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Bethel seeks to reach out regionally on wind issues

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?"

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? If Woodstock does something different, we're still looking at their hills," Town Manager Jim Doar said. "Maybe we could do something regionally where every town adopts fundamentally the same ordinance, if we could work cooperatively to do that."

For example, he said, height standards and setbacks could be the same.

"I don't know if that's possible to do with every town, but I don't know why we can't try," said Doar.

The selectmen agreed.

"It makes sense," said Don Bennett. "If you walk out this door and look off to the northwest, you're not looking at Bethel."

The board asked Doar to contact managers from surrounding towns and report back to them at their next meeting.

No moratorium for now

In December, the Bethel Planning Board voted to make a recommendation to selectmen for a six-month moratorium on wind projects until the town can develop an ordinance.

But, said Doar last week, "the... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

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? If Woodstock does something different, we're still looking at their hills," Town Manager Jim Doar said. "Maybe we could do something regionally where every town adopts fundamentally the same ordinance, if we could work cooperatively to do that."

For example, he said, height standards and setbacks could be the same.

"I don't know if that's possible to do with every town, but I don't know why we can't try," said Doar.

The selectmen agreed.

"It makes sense," said Don Bennett. "If you walk out this door and look off to the northwest, you're not looking at Bethel."

The board asked Doar to contact managers from surrounding towns and report back to them at their next meeting.

No moratorium for now

In December, the Bethel Planning Board voted to make a recommendation to selectmen for a six-month moratorium on wind projects until the town can develop an ordinance.

But, said Doar last week, "the consensus is that there is not a pressing need for a moratorium."


Source: http://www.bethelcitizen.co...

JAN 29 2010
https://www.windaction.org/posts/24384-bethel-seeks-to-reach-out-regionally-on-wind-issues
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