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Put brakes on wind power?

Two Franklin County hilltowns are considering moratoriums on windmill proposals to buy time to adopt specific bylaws governing them.

Two Franklin County hilltowns are considering moratoriums on windmill proposals to buy time to adopt specific bylaws governing them.

The Shelburne Planning Board is considering whether to ask voters for at least a year-long moratorium, so the board - in Chairman Matt Marchese's words - can "work at our own speed and cadence" in developing a wind turbine siting bylaw.

In Heath, after studying commercial wind and solar farms issues for about six months, that town's Planning Board hopes residents will approve a moratorium on large-scale proposals - giving the board more time to develop the right bylaw. A vote on a temporary moratorium is slated for Feb. 28.

Meanwhile, in Shelburne, where a windfarm had been proposed for Mount Massaemet, town planners discussed whether a moratorium is necessary, or whether it would be possible for the board to put together its bylaw in time for May's annual town meeting.

Their meeting this week was attended by roughly 25 residents of Shelburne and neighboring towns, whose attention on windmills was focused by the Mount Massaemet proposal, even though it was been withdrawn, at least for now.

Two Franklin County hilltowns are considering moratoriums on windmill proposals to buy time to adopt specific bylaws governing them.

The Shelburne Planning Board is considering whether to ask voters for at least a year-long moratorium, so the board - in Chairman Matt Marchese's words - can "work at our own speed and cadence" in developing a wind turbine siting bylaw.

In Heath, after studying commercial wind and solar farms issues for about six months, that town's Planning Board hopes residents will approve a moratorium on large-scale proposals - giving the board more time to develop the right bylaw. A vote on a temporary moratorium is slated for Feb. 28.

Meanwhile, in Shelburne, where a windfarm had been proposed for Mount Massaemet, town planners discussed whether a moratorium is necessary, or whether it would be possible for the board to put together its bylaw in time for May's annual town meeting.

Their meeting this week was attended by roughly 25 residents of Shelburne and neighboring towns, whose attention on windmills was focused by the Mount Massaemet proposal, even though it was been withdrawn, at least for now.


Source: http://www.recorder.com/art...

JAN 28 2012
http://www.windaction.org/posts/33106-put-brakes-on-wind-power
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