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Welcome to the Archipelago. We are building a different kind of firm. One where lawyers, engineers, scientists, policy & communications strategist, all at the top of their respective disciplines, work in the same building. They collaborate formally around conference tables but also informally around coffee machines. When clients come in, they are greeted not by lawyers in a narrow set of specialties, but by professionals with specialized expertise across a broad swath of disciplines. Read More

Maine Land Use Permitting: The Natural Resources Protection Act’s Development Review

Posted by: Archipelago Law in Environmental, Land Use on July 26, 2022

Whether you are a construction company, developer, engineer, site designer or homeowner, you must comply with stringent state permitting laws when working near a natural resource.  The Maine legislature has acted to diminish the lasting adverse impacts on natural resources in light of accelerated development.  By enacting the Natural Resources Protection Act (“NRPA”), the legislature […]

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Short Term Renting in Maine: A patchwork of regulation

Posted by: Archipelago Law in Uncategorized on July 18, 2022

Keith Richard, Principal Maine is renowned as a summer tourism destination.  In Portland, even the “budget” hotels can run upwards of $400/night during the peak season.  Given the shortage of rooms, and high prices, it’s no surprise that vacationers have looked to other options. Enter rental websites and apps like Airbnb and VRBO.  Many Mainers have rented rooms, […]

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Maine’s New Residential Density Law May Trigger a Spark In Multi-Family Residential Development

Posted by: Archipelago Law in Land Use on June 30, 2022

The traditional suburban neighborhood lined with single family homes may be a thing of the past.  That’s what Maine legislators had in mind when Governor Janet Mills recently signed Legislative Document 2003 into law.  In a push for more housing and higher residential density, the law requires municipalities to allow multi-family housing in all residential zoning districts […]

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For Want of Factual Findings: A Trend in Maine Supreme Court decisions

Posted by: Archipelago Law in Maine Court Decisions on June 23, 2022

Keith Richard, Principal In 2021, there were a few notable trends in decisions handed down by Maine Supreme Court, sitting as the Law Court.  Each involved administrative appeals from state or local government adjudications that bear important lessons for parties that appear before municipal boards.  The Court’s decisions vacated (reversed or overturned) the decisions at issue on […]

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Effects of Development and Reactive Zoning Amendments: An Increased Need For Hardship Variances

Posted by: Archipelago Law in Uncategorized on February 7, 2022

The swift reaction by many jurisdictions to regulate development could have a drastic side effect for everyday Mainers in hopes of developing their land.  The rate of development in Maine is at an all-time high.  As a result of this unprecedented urban sprawl, municipalities may be forced to react by enacting strict land use regulations limiting the […]

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Before You Buy: Know Whether Others Have the Right to Use Your Property

Posted by: Archipelago Law in Uncategorized on February 7, 2022

With the current real estate boom, potential buyers should be sure to conduct their due diligence before buying, otherwise they may be sharing their newly acquired land with unwanted visitors.  During a title search, title companies should identify any potential adverse interests in the property, including but not limited to easements.  Easements provide an interest in land […]

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Cashing In on Public Rights: How the Shorefront Property Owner Can Benefit from Maine’s Changing Intertidal Ownership Laws

Posted by: Archipelago Law in Uncategorized on September 23, 2021

A change in Maine law could revert ownership of intertidal land from shorefront property owners to the State to hold in trust for the public.  What does this mean for the shorefront owners?  While the intertidal, the land between the mean low tide and mean high tide lines, will no longer be subject to a […]

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