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Old 12-05-2007, 06:00 PM
 
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what exactly is an unincorporated town? do they hold town meetings? do these towns have different building codes, zoning laws, etc ? how are they run? what does it mean for people who live in them? anybody know the answers to these questions?
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Miane has many unincorporated towns. I don't have the knowledge to answer your questions correctly but, here's a link, hopw it helps
New England town - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Except in some very sparsely populated areas of the three northern New England states (primarily in the interior of Maine), the concept of unincorporated territory, even in rural areas, is unknown. With the exception of those very sparsely populated areas, every square inch of land in New England is within the boundaries of a town or other incorporated municipality.
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:19 PM
 
Location: South Orange County
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what exactly is an unincorporated town? do they hold town meetings? do these towns have different building codes, zoning laws, etc ? how are they run? what does it mean for people who live in them? anybody know the answers to these questions?
Wikipedia outlines it quite well. Check here:

New England town - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Maine
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1..2...3.. u owe me a coke
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:37 PM
 
Location: God's Country, Maine
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Example...T2 R3 NBKP (Soldiertown)

Translation... Town 2, Range 3, North of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase

Maine's full of them!
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:40 PM
 
Location: South Orange County
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1..2...3.. u owe me a coke
Great minds.....
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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"what exactly is an unincorporated town?"

It is a town with too few people interested enough to form a town government or a town that has lost so many people they cannot continue.

"do they hold town meetings?"

They do not. The county manages their cemetaries and townspeople pay their taxes to the state. The state arranges to have the kids tuitioned to nearby school systems.

"do these towns have different building codes, zoning laws, etc ? how are they run?"

They do indeed have different land use rules. The people are governed by the Land Use Regulation Commission. Members of LURC are appointed (not elected) to rule over 52% of the state. As far as building codes, we tend do do things ourselves and then get a licesed electrician for example check it out for safety.

"what does it mean for people who live in them? anybody know the answers to these questions?"

The good news is that taxes in the Unorganized Territories and unincorporated towns are less than half what they are in organized towns. However, it can take years to get a building permit.
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Old 12-05-2007, 07:42 PM
 
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"what exactly is an unincorporated town?"

It is a town with too few people interested enough to form a town government or a town that has lost so many people they cannot continue.

"do they hold town meetings?"

They do not. The county manages their cemetaries and townspeople pay their taxes to the state. The state arranges to have the kids tuitioned to nearby school systems.

"do these towns have different building codes, zoning laws, etc ? how are they run?"

They do indeed have different land use rules. The people are governed by the Land Use Regulation Commission. Members of LURC are appointed (not elected) to rule over 52% of the state. As far as building codes, we tend do do things ourselves and then get a licesed electrician for example check it out for safety.

"what does it mean for people who live in them? anybody know the answers to these questions?"

The good news is that taxes in the Unorganized Territories and unincorporated towns are less than half what they are in organized towns. However, it can take years to get a building permit.
Why does it take so long to get a building permit? Also, does this mean or intend to encourage a prospective buyer to either place a mobile home or to purchase an already built home?
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Old 12-05-2007, 07:50 PM
 
Location: God's Country, Maine
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The evil entity, elected by none and accountable only to themselves...LURC!!!!!
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Old 12-05-2007, 07:54 PM
 
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The evil entity, elected by none and accountable only to themselves...LURC!!!!!


What an APT acronym. Are they who one must approach for building permits??
Scary thought.

Northern Maine Land Man you are not involved with LURC are you? BEcause you do not strike me as even one iota evil .....

Please don't take this wrong. I've been interested in your posts since you said you worked with land since 1973. Perhaps one of the only honorable persons involved with land I've ever had occasion to talk with. You just don't find that in these parts (Tampa) They're like sharks here. Hard money, soft money .... they're all pros.

Anyway, I have to go because I'm STARVING. And give someone a ride so I won't be back until tomorrow so wanted to make sure you didn't take this wrong if I said are you involved in LURC?
I figured you to be the one sticking up for real live Mainers to live their lives and continue on for generations on their land and easy access for all as in the past ...

Last edited by mainewannabe; 12-05-2007 at 07:55 PM.. Reason: added to last sentence.
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