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The Town Council read, and seemed to like, the planning board's proposed regulations addressing residential wind turbines within town lines during the regulations' first public hearing on Thursday. Under the proposed Millinocket regulations, wind turbines would be allowed within most town zones but would not be allowed to exceed 50 kilowatts of generating capacity.
The results of today's vote will determine whether a second vote will be needed later this month to deal with a citizen's petition calling for a moratorium on wind turbine projects, town officials say. If residents endorse the amended land use ordinance today, it would "nullify the petition," Town Clerk Deborah Hodgins said.
Residents will be asked in the town meeting warrant to vote on whether to amend the land use ordinance and whether to adopt the proposed new wind energy facility ordinance. The goal of the proposed wind ordinance is to regulate wind energy operations, especially large-scale wind farms, in terms of the noise they produce, according to Selectman John Gibbons.
The Knox County town of Union is the latest in Maine to try to regulate development of new wind farms. Although there has been no apparent interest expressed in Union as a potential commercial wind farm site, town selectmen and residents say they wanted to be ready, just in case. The town's Land use Ordinance Renew Committee has developed an ordinance to regulate wind power.
Residents asked a few questions and voiced some concerns about windmills at Tuesday's annual town meeting, then they endorsed a six-month moratorium on commercial and residential wind energy facilities, Town Manager Russell Smith said Wednesday.
Residents voted at Saturday’s annual town meeting to join some of their Waldo and Penobscot county neighbors in adopting a strict wind energy ordinance that would require mile-wide setbacks between wind turbine towers and homes.
Residents of Brighton Plantation are finding out that wind energy might not be as efficient or green an alternative to fossil fuels as they previously may have thought. Karen Pease of Friends of Highland Plantation came to address the citizens at the small town meeting with a large turnout Saturday morning. "We are not anti wind. We are for the responsible placement of wind turbines, if such a thing exists...
With no discussion and little fanfare, Thorndike residents voted at Saturday morning's annual town meeting to adopt a comprehensive, strict wind energy ordinance, which would require mile-long setbacks between wind turbine towers and homes. ...With the vote, Thorndike joins the nearby towns of Dixmont and Jackson in adopting ordinances that give towns high levels of control.
Montville, Maine adopted a wind ordinance that addressed setback and noise concerns raised by the residents. A portion of the ordinance is provided below. The full ordinance along with background information can be accessed by selecting the documents on this page.
Thorndike Maine adopted the attached wind ordinance. A portion of the ordinance is provided below. To access the full ordinance, click the links on this page.
The industry was passive on setbacks in the early days of siting the towers and turbines. Communities relied on ordinances adapted from other industrial projects, or took the word of developers. That was a mistake. Most notably in Mars Hill, where the state's first major wind power project was built, residents tell horror stories about not being able to sleep. ...Better data is needed, and it is needed soon.
The town of Union is in the process of drafting a proposed wind energy ordinance and will hold a public meeting to gather feedback on the issue. The town may even impose a temporary moratorium on wind power facilities to give it time to establish regulations, according to a press release issued by the town Feb. 9. The town has scheduled a public hearing on the draft wind energy facility regulations.
Voters in Jackson Saturday approved a wind development ordinance. The vote was 111 Yes, 75 No. The proposed ordinance includes regulations for noise levels and setbacks from property lines.
A proposed small wind energy ordinance may be headed back to the Windham Planning Board for additional review and another public hearing. ...The proposed draft required that all new windmills would have to be a distance of 1.1 times the height of the structure from the nearest lot line, with a maximum height of 60 feet. However, the draft contained provisions to allow waivers for taller structures that generated more than 20 kW of power if the builder went before the planning board.
Bethel will approach neighboring towns about a regional approach to wind power regulation, selectmen decided Monday. The idea came out of a discussion at Monday's board meeting on establishing a committee to study and hold hearings on wind energy. "Does it really make sense to have a local wind ordinance?"
The public will have its first opportunity to comment on the proposed municipal commercial wind energy facility ordinance during a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the town office. A little over a year in the making, the proposed ordinance grew out of discussions surrounding the potential of a large-scale wind farm running through this northern Maine town.
Two petitions have been presented to selectmen here recently, one seeking to force a vote on the wind turbine ordinance drafted by the planning board and the other asking selectmen to draft an alternative ordinance. ..."They want options," said Dennison of the people who signed on to the second petition.
A proposed ordinance that would regulate wind turbines in town received a mostly warm reception when it was presented to residents at a public hearing Nov. 19. ...The ordinance contains a number of specific setbacks - the distance between a wind turbine and a particular reference point, such as a property line - with regard to noise and other concerns. The summary handout said the setbacks are designed to "balance the needs of wind turbine owners or developers and nearby residents."
"If you looking at at wind turbines, some people complain about visual pollution, but the real challenge is the price, and the winds are not reliable," she added. "Solar's expensive as well." According to the Dixmont planning board director, the final vote was 229 Yes, and 78 No. Andrew Price, a partner with the wind company, says he believes the new ordinance is the most restrictive in the state and essentially bans any kind of wind project in Dixmont.