Articles filed under Zoning/Planning from New York

Panel shoots the breeze about wind power

David Gibson, executive director of The Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks, agreed that the ecological treasures New York could lose in the wake of wind farm construction and operation are too great to risk just for the generation of green power. "We all, everyone in this room probably, are committed to moving us toward a more sustainable path," Gibson said. "We all want clean, green, much more friendly habits, but we don't think tall industrial structures on ridge lines anywhere is good public policy."
22 Jul 2006

Critics Raise Concerns At Scoping Meeting

The West Babylon High School auditorium was packed with many Babylon area residents and others from surrounding communities on the South Shore on July 10 for a public hearing regarding Long Island Power Authority’s wind park proposal. Many local residents, town officials and New York State legislators stated their opposition to the project, citing environmental concerns and expenses that would be detrimental to taxpayers in the future.
21 Jul 2006

Schism widening on wind farm plan

"Last night was a shocker," Nicolette Nye, a spokeswoman for Minerals Management, said Tuesday after the first night of hearings. She has conducted similar hearings on projects up and down the East Coast, she said, including on Cape Cod, where another controversial wind farm is proposed. But she said nothing had prepared her for Long Island. "People here are much more...passionate."
17 Jul 2006

Somerset approves windmills

SOMERSET — The Town Board on Tuesday approved ordinances for both residential and commercial windmills....Residential windmills can be 150-feet high ... Commercial windmills, which will produce power directly into the power grid, may be 450-feet high.
12 Jul 2006

David Bassett's Letter to the Warsaw (NY) Town Board

In summary, large-scale wind machines are a bad idea for the Town of Warsaw but great for offshore and remote areas. Large machines greater than (say) 125 rotor diameter should be prohibited. The Town might consider policies to foster small-scale wind equipment, other small-scale "appropriate" energy technologies and energy efficiency. The proposed regulatory framework amounts to a slippery slope. Please don't go there.
30 Jun 2006

Communities update land plans

He expects the plan will reflect changing issues facing municipal officials. In the same way towns had to scurry about 10 years ago to address concerns over cell phone antenna towers, town officials today must prepare for new concerns, such as wind turbines and solar panels.
26 Jun 2006

Mining, wind energy are hot topics

ALBION — Moratoriums were the theme of the Orleans County Planning Board on Thursday night. Planners recommended approval for six-month moratoriums on wind energy development and mining operations in the Town of Shelby, as well as moratoriums on wind energy systems and high-density housing in the Town of Albion.
23 Jun 2006
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