Articles filed under Zoning/Planning from Massachusetts

Wind turbine rules rejected

For the second time in the past year, county officials have rejected rules for wind-energy projects because they are not tough enough. ...Barnstable's representative Thomas Lynch, who holds the largest percentage vote, led the charge against creating the planning area, arguing that ferry routes in Nantucket Sound should be included.
28 Sep 2011

State OKs Bourne wind turbine law

The new bylaw effectively places a moratorium on larger turbines by requiring setbacks from residential areas that are impossible under the town's current layout. The five-turbine New Generation Wind project proposed for Bournedale is exempt from the new restrictions because project plans were filed before the bylaw was in place.
15 Sep 2011

Bourne voters set to review turbines

After hearing nearly three hours of emotional debate, Bourne Planning Board members chose not to make a positive or negative recommendation for the New Generation Wind project proposed for Bournedale. Instead, the panel voted 8-1 to recommend further study of the project and to have board chairman Christopher Farrell make a presentation to voters.
7 May 2011

Citizen's wind turbine changes in limbo

The board members voted to continue studying the complex issues and the impacts of proposed changes, both to all areas of the town and to applicants proposing or opposing projects. Unless or until such a study is complete and a report of the planning board issued, the article cannot be voted on at Town Meeting.
16 Apr 2011

Brewster Citizens Petition would ban turbines

One of three citizen-inspired articles on the draft warrant dealing with turbines, Article 40 would amend the board of selectmen's authorization to negotiate with the Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative to "not site any Medium-Scale Wind Energy Turbine or Large-Scale Wind Energy Turbine within 1.2 miles of the nearest residence."
21 Feb 2011

Zoning Board lacks votes to override Falmouth building commissioner

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.
11 Feb 2011

Wind-energy bylaw aired at hearing; Board decides more public comment needed

The challenge the board faces at Town Meeting is to convince the public that there is a need for the bylaw. Planning Board Chairman Stephen Themelis was quick to point out that without a bylaw, almost anything could be constructed anywhere in town without consideration of the permitting restrictions defined in the proposed bylaw. "With no bylaw, anything goes," he said.
28 Jan 2011

Cape, Vineyard craft new turbine rules

Regional planning agencies on both the Cape and Vineyard released draft plans last month to deal with wind-energy projects in state waters under their jurisdiction. The Martha's Vineyard Commission's model regulations for island towns also cover land-based turbines, while the Cape Cod Commission is handling terrestrial projects with a separate set of rules.
17 Jan 2011

Commission proposes new land-based wind regs

The commission sought to get some parameters on the books to address land-based turbines, while the Assembly wanted a more complete and restrictive set of guidelines. The draft sets a 65-foot height at the blade tip threshold for review and addresses four main areas: clear zones, noise, shadow flicker and decommissioning.
14 Jan 2011
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