies
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated
CONTACT PERSON: John DelVecchio, 38 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333, Tel: (207) 287-8058, email: john.delvecchio@maine.gov

CHAPTER 300:
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 30-A M.R.S.A. § 4451 (5)
TITLE: Municipal Code Enforcement Officer Qualifications and Certification Standards Rule
PURPOSE: Amend the Municipal Code Enforcement Officer Qualifications and Certification Standards to clarify standards for certification and advanced certification.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: By October 2005
AFFECTED PARTIES: Municipalities, Municipal Code Enforcement Officers, Licensed Plumbing Inspectors
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated
CONTACT PERSON: Lana Clough, 38 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333, Tel: (207) 287-8056, email: lana.clough@maine.gov

CHAPTER 475:
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 38 M.R.S.A. §2175-A
TITLE: Property Value Offset Program for Agency-operated Solid Waste Disposal Facilities
PURPOSE: Amend the rule that establishes a formula and process for reimbursement for loss in property value directly attributable to the construction and operation of a solid waste disposal facility operated by the Maine State Planning Office.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: By October 2005
AFFECTED PARTIES: Property Owners
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated
CONTACT PERSON: George MacDonald, 38 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333, Tel: (207) 287-5759, email: george.macdonald@maine.gov

CHAPTER - New rule:
TITLE: Financial Assistance Program Rule
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 30-A M.R.S.A. § 4312 §§ 4
PURPOSE: This rule would guide financial assistance programs administered under the Planning and Land Use Regulation Act.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: By October 2005
AFFECTED PARTIES: Municipalities, Regional Agencies
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated
CONTACT PERSON: Beth Della Valle, 38 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333, Tel: (207) 287-2851, email: beth.dellavalle@maine.gov

CHAPTER - New rule:
TITLE: Administrative Program Rule
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 30-A M.R.S.A. § 4312 §§ 4
PURPOSE: This rule would guide the Office in carrying out the purposes of the subchapter guiding growth-related capital investments, the siting of state office building, grant preference, and other administrative elements of the Planning and Land Use Regulation Act.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By October 2005
AFFECTED PARTIES: Municipalities, State Agencies
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated
CONTACT PERSON: Beth Della Valle, 38 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333, Tel: (207) 287-2851, email: beth.dellavalle@maine.gov

CHAPTER - New rule:
TITLE: Regional Council Contract Requirements
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 30-A M.R.S.A. § 2303 (2)
PURPOSE: This rule would create standardized contracts and administrative and audit requirements for state funds received by regional councils.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By October 2005
AFFECTED PARTIES: Regional Agencies, State Agencies
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: not contemplated
CONTACT PERSON: Beth Della Valle, 38 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333, Tel: (207) 287-2851, email: beth.dellavalle@maine.gov


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