AUGUSTA — A legislative committee has sent to the full Legislature a bill that would overhaul the agency that regulates development in Maine’s 10 million-acre Unorganized Territory.

The vote by the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee comes after nearly a year of deliberation, study and negotiation that was triggered by a bill to abolish the Land Use Regulation Commission.

The amended bill that emerged from committee would put eight representatives of counties with the most Unorganized Territory on the commission’s board. A provision to allow counties to opt out of LURC’s jurisdiction and take up responsibility for their own land use would be put off until 2017.

The bill is expected to generate debate when it reaches the House and Senate.

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