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HOPKINTON – More than 100 residents turned out Tuesday to hear the latest information about the debated North Ridge Wind Farm project and voice their concerns.
HOPKINTON — Throughout the towns of Hopkinton and Parishville are yard signs — some bright yellow with stark black lettering and others, a contrasting blue and green.
The Ball Hill Wind Energy Project is one step closer to becoming reality after Tuesday’s special meeting of the Hanover Town Board, during which council members narrowly passed a resolution that would effectively advance the plan.
In a letter he submitted to the state Department of Public Service’s website, Orleans Town Supervisor Kevin C. Rarick said that the developer leased land from property owners outside of the town’s overlay district, which was established in the town’s zoning law through an amendment in 2011. Mr. Rarick said Town Board members hope that the developer will follow the town’s laws.
The joint village and town Planning Board approved Atlantic Wind LLC’s permit applications to install three temporary meteorological towers for the proposed Horse Creek Wind Farm project at its monthly meeting Thursday night.
With outside developers looking to build a wind farm in Clayton and surrounding municipalities, town officials felt the need to draft a new local law that would help regulate the development of wind energy projects.
Councilman John Riggi, who voted yes, said “This law, again, has been a long in the making. Frankly, we’re basically running, trying to get this law done, so we can protect the constituency. Article 10 has not given us any guidance to what is reasonably burdensome and what is unreasonably burdensome. So, nobody knows. Nobody knows for sure. That being the case, I think we have to offer the constituency the best protections we possibly can.”
The Hartsville Town Board declined to provide variances to NextEra Energy Resources Wednesday's and it passed a resolution stating the town is "not a willing host" for the Eight Point Wind Project.
The Yates Town Board passed a six-month moratorium on wind energy conversion systems at Thursday’s meeting.
If approved, the 10-page local law will require wind turbines to be less than 165 feet tall and limit their placement to agricultural, agricultural-residential and industrial land zones.
The Orleans County Planning Board is supporting the Town of Yates in revising a nearly decade-old local law on wind energy facilities. The previous town ordinance from 2008 caps the height of turbines at 420 feet. Apex Clean Energy wants to build up to 71 turbines in Yates and Somerset that would be between 490 to 620 feet in height to the top of the turbine blade.
Board members agreed that the town could end up seeking an extension after the six months anyway. “We’ve found that six months is usually not enough to accomplish those goals,” Mr. Prosser said.
The law prohibits wind power development in the waterfront revitalization area near the lakeshore and requires developers to reimburse property owners who sell their homes because of the wind project if they can’t obtain a sale price equal to the value set by an appraiser. The moratorium bans all wind projects for six months.
The Town Board wants to regulate noncommercial wind turbines. ...“This will not apply to commercial wind energy systems. They are not permitted in the town under our current zoning,” Town Attorney Michael J. Norris said.
Both Iberdrola representatives and town residents spoke during a public comment session during Wednesday evening’s meeting at the Clayton Opera House, Riverside Drive. ...Multiple residents at the meeting said the moratorium would help the town assess its options, and expressed concerns about the project’s potential impact to the environment, quality of life and property values.
a six-month moratorium on activity relating to furthering industrial wind, including erecting test towers, was adopted by the Orleans Town Board during its Apr. 14 meeting. Prior to the vote, a hearing took place to give members of the public an opportunity to air their views.
The Town Board voted Monday to hold a public hearing on a proposed six-month moratorium on the installation of ground-placed solar panels in the town. ...“Basically, we have no law. We have nothing on the books,” Supervisor Robert B. Cliffe said. “We think that’s not really appropriate.”
The Clayton Joint Planning Board tabled a decision on whether to grant a permit for two meteorlogical test towers at its Apr. 7 meeting. An application for a third tower was also considered.
In response to the proposed Black Oak Wind Farm in Enfield introducing plans that include one wind turbine site in Newfield, the Newfield Town Council will vote at its next meeting on whether or not to place a 90-day moratorium on wind energy development in the town.
“If the wind companies can meet, or are willing to meet our requests, and can provide written proof of financial gain to the community, then I welcome a discussion,” he said. “One fact stands; this will and has repeatedly divided communities. Friendships have been lost, families torn, and for what gain? That’s the big question.”