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Because of ever increasing awareness of the negative consequences of locating turbines near residential areas, many bodies with more experience in turbine siting have been applying increasingly stringent standards. For example, see the February 2011 standards adopted by the Planning and Regulatory Sub-committee of the Cape Cod Commission.
On Tuesday the board was divided, with Mr. Murphy and Mr. Foreman arguing that Mr. Gore had erred in not requiring the town to apply for a special permit to erect the wind turbine. On the other side were Mr. Erickson and Ms. Johnson who defended Mr. Gore's ruling. Who is right? Based on what the board's attorney, Mark Bobrowski of Concord, said, it is a gray area based upon inconsistencies in the town's zoning bylaws.
The concerned citizen expects his or her protection to be the guiding principal employed when examining ALL projects, no matter their location. A power plant has it's own unique package of ills. It's comedic classification as a waste water treatment plant has served to bypass those ills, by-pass planning, zoning and health board review, and by-pass the special permit process design to give the common, concerned citizen their say!
"The difficulty with Massachusetts is that people live everywhere. Someone is going to see that" wind turbine, said Quinlan of UMass. "People who work very hard all their life to buy a house on the Cape feel very wronged by seeing that property value erode versus people who would like to see a more sustainable energy picture."
Peterson hopes turbine regulations related to public health and environmental aspects of commercial wind structures can be drafted in January, approved by her board and be in place by February. The New Generation Wind proposal of Ingersoll and Lorusso is still before the Cape Cod Commission awaiting a decision from that agency's voting membership.
In Rhode Island a $7 million effort is underway to study the ecological and economic importance of a 1,467-square-mile area set aside for wind development. Tisbury selectman Tristan Israel said he was discouraged by the discrepancy between the ongoing research and bids of potential wind developers. "On the one hand there's a tremendous amount of research going on in this area and in the meantime there are already leases on the table."
The industrial wind turbine planned for conservation land spanning parts of Hingham and Cohasset has created a spat between these two well-heeled neighbors. And whatever Cohasset's Planning Board decides at its Jan. 12 meeting, the case will probably wind up in court.
Concerned Residents of Hammond President Mary D. Hamilton made a presentation to the wind committee Thursday, including the group's recommendations for setback requirements for the placement of industrial wind turbines.
"The 41st day since the filing occurred was [last] Wednesday evening. This [Wednesday] will be the 48th day, " said attorney Jeffery Tocchio, who is representing five families who live off Turkey Hill Lane. "Have we had an opportunity to review the materials? No. Have we had chance to hire some type of sound expert? No we haven't,"
A handful of frustrated Falmouth residents complained to the zoning board of appeals last week about excessive noise from a town-owned wind turbine off Blacksmith Shop Road. On Thursday, some of the same people were back before the board protesting a new commercial turbine proposed in the same area.
Mayor Robert Chatfield hired a bus and took nearly three dozen residents to Cape Cod on a recent weekend to look at a wind turbine on Falmouth property and to talk to neighbors. "When I first heard of it, I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread," the mayor said. "Now I've kind of backed off a little bit."
The proposed project to install seven 492 ft tall Wind Turbines within 800 ft of residences does not meet any of the criteria for responsible siting of wind turbines. This project is probably one of the most irresponsible proposals ever submitted for Cape Cod. We therefore must reject the project in its current form.
One of the top unanswered questions is the turbines' potential impact on a nearby radio station. Classical radio station WFCC leases space in the industrial park and its signal emanates from a cell tower on town-owned property about 600 feet from the nearest proposed turbine. Gregory Bone, a general partner in Cape Cod Broadcasting, which owns the station, raised the issue of signal interference.
Three dozen residents of Prospect, Conn. traveled three hours to Falmouth on Saturday to get a firsthand glimpse of Wind I, Falmouth's 400-foot, 1.65-megawatt turbine at the wastewater treatment facility. The reason, said Prospect Mayor Robert Chatfield, is that a private company is trying to build two similar-size turbines as close as 1,500 feet to nearby homes.
The town-owned wind turbine off Blacksmith Shop Road will have a full public hearing next week in which the Falmouth Zoning Board of Appeals will decide whether the turbine violates the town's own zoning bylaws. The hearing is scheduled as part of the regular meeting of the board of appeals on Thursday, December 2, at Falmouth Town Hall beginning at 6:30 PM.
Many residents say the proposed turbines will be an eyesore, destroy the quality of life, drastically reduce their property values, be a general nuisance and create a potential hazard. The proposed turbines are 480.5 feet tall to the blade's tip, causing many to balk at the shear size of the project.
Prior hearings and meetings elicited slight concern from local residents and town meetings have passed several articles setting up the lease to the Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative for $100,000 per turbine each year. But Wednesday night's public hearing before the planning board drew 150 people, most of whom were strongly opposed to the plan.
Since its dedication in January, the existing turbine known as Wind I has befuddled neighbors, who say they cannot sleep or focus because of sounds coming from the machine. Falmouth officials are awaiting a crane to lift parts for Wind II.
Chairman Kathleen M. Peterson made it clear at the outset of this week's meeting, one held at the request of residents, that the board would not be taking any vote on the New Generation Wind LLC proposal to build turbines in Bournedale-a project that is now before the Cape Cod Commission.
At 1.4mw, it is maximum size, industrial class; it is intended to generate electricity for ARC for use and to sell for profit. Large as the Provincetown Monument, it has a blinking red light and emits noise and vibrations. Town Meeting in Dennis already voted to place turbines in five designated areas, not beaches.