Articles filed under Zoning/Planning from Maine
A majority of the workshop centered around an amendment that placed a low-frequency sound limit of 50 decibels post-construction and without contribution from other ambient sounds for properties a mile or more away from state highways or other major roads and 55 decibels for properties closer than a mile from such roads.
A 100-plus crowd turned out Wednesday evening for a public conversation about a proposed moratorium on wind power development. That moratorium, which will come to vote at a special town meeting Jan. 20, would prevent the town from accepting any wind power proposals for 180 days.
Frankfort residents voted Tuesday by 138 votes to retain their existing wind energy ordinance rather than repealing it ...The tally was 224 in favor of repeal to 362 opposed. The vote prevents the Waldo Community Wind project proposed by Portsmouth, N.H.- based Eolian Renewable Energy LLC, from going forward.
If voters in the community of about 1,100 approve the item on the Nov. 4 ballot, it will open the door for Portsmouth-based Eolian Renewable Energy to return to Frankfort with another proposal to build a $30 million, six-turbine wind development atop Mount Waldo.
The Board of Selectmen voted Monday to schedule a special selectmen meeting to address additional changes to the town's Wind Energy Facility Ordinance, Town Manager Carlo Puiia said Tuesday morning.
Nearly three years after a slim majority of Frankfort residents voted to adopt a strict, controversial wind ordinance aimed at keeping turbines off their hilltops, the company that wanted to develop wind power on Mount Waldo has returned.
The 180-day moratorium will prevent the construction or use of towers not already permitted to give the town a chance to draft an ordinance with restrictions on future towers. The selectmen proposed the moratorium in response to concerns from residents about a plan to build a cellphone tower.
Residents voted 89-7 Thursday evening to enact a six-month moratorium on wind energy projects, giving selectmen time to finish revising the Wind Energy Facility Ordinance. The ordinance was approved in 2012 and the revisions began in January 2013.
The Board of Selectmen voted 4-1 Monday evening to approve a warrant for a special town meeting where residents will vote on whether to enact a 180-day wind energy facility moratorium.
A Carthage woman has filed an administrative appeal with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection of the eight-turbine wind project on Canton Mountain. Alice McKay Barnett, an anti-wind power advocate, submitted seven documents of supplemental evidence on July 17 that mostly concerns turbine noise adversely affecting health.
Residents voted 210-138 in favor of a series of land use ordinance amendments prompted by a controversial plan to develop a five-turbine wind farm atop Pisgah Mountain.
Residents have voted six times concerning wind energy over the last five years and will return to the polls again on Tuesday, when they will decide whether to approve changes to the land use code, many that deal exclusively with wind turbine projects.
The project is part of a larger plan that could include similar wind projects in the neighboring towns of Dixfield and Carthage. Those projects are also being developed by Patriot Renewables. The company has been working with the three towns for several years. Canton was the only one of the three not to request a moratorium on wind energy projects.
A town vote in Clifton yesterday could clear the way for a proposed wind farm to move forward. But not all residents are pleased about the development.
The wording of a local referendum to increase wind farm setbacks to 4,000 feet — or three-quarters of a mile — from property lines that will go before voters on June 10 is fueling another controversy in town.
State environmental officials have recommended that the Board of Environmental Protection reaffirm the denial of a proposed $100 million, 16-turbine wind-to-energy site in eastern Penobscot County, officials said Tuesday.
The department’s staff, as it did in 2013, is again recommending the project be turned down, according to state documents filed in advance of Thursday’s meeting. In its 2014 recommendation, DEP staff wrote that Bowers Wind “would result in an unreasonable adverse effect on the scenic character” of the region.
Jonesport voters will gather at a special town meeting next week to decide on a proposal that would impose a temporary moratorium on new wind energy projects. Officials of the picturesque fishing village have approved two small projects to allow wind turbines to generate power, but the process generated some controversy and opposition.
Selectman Ed Rankin said he wasn’t sure how the town would vote. He said attendees at a town meeting back in June were evenly divided as to whether or not they supported the project. Travis Bullard, of Eolian Renewable Energy, said that if 51 percent of the voters indicated they were not supportive of the plan, they probably would not go forward with it.
Spruce Mountain Wind representatives last week talked with Woodstock officials about possibly altering the town's new wind ordinance to someday allow them to replace their existing turbines with ones that would be quieter overall. The ordinance restricts future wind projects by imposing a lower maximum decibel level for sound generated by the turbines and greater setback from property lines, along with other requirements.