Real Estate and Shoreland Zoning Workshop

Beautiful, clean, and clear lakes are the primary economic driver for much of rural Maine. However, these lakes are also sensitive to development and several lakes in Maine have already experienced a precipitous decline in water quality. Real estate agents are often the first point of contact for many new landowners and their words and projected values form meaningful and long-standing impressions. This course aims to give real estate agents a well-rounded and holistic view on Maine’s lakes and ponds so they can be more knowledgeable about freshwater issues with their clients, and in turn, preserve market value of properties.

This seminar will cover:

  • laws and regulations that surround Maine waterbodies, including shoreland zoning
  • how to evaluate development potential and restrictions for a particular parcel of land
  • where to find current and accurate information on lakes and ponds
  • an introduction to the state-wide LakeSmart homeowner education program, which provides site-specific recommendations for lake-friendly living and gardening
  • publications on lake-friendly living for interested landowners

This 3-hour MREC-approved continuing education program will be taught by Colin Holme of Lakes Environmental Association, Maggie Shannon of Maine Lakes Society, Chad Thompson of Portland Water District, and a legal team from Eaton Peabody, Attorneys at Law.

May 20, 2019 at the Nixon Development Center, 225 Douglass St., Portland.

July 11, 2019 at the MLS Maine Lakes Resource Center, 137 Main Street, Belgrade.

To register contact Alyson: or 647-3318 or by 5/13.

Both classes run 9:00—noon Cost: $40

Refreshments and networking at 8:30a.m.