Category Archives: Advocacy

Join MEREDA on February 7th for a Portland Moratorium and Zoning Amendments Forum

After years of very limited development of new market rate housing in Portland, development volume is up significantly, providing new housing developments in the single family, condominium and apartment markets.  Portland recently revised its R-6 zoning that applies on the … Continue reading

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MEREDA’s Morning Menu Breakfast – A Presentation by FocusMaine

Join MEREDA for breakfast on February 1 from 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM at the Portland Regency Hotel for a presentation by FocusMaine, a 10-year initiative to strengthen and revitalize opportunity and prosperity in Maine by accelerating the creation of quality jobs in the areas … Continue reading

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MEREDA’s 2018 Annual Real Estate Forecast Conference & Member Showcase

Each January, over 750 of the state’s leading real estate experts attend MEREDA’s TD Bank Sponsored Signature Event, the Annual Forecast Conference & Member Showcase.  Scheduled to be held on January 18, 2018 at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland, … Continue reading

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Portland Question 1. Big bureaucracy that’s bad for affordable housing.

Say NO to Rent Control Portland Question 1 – the rent control proposal –  is on the ballot for Portland voters’ consideration on November 7. MEREDA believes that if passed, the initiative could have significant and unintended negative impacts on … Continue reading

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MEREDA’s Year in Review 2016 -2017

Since its inception, MEREDA has continued to make progress on behalf of the development community addressing the challenges and issues relating to Maine’s real estate activities.  MEREDA’s strength has always come from the support and participation of its valued members. … Continue reading

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MEREDA Continues to Improve Real Estate Development Climate – Succeeds in Changing Two Laws to Streamline Processes and Minimizes Two Fee Increases During 2017 Legislative Session

by Andrea Cianchette Maker, Esq., Pierce Atwood, LLP, Public Policy Counsel to MEREDA Based on a survey of MEREDA members in the summer of 2016, MEREDA‘s proactive Public Policy  Committee developed legislation to address difficult governmental challenges faced by the … Continue reading

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YIMBYers extol the virtues of development

MEREDA conference offers big picture perspective of Why Development is Good The Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA), the state’s leading organization advocating for responsible real estate development, convened a conference last month entitled, “Yes-In-My-Backyard: Why Development is Good.” … Continue reading

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The Trend Toward Car-Free Cities Is Picking Up Speed

By Blueprint, presented by CBRE When you think about it, car-free cities shouldn’t seem like such a radical idea. Cities, after all, have been around for thousands of years, while cars date back just a century or so. And yet, … Continue reading

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Need Continuing Education Credits? MEREDA’s 2017 Annual Spring Conference has them!

MEREDA’s Annual Spring Conference – ‘YIMBY’ism: YES in my Backyard – Why Development is Good In recent years, many American cities and towns have witnessed a renaissance, with destination cities in particular seeing dramatically increased interest.  Typically, the impacts of … Continue reading

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MEREDA’s Morning Menu: Maine Legislative Update: MEREDA’s top policy initiatives and how you can help!

Every year, the Maine Legislature and Governor consider over a thousand bills, and chances are high that some of them threaten to impact your business.  Savvy business leaders today stay informed of the current issues, and know how to engage … Continue reading

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