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Senate Passes Westbrook Pine Tree Zone Bill
May 24, 2006
AUGUSTA – Senator Philip Bartlett II (D-Cumberland County)
was pleased to announce that, LD 2091 “An Act to Make Changes
to the Laws Regarding Pine Tree Development Zones,” was passed
by the Senate yesterday. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Driscoll (D-Westbrook)
and co-sponsored by Senator Bartlett will create a Pine
Tree Development Zone on the site of the SAPPI paper mill in downtown Westbrook.
Pine Tree Zones were first created three years ago, and provide
for job creation. They have been instrumental in bringing new job
opportunities in economically depressed areas.
“I was thrilled that we were able to pass this measure,” said
Senator Bartlett. “It will make a real difference for Westbrook
and the surrounding communities by providing an additional and
potent development tool to the city.”
“I was happy to sponsor this legislation, and supply another
option to bring economic development to our community,” said
Rep. Driscoll. “These types of properties are one of a kind
and irreplaceable. If lost, the ability to create the good paying
jobs those sites can bring are lost as well. Losing that option
is detrimental to not only those communities but to our economy.”
“Westbrook is uniquely poised for growth, and we need to have more
tools to ensure responsible development,” said Assistant House
Majority Leader Bob Duplessie, D-Westbrook, another co-sponsor
of the bill. “Our community has a lot of potential for innovative
investments, as IDEXX Laboratories demonstrated with its recent
expansion. The Pine Tree Zone designation will help us act on that
potential, and attract new businesses with good-paying, sustainable
The site is particularly well suited for development, as it is
already hooked up to industrial electrical capacity, water and
sewage, and good highway and rail access. The bill awaits final
passage and the Governor’s signature.
Senator Bartlett is Chair of the Utilities Energy Committee, and
represents the communities of Gorham, Scarborough and Westbrook.
For more information contact Senator Bartlett at (207) 287-1515.