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North Kingstown moves to prohibit wind turbines

Reviewing the proposed new ordinance Monday night, council members decided the measure was so restrictive that any new wind turbines would be impractical. So council members directed the town's planning staff ...amend the regulations to prohibit wind turbines.

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. -- The Town Council Monday night took steps that would prohibit wind turbines in all parts of the town except Quonset, which does not fall under the town's zoning authority.

Proposals for two large wind turbines by Wind Energy Development LLC have sparked considerable resistance among some North Kingstown residents. Last January, the town put a moratorium on any new wind energy applications and asked town planners to develop a new ordinance.

Reviewing the proposed new ordinance Monday night, council members decided the measure was so restrictive that any new wind turbines would be impractical. So council members directed the town's planning staff to draft an ordinance to revoke the existing ordinance and amend zoning regulations to prohibit wind turbines.

Before that can happen, there will be a public hearing in August.

Meanwhile, Wind Energy Development is appealing separate town decisions halting its proposed turbines at North Kingstown Green, off Ten Rod Road, and Stamp Farm, off Route 2.

The North Kingstown Green turbine case is before the town's Building Code Board of Appeals. The town has been notified that Wind Energy Development plans to appeal the... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. -- The Town Council Monday night took steps that would prohibit wind turbines in all parts of the town except Quonset, which does not fall under the town's zoning authority.

Proposals for two large wind turbines by Wind Energy Development LLC have sparked considerable resistance among some North Kingstown residents. Last January, the town put a moratorium on any new wind energy applications and asked town planners to develop a new ordinance.

Reviewing the proposed new ordinance Monday night, council members decided the measure was so restrictive that any new wind turbines would be impractical. So council members directed the town's planning staff to draft an ordinance to revoke the existing ordinance and amend zoning regulations to prohibit wind turbines.

Before that can happen, there will be a public hearing in August.

Meanwhile, Wind Energy Development is appealing separate town decisions halting its proposed turbines at North Kingstown Green, off Ten Rod Road, and Stamp Farm, off Route 2.

The North Kingstown Green turbine case is before the town's Building Code Board of Appeals. The town has been notified that Wind Energy Development plans to appeal the Stamp Farm turbine case to the Zoning Board of Review.

In other action Monday, the Town Council voted not to reappoint long-time Planning Commission chairman Dick Pastore, whose term expired July 1. By a 3-to-2 vote, the council appointed Michael Annarummo to the commission, which must now elect a new chairperson.


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JUL 12 2011
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