An Act To Clarify the Informed Growth Act
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, recent local interpretations of the Informed Growth Act have been inconsistent, resulting in unpredictability for developers; and
Whereas, it is important for economic growth to clarify the Informed Growth Act to encourage timely local economic development; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 30-A MRSA §4366, sub-§6, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 347, §1, is amended to read:
Sec. 2. 30-A MRSA §4372 is enacted to read:
§ 4372. Existing structure
This subchapter does not apply to a retail business establishment proposing to occupy an existing building in which the most recent occupant was a large-scale retail development as long as no increase greater than 20,000 square feet in gross floor area is proposed.
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.