Is there really still a market for these places? Undoubtedly they’re intended as “second homes”–even with climate change, the northwest corner of Maine is a tough place to spend the winter.
New test for developers in Maine: climate change
Huge development around Moosehead Lake would create 500,000 tons of CO2 over 50 years, environmentalists say.
A plan to build thousands of new homes next to a lake in Maine’s north woods faces an environmental test that may one day challenge developers nationwide: What’s the carbon footprint of a new subdivision or land development?
At issue is not just the size of a development but the amount of driving it encourages. By being so far from major cities and accessible only by car, the Plum Creek project would produce, conservatively speaking, an additional 9,500 tons of emissions annually, according to the Environment Northeast study. That’s the equivalent of putting an extra 1,850 vehicles on the road.
“It’s our belief that we can’t meet the nation’s transportation goals for climate change just by improving automobile technology,” says Alan Caron, president of GrowSmart Maine, an antisprawl group that lobbies for compact urban planning and public transportation systems and helped sponsor the Plum Creek study. “You have to pay attention to where things are located.”