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Time to act on setback question

What do you plan to do with the commissioners' request for [wind turbine] setback authority? ...Today's land-use challenges cannot be met by silence, ignorance, and obfuscation. Accountability and leadership are needed at the state level. With the passage of SB566, this is no longer a matter of local concern, and you know it. You have a historic responsibility to provide leadership where none now exists.

Senator Edwards and Delegate Beitzel:

What do you plan to do with the commissioners' request for setback authority? As you know, this is something they can do under their own authority without the intrusion of the legislative delegation. Moreover, their request does not address more comprehensive land-use concerns such as noise, height, environmental, cultural heritage, ridge-top, and other public safety protections. The lack of any evidentiary hearing by the Public Service Commission, along with a willful absence of zoning protections, puts our citizens at risk.

Do you plan to address other concerns listed above? What additional plans do you propose to protect your constituents?

For nearly two years now each of you have mentioned that you have some ideas. Do you plan to share them with the public? November 21 provided you with a forum to make a statement.

Refusing to heed the advice of their own Planning Commission, the county commissioners have now asked the delegation to take the heat on the third rail of Garrett County politics - private property rights. I have always believed that the legislators from this area should serve as a counterbalance to the county commissioners, and not the... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Senator Edwards and Delegate Beitzel:

What do you plan to do with the commissioners' request for setback authority? As you know, this is something they can do under their own authority without the intrusion of the legislative delegation. Moreover, their request does not address more comprehensive land-use concerns such as noise, height, environmental, cultural heritage, ridge-top, and other public safety protections. The lack of any evidentiary hearing by the Public Service Commission, along with a willful absence of zoning protections, puts our citizens at risk.

Do you plan to address other concerns listed above? What additional plans do you propose to protect your constituents?

For nearly two years now each of you have mentioned that you have some ideas. Do you plan to share them with the public? November 21 provided you with a forum to make a statement.

Refusing to heed the advice of their own Planning Commission, the county commissioners have now asked the delegation to take the heat on the third rail of Garrett County politics - private property rights. I have always believed that the legislators from this area should serve as a counterbalance to the county commissioners, and not the fourth and fifth members of the board. Independence of thought and action is what is needed now and in the future.

I grow weary of your unwillingness to take a stand on this long-festering matter of public importance. Please review the many e-mails I have sent each of you concerning the passage of SB566, largely removing the state's oversight, coupled with the commissioners' refusal to enact any needed protections. Once again the commissioners have ceded their responsibility, which has produced this needless jurisdictional conflict by refusing to protect their constituents. The public deserves to hear from their elected state representatives. What have you done? We have waited long enough, and the 2009 session is fast approaching.

Today's land-use challenges cannot be met by silence, ignorance, and obfuscation. Accountability and leadership are needed at the state level. With the passage of SB566, this is no longer a matter of local concern, and you know it. You have a historic responsibility to provide leadership where none now exists.

It's time to act in the best interest of the people you represent. I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience and very much appreciate your attention to this long-standing matter.


Source: http://www.therepublicannew...

NOV 27 2008
http://www.windaction.org/posts/18119-time-to-act-on-setback-question
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