- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

CARIBOU, Maine (AP) - Maine agriculture officials say a rule change will make it easier for rural businesses to develop in Aroostook County.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Land Use Planning Commission is establishing a rural business development zone that businesses and property owners can use in 30 towns, townships and plantations in the vast northern Maine county.

Gov. Paul LePage says the rule change will remove “regulatory hurdles” that get in the way of business growth.

The rule change became effective on May 9. It is part of an effort to improve land use planning and economic development in rural parts of the state.

Similar projects are in the works in Franklin, Somerset and Washington counties.

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