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Is the answer blowing in the wind?

Gov. John Lynch signed into law House Bill 310, which sets maximum restrictions on what a community can do when someone proposes to erect a wind tower to generate electricity. ...The new law, explained Murphy, is different from other state land-use regulations "which allow towns to enact restrictions greater than those the state imposes; this one was framed in such a way to be the most restrictive. I believe the intent was so that towns, for whatever reason, could not totally outlaw wind tower use within their boundaries."

Communities around the state - including Laconia, Gilford and Plymouth - are talking about wind power energy systems and whether local zoning laws should be changed to accommodate them.

Earlier this year, Gov. John Lynch signed into law House Bill 310, which sets maximum restrictions on what a community can do when someone proposes to erect a wind tower to generate electricity. The communities have until July 11, 2009, to enact their own responses to the state law or to simply let the state standards stand.

For towns that vote on zoning changes at their annual town meetings, now is the time to begin the discussion on what those changes should be so that an appropriate article can be ready for voters on the town warrant.

With that in mind, the Plymouth Planning Board meets Thursday evening when it will get an update on HB310 from Land Use Enforcement Officer Brian Murphy.

The new law, explained Murphy, is different from other state land-use regulations "which allow towns to enact restrictions greater than those the state imposes; this one was framed in such a way to be the most restrictive. I believe the intent was so that towns, for whatever reason, could not... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Communities around the state - including Laconia, Gilford and Plymouth - are talking about wind power energy systems and whether local zoning laws should be changed to accommodate them.

Earlier this year, Gov. John Lynch signed into law House Bill 310, which sets maximum restrictions on what a community can do when someone proposes to erect a wind tower to generate electricity. The communities have until July 11, 2009, to enact their own responses to the state law or to simply let the state standards stand.

For towns that vote on zoning changes at their annual town meetings, now is the time to begin the discussion on what those changes should be so that an appropriate article can be ready for voters on the town warrant.

With that in mind, the Plymouth Planning Board meets Thursday evening when it will get an update on HB310 from Land Use Enforcement Officer Brian Murphy.

The new law, explained Murphy, is different from other state land-use regulations "which allow towns to enact restrictions greater than those the state imposes; this one was framed in such a way to be the most restrictive. I believe the intent was so that towns, for whatever reason, could not totally outlaw wind tower use within their boundaries."

Murphy will present the planning board with a model ordinance drafted by the state's Office of Energy and Planning, a copy of which is available online at www.nh.gov/oep/resourcelibrary.

Miriam Bader, Plymouth's planner, said Speare Memorial Hospital has shown interest in building a wind energy system. She added that a concern she expects to hear from planning board members and citizens is that wind towers, which have to be located above the tree line, may spoil scenic views or interfere with approaches to the town airport.

"This is our first step" toward a possible wind tower ordinance, said Bader, who added that there would be at least two public hearings before the matter could get onto the 2009 town warrant.

In Laconia, Planner Shanna Saunders confirmed that "we're doing the research right now" on whether to tweak existing zoning regulations or come up with new ones.

In Gilford, Planner John Ayer said that process has already begun and that the Planning Board is taking a very long, hard look at the matter.

As to wind energy systems, "We've had discussions with people for years," including one property owner who wanted to build a wind tower on an island in Lake Winnipesaukee, said Ayer, who noted that there have been no such discussions recently.

As to the interest in wind energy, Ayer called it "a national phenomenon" and one that "we're just going to see more and more of" although the Lakes Region might not be the best place for wind turbines in New Hampshire.

To have sufficient wind to drive the turbines, "you need the tops of the mountains, and other than that it's not worth it."

Wind energy, said Ayer, "is a great solution to a problem, but it creates another problem that needs to be figured out."


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NOV 19 2008
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