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Wind-energy bylaw aired at hearing; Board decides more public comment needed

The challenge the board faces at Town Meeting is to convince the public that there is a need for the bylaw. Planning Board Chairman Stephen Themelis was quick to point out that without a bylaw, almost anything could be constructed anywhere in town without consideration of the permitting restrictions defined in the proposed bylaw. "With no bylaw, anything goes," he said.
28 Jan 2011

Cape, Vineyard craft new turbine rules

Regional planning agencies on both the Cape and Vineyard released draft plans last month to deal with wind-energy projects in state waters under their jurisdiction. The Martha's Vineyard Commission's model regulations for island towns also cover land-based turbines, while the Cape Cod Commission is handling terrestrial projects with a separate set of rules.
17 Jan 2011

Commission proposes new land-based wind regs

The commission sought to get some parameters on the books to address land-based turbines, while the Assembly wanted a more complete and restrictive set of guidelines. The draft sets a 65-foot height at the blade tip threshold for review and addresses four main areas: clear zones, noise, shadow flicker and decommissioning.
14 Jan 2011

Town needs special permit process

The concerned citizen expects his or her protection to be the guiding principal employed when examining ALL projects, no matter their location. A power plant has it's own unique package of ills. It's comedic classification as a waste water treatment plant has served to bypass those ills, by-pass planning, zoning and health board review, and by-pass the special permit process design to give the common, concerned citizen their say!
13 Jan 2011

Wind bylaw revisions

As the Trustees of Reservation proposal to place an 80-meter wind turbine on Turkey Hill works its way through the Planning Board special permit process, the Alternative Energy Committee is making final rounds to various boards with a revised wind conversion facility bylaw.
18 Dec 2010

Falmouth appeals board hears challenge to town turbine

The hearing was an appeal of Falmouth Building and Zoning Commissioner Eladio R. Gore's determination that the turbine is a municipal use and therefore did not require a special permit from the board of appeals. At stake was whether the town-owned turbine should be shut down with a cease and desist order from the board of appeals. The appellant argued the town did not follow its own zoning bylaws.
3 Dec 2010

Residents tilt town wind turbine

Andersen said he wants the town to shut the turbine off until a mitigation plan is created. "I'm just hoping someone will please turn it off until it gets figured out," he said. "That thing is dangerous. If it doesn't get stopped we'll be forced to move. Our house is uninhabitable."
3 Dec 2010

Assembly sends wind turbine regs back to Cape Cod Commission

The Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates this week rejected proposed review standards for land-based wind turbines, and is considering an unprecedented step to protect Cape Cod while those regulations undergo further review. The ordinance would have amended the energy section of the county’s Regional Policy Plan (RPP) and established minimum performance standards.
19 Nov 2010

Barnstable County deals turbine blow

In the face of fierce opposition, the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates has rejected standards for local wind energy projects, calling the proposed regulations too lenient. Instead, the county's legislative body may now consider a yearlong moratorium on all wind turbines across Cape Cod, potentially setting county officials at odds with state policies and wind energy proponents.
18 Nov 2010

Dust in the wind

Partly in response to the growing public concern over wind, the Barnstable Assembly of Delegates committee on government regulations voted 3-2 on Nov. 3 to recommend imposing wind regulations to the full assembly during the Nov. 17 full meeting.
5 Nov 2010
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