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Selectmen have believed that the setback applied to occupied dwellings. However, the wording of the ordinance is so unclear that the 4,000-foot setback could be from access roads, wetlands, power lines and substations, Carroll said.
"There is a great deal of controversy about noise, and we were not happy with any of the other solutions that were presented," he said. The town worked with an acoustic engineer to draw up rules that change based on individual turbines. Louder turbines need to be farther back.
"An ordinance would insure an application process that is transparent, protects the town financially and [has] a code of ethics to avoid conflicts of interest from being part of the process," Gray said.
Buccina argued with Kiely that when he worked on the ordinance's technical portions, he relied on the opinions of experts and then applied that to protect the town's assets. "This is a wind ordinance for Rumford," Buccina said. "It's not about First Wind. The people of our community need to be protected.
About 20 people attended a special business meeting Tuesday to discuss proposed charter changes on how budget and initiated articles are voted and on a proposed wind ordinance.
Kiely said that the ordinance, as proposed, would not allow his company to develop the tentatively planned project that calls for building 12 turbines in Rumford and seven in adjacent Roxbury on privately owned, leased land. That project would add about $65 million to the towns' tax value, he said.
Although there are no pending proposals for wind power development in town, Grindal noted that a local group has been researching the potential for local wind power and has installed an anemometer to track wind speeds in an area off the Old County Road. The petition cites the sudden "threat of increased development pressure from wind power developments."
Voters in Sedgwick will decide whether to enact a local moratorium on wind power development when they go to the polls Nov. 2 to help select Maine's next governor, weigh in on state referendum questions and cast ballots for state and federal legislators and county officials.
We chose Dixmont's ordinance as a starting point because it was the most protective. These limits are in line with the World Health Organization's European section, where a long history of wind development has provided ample opportunity to discover where health-impacting mistakes were made.
The ordinance includes a series of acoustic formulas, designed to regulate how far a turbine, making noise of a certain volume, can be placed near another resident's property line. The formula, which planning board members noted was "conservative," includes modifiers for atmospheric variation, errors in measurement and the number of turbines.
The purpose of this Ordinance is to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the residents and property owners of Phillips by establishing reasonable and uniform regulations for Wind Energy Facilities (WEFs). The comprehensive setback standards detailed in the ordinance protect against the hazards of a) Falling and Debris Hazard, b) Flicker Hazard, and c) Acoustic Hazard.
Depending on what selectmen decide at next Wednesday's special meeting, voters trying to adopt an ordinance on Nov. 2 to regulate wind farms could face two proposals instead of one. Currently, selectmen have accepted one proposed ordinance from the Wind Power Advisory Committee.
Selectman Greg Buccina believes the proposed ordinance is important to protecting residents as well as stringent enough to prevent people from challenging it. "I think we need to overprotect," he said. Selectman Mark Belanger argued that the proposed ordinance essentially outlaws wind development.
Most of the approximately 20 people who turned out for Monday's public hearing on a proposed Mountain District Ordinance appeared to be against it, and not because it would essentially ban the development of a wind farm project.
Seven months worth of work by the Wind Power Advisory Committee to craft the town's first ordinance with which to regulate wind farms ran into stiff turbulence from a few selectmen and a Massachusetts-based wind developer at Thursday night's workshop. It would require among other things, a minimum 1-mile setback of turbines from residences and wind turbines that don't reflect sunlight.
RUMFORD - Selectmen have scheduled a workshop at 5:30 p.m. Thursday with their Wind Power Advisory Committee, which has a proposed wind power development ordinance.
McKay said in an e-mail that the petition asks voters to create an ordinance that would prohibit industrial development, except logging operations and communication towers, above 1,000 feet elevation in the areas of the Colonel Holman Mountain range and Sugarloaf Mountain. ...The town's wind moratorium, which will have been in effect for a year, expires in October.
Maine's largest wind power developer is asking state regulators to reclassify nearly 700 acres of timberland in northern Washington County where the company hopes to build part of a 25-turbine wind farm.
The proposed wind ordinance passed by a large majority at the annual town meeting on Saturday. Approximately 70 residents participated. The ordinance calls for a 1-mile setback and limits any sound output. James Parker from the Planning Board spoke for its passage saying the ordinance was for industrial-sized windmills.
Stockton Springs, at its annual town meeting, June 19, became the fourth town in Waldo County to enact a restrictive ordinance targeting wind energy development. The 23-page document, which Selectwoman Sara Bradford said was based on the state's model ordinance and comparisons with wind ordinances in a half-dozen other towns, requires a mile setback from occupied buildings and caps noise at 50 decibels at the property line.