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Portsmouth-based Antrim Wind Energy LLC, which hopes to bring a large-scale wind farm to the Tuttle Hill and Willard Mountain ridgelines, wrote the zoning petition to adopt standards for wind farms in town.The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the petition article at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Town Hall.
Antrim Wind Energy officials confirmed Monday that the Seacoast-based developer helped craft the proposed wind energy ordinance, submitted by petition, that will go before town voters in March. While the ordinance doesn’t specifically call for the development of a wind farm in the area of Tuttle Hill and Willard Pond, it is seen as a process that will create the right conditions for a project.
The planning board gave its approval to a draft management plan for Mount Jasper that calls for protecting the special archaeological and geological values of the property while promoting its use for walking, snow-shoeing, rock climbing, and birding.
Cohen has since said Timbertop Wind does not plan to move forward with the New Ipswich and Temple site as a possible wind energy facility, believing that the company would be unable to gain acceptance at the local level.
Antrim resident Loranne Block, who has been a vocal critic of the plan since its inception, said that this warrant article is overly vague, and is lacking in protection for property values and changes to taxes. “They should have come up with a comprehensive article. Nothing’s laid out — no details. It’s a lot of destruction for a little production.”
The Zoning Board of Adjustment Wednesday night upheld earlier planning and zoning board decisions allowing Jericho Power to install three 500-foot wind turbines on Jericho Mountain. But the board did modify the Jan. 8 planning board decision to require the wind turbines to set back at least 200 feet from the perimeter of the property.
In a decision released earlier this month, Bornstein remanded the matter back to the zoning board to determine whether the amended site plan approved by the planning board violates the spirit and intent of the zoning ordinance. ...In January, the planning board approved amending the site plan to install three 500-foot high turbines. The zoning board also approved amending its variance to allow the three turbines at 500 feet.
The Antrim Select Board voted to appeal the state ruling that denied a 10-turbine wind project after deciding to accept a $40,000 offer from Antrim Wind in a contentious meeting Monday that led to one resident being escorted out by police and several others walking away in frustration.
The Portuguese company that previously received permission from the Zoning Board to build a meteorological tower to determine whether it then wants to build a fullscale wind farm, was back before the board on Thursday evening for a rehearing.
The proposed ordinance applies to wind turbines that have an energy-producing capacity of 100 kilowatts or less and that will be used primarily for on-site energy consumption. ...The systems cannot exceed 30 feet above the average tree line closest to it.
The new ordinance is more relaxed, said planning board Chairman Andrew J. Robblee, who did not support the previous proposal because he thought it was too restrictive. He called this ordinance a "workable" solution. The new version has less restrictive environmental standards compared to the prior version.
He explained that learning about negative impacts in other communities - widespread complaints, plummeting property values and, in rare cases, residents abandoning their homes altogether - prompted the board to seek out stronger zoning.
Voters defeated two articles Tuesday that would have regulated large-scale wind energy projects in the town. Almost 50 percent, or 810, of the town's 1,649 registered voters cast ballots at the special Town Meeting vote.
On the ballot, article one asks residents to approve the large-scale wind energy facility ordinance which would establish a process for issuing conditional use permits and would set limits for the amount of noise a wind project can make and setbacks it must have from residential areas.
An ad hoc committee was formed in May by the planning board to head the drafting effort. It will meet Wednesday to hear concerns and suggestions on how such facilities in town should be managed.
Block said the proposed definition of renewable energy facilities is too vague and leaves the door open to excessive development. "What they want to do is open up the town to anything that can be construed as renewable without any controls or limitations on it," he said. He also warned if the amendment passes, the Tuttle Hill project would be all but assured.
A proposal to place a meteorological tower on Antrim's Tuttle Hill to study whether the spot is ideal for wind turbines to generate electricity has ruffled some feathers. The debate in Antrim is just one example of the controversy blowing across the country over the placement of wind farms as the focus on renewable energy sources grows. Last month, the Antrim zoning board gave Antrim Wind Energy LLC permission to place a temporary 196-foot tower on privately owned property off Route 9.
Following numerous and heated public hearings, the zoning board approved a height variance for a meteorological tower on Tuttle Hill after just more than an hour of deliberation. Chairman John Kendall was the sole negative vote on the variance, which approved the construction of a 196-foot met tower on ridgetop property owned by resident Michael Ott. The decision will be effective at the end of the 30-day appeals period, but resident Richard Block has no intention of letting that happen. "It will be appealed, on a number of levels," said Block after the meeting.
The Antrim Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) unanimously voted on Tuesday to close the public hearing on the height variance for a meteorological (met) tower on Tuttle Hill, and begin deliberations at their next meeting on the issue, which will be Oct. 13. ...Including three company officials from Eolian Renewable Energy, the parent company of Antrim Wind Power LLC, those attending the meeting numbered thirty. The majority of opinions heard by the board were against giving the height variance for the met tower.
The Zoning Board of Adjustment says it needs more information before approving a variance that would allow for the construction of a small wind energy turbine on a property bordering Lake Winnipesaukee. Members of the Zoning Board voted to continue the application made by Richard Lavalliere and in the mean time, have the applicant hire an independent licensed engineer ascertain potential noise level and the amount of energy production that will be done on the site.