Some permit-seekers in this town in Maine said they had camped out in front of the building for two days.
Some lot owners in Eliot, Maine, have been waiting for years for permission to build on their land. The town’s voters in November defeated an effort to repeal a restrictive growth ordinance so more homes could be built each year. All of 2015’s single-family building permits were awarded to the first three people in line when town offices opened 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 2. Some permit-seekers said they had camped out in front of the building for two days.