Hammond Confirmed as LURC Commissioner

June 6, 2011, Governor’s Office, Augusta, Maine – Toby Hammond of Naples, Maine and the former CEO for Hancock Lumber and Hancock Land has been confirmed as the newest member of the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC).  He was nominated to the commission this spring by Gov. Paul LePage. He was confirmed by the Maine Senate on Friday, June 3.

In nominating the well-known businessman, the Governor stated that he thought Hammond would “make a valuable contribution to the State” in the LURC position.

Created by the Maine Legislature in 1971, the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission oversees the planning and zoning for the state’s townships, plantations and unorganized territories, comprising about 10.4 million acres of land and including some coastal islands. The commission, composed of seven members appointed by the Governor, has land use regulatory jurisdiction over those areas that have no form of local government to administer land-use controls or have chosen not to have such control at the local level.

The Hancock Companies, established in 1848, are a sixth generation family business. Employing 500 people, they specialize in timberland management of 10,000 acres and operate three state-of-the-art Eastern white pine sawmills and 10 retail locations offering traditional building supplies and specialty construction services.

Hammond was CEO and chairman of the board for Hancock Lumber and Hancock Land until 2000 and still remains on the companies’ board of directors. He is chairman of the Fryeburg Fair Woodsman’s Field Day and the Fryeburg Fair Natural Resource Building. Past appointments include the presidency of the Moose Pond Environmental Association; member of the board of the Maine Forest Products Council and the Finance Authority of Maine; and service on the Commission of Northern Forest Lands for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Hammond received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maine Orono. He is married to Janie Hammond and has two daughters. The Land Use Regulation Commission’s purpose is to extend the principles of planning and zoning; to preserve public health, safety, and welfare; to encourage the well-planned, multiple uses of natural resources; to promote orderly development; and to protect natural and ecological values.

The Commission is chaired by Gwen Hilton of Starks. The other members include: Steve Schaefer, Grand Lake Stream, vice chair; Sarah Farrand, Beaver Cove; Rebecca Kurtz, Rangeley Plantation; Edward B. Laverty, Medford; and James A. Nadeau, Winterville Plantation.

Note:  Toby has been an active participant in NELMA, helping shape the Association’s role as an inspection agency and leading industry trade association.  He served in various capacities with the Association, including Chairman of the Board of Directors, 1987-1989.