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Speaking as if with one voice, 96 special town meeting voters quickly and unanimously approved the Planning Board's zoning bylaw amendment banning "industrial scale" wind turbines from being built within town borders.
Reilly, who lives less than a quarter mile from the KWI Turbine on Leland Road, has been one of a plethora of residents claiming ill-health effects stemming from shadow flicker and infrasound generated by the KWI Turbine. Yesterday, Reilly filed a zoning complaint against the KWI Turbine with Kingston Zoning Enforcement Officer Paul Armstrong.
The legality of Kingston's wind turbines stands in question today as KingstonJounral.com uncovers evidence to suggest that all four of Kingston's industrial-sized wind turbines may be out of compliance with existing town bylaws.
If passed, the bill would establish two funds using money from the current Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust Fund. One fund would set aside $15 million for residents, businesses and towns that incurred losses such as negative health effects and property loss.
A regulation being considered by Bourne, Falmouth, Scituate and Kingston would lower that level to six decibels for wind turbines. A draft regulation being considered by three of those towns would also include regulations to account for the "whooshing" nature of turbine sound, as well as regulations for infrasound, or sound that is inaudible to humans.
After reviewing the Planning Board's latest draft of a bylaw that would halve the size and quadruple the setbacks for future turbine projects, Espindola is advocating that the town first deal with complaints it has received regarding the existing turbines.
Far from offering residents any real protection, this latest proposal will have the likely outcome of inviting smaller turbines, in larger numbers, that can still be legally sited in very close proximity to residents. Current zoning bylaws in Fairhaven permit citing turbines in every type of zone as a so-called municipal project.
The Planning Board passed its regulations for proposed wind farms in the town last week and has submitted a definition of "shadow flicker."
The lawsuit alleges that the original site plan review process was flawed, leading to the issuance of invalid building permits, that neighbors did not receive proper notice and that the permits are illegal because the turbines are larger than the size shown on the only plans on file with the town.
“I have always been of the opinion that these behemoths don’t belong in our backyards,” Buechs said. “There is a place for them,; we do need them; but I urge this board to support this bylaw, to move it along to Town Meeting.” Garrett’s was the decisive vote, resulting in a recommendation to support a moratorium.
The facts are, that in no other place are turbines like these as close to as many homes. They do make noise and obviously they do have an impact on property values. If the wind is blowing in your direction you will hear a constant jet plane sound ...Whenyou see those 400-foot towers with their spinning blades above your roof you can think about the loss of home equity town officials have cost you.
They also unanimously approved the Wind Turbine Moratorium that says the town will not issue any wind turbines permits until June 30, 2013, after the Zoning Board has some time to update its rules and regulations Developers proposed to construct industrial scale turbines on Mount Massaemet.
One of the articles, sponsored by residents and the Dartmouth Planning Board, would limit commercial wind turbines to "General Industrial" and "Limited Industrial" zoning districts. Alternative energy has been a major topic in town, with the Select Board voting to abandon plans for two turbines on town-owned land.
The residents of Fairhaven are not naïve, gullible nor ignorant. The residents are connecting the dots and I believe they see that this project has been handled in a secretive, deceitful and underhanded manner. That the information from the developers is biased when the presenters receive monetary gain by the wind industry. ...With a monetary gain by so many involved in this project, I have to wonder what happens to honesty, integrity and caring to those poor residents living near the turbines.
The board initially considered a wind turbine article largely drafted by Kraft Group attorney John Twohig ..."They voted no action because the installation, siting and adjustment of wind turbines is a quickly evolving science and one that they still had significant concerns about, particularly as to the impacts on abutters and nearby residents," Wason said.
The Colrain Planning Board is asking the town to put a temporary hold on special permit applications for commercial-scale windmill and solar farms until the board has had a chance to study the possible impact of such projects.
Hounds Ditch Lane resident Joanne Levesque took issue with Goldenberg's summary of the state study ...She said the panel that conducted the study indicated that there is insufficient evidence to suggest that wind turbines do or do not have an effect on health. "My fear is you're relying on a committee that wants to deny there is a problem with wind turbines and health impacts."
Two Franklin County hilltowns are considering moratoriums on windmill proposals to buy time to adopt specific bylaws governing them.
In making his decision, Downing said he had considered what he heard from constituents and state officials during 15 hours of hearings on the bill held in Hancock and Barnstable. The siting bill has been fought by those opposed to putting wind energy projects near residential areas.
With only a handful of meetings remaining before the Jan. 15 deadline for a report back to the Selectmen, the town's Wind Energy Research Panel is trying to break out of gridlock by pairing off its members in a "speed-dating" approach to research three key issues surrounding the potential municipal wind-turbine project on Lenox Mountain.