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The Land Use Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the petitions submitted by Moosehead residents that remove 10 townships of the region's Unorganized Territories (UTs) from the expedited wind permitting area.
In a standing-room only meeting at the Ellington Township Hall, the board voted unanimously in favor of a 120-day moratorium. ...Before voting on the moratorium, the board also voted unanimously to ask the Ellington Township Planning Commission to evaluate where turbines should be allowed in relation to property lines.
“If the wind companies can meet, or are willing to meet our requests, and can provide written proof of financial gain to the community, then I welcome a discussion,” he said. “One fact stands; this will and has repeatedly divided communities. Friendships have been lost, families torn, and for what gain? That’s the big question.”
So despite all Anderson’s lofty talk of saving the world from global warming, these renewable energy projects have always been about the money. Throw up a bunch of renewable energy projects, hustle the tax credits and subsidies, and charge ratepayers exorbitant fees for intermittent power. Communities and mountains be damned.
“The question here really is are we so distrustful of the Public Service Board — and for some in this room I'm sure the answer is yes — that the board can actually develop policies and behave in a way that does ensure people can have peaceful living if they happen to be located near a wind turbine,” Ashe said. In fact, the answer to that question was yes for the majority of the senators in the room, and the amendment passed.
In granting Certificates of Public Good and their associated establishment and measurement of noise standards for wind turbines inside neighboring homes rather than at property lines, the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) has essentially awarded wind developers an uncompensated nuisance noise, health, and safety easement across private property even though that neighboring parcel has not been leased to the wind developer. In effect, future development rights on thousands of acres of private property have been stripped from Vermont’s rural citizens.
A moratorium on industrial development approved by Temple residents last month is intended to give the town more time to create a comprehensive plan.
But Perth and Kinross Local Review Body upheld the planning department’s refusal, citing concerns over the impact of the turbines on tourism and on scenery because of their size and proposed layout. A total of 17 people, believed to live close by, wrote in support of the scheme, with 117 objecting, as well as community councils from Auchterarder to Methven.
The meeting was advertised through a piece of paper posted at the township office 18 hours before the meeting, Block said. The board went into executive session with its lawyer during the March 22 meeting and afterward voted on a new moratorium that stayed all future wind development except Exelon’s project.
Commissioner Brian Kalk says during his 8 years on the PSC he's never seen interest in a wind farm project like he saw during Wednesday's meeting ..."for a long time nobody really talked about the negatives of wind farms, but we are seeing a lot more organized opposition to the wind farms.
The Planning Commission voted to table the matter until they can go through more documents. They will schedule a special meeting to vote on the wind overlay district zoning.
Communities would be allowed to call a halt to wind farm developments under plans revealed by the Scottish Conservatives. A proposal to give local people the ability to impose moratoriums on wind farms features in the party's action plan for rural Scotland ahead of May's election.
Board member John Hill reiterated safety concerns previously expressed during numerous public hearings ...“As far as the study on the sound and the effects on humans, I guess at this point I’d rather be on the conservative side with the lower dBA. At some point in time you might look back and say well this doesn’t have to be this restrictive, but it will evolve. I think over time you will see some effects there.”
Rep. Marianna Gamache, R-Swanton, introduced five bills that would increase public notification requirements for proposed renewable energy projects and give communities the right to veto larger projects. ...“If you say it’ll help, I’ll go along with the program, as long as it’s something I don’t find offensive, and many people find industrial wind offensive.”
The much-anticipated hearing comes six days after a district judge dismissed an injunction filed by a local citizen group against the county’s commissioners and planning and zoning board, which approved the permits for the 87-turbine wind farm in December, as well as the company aiming to build it.
"Your permit for this tower leads to an industrial wind development," he said. "We want to be very sure we have everything in our community set to the benefit of our community before we make any proceeding that goes toward this wind tower industrial development." Barton said the zoning board is going to take the time to be sure the Randolph code is going to protect the property owners around the wind towers, as well as the people who have them on their land.
In an attempt to push the company into action, the committee hired an independent firm, Patrick Engineering, in November 2015 to do a cost study and write a decommissioning plan. The action is allowed under the special use permit with Minonk LLC paying the cost of the study. A copy of the report, which indicated the security deposit should be $15,135,851, was sent to Minonk Wind Farm LLC, which did not respond.
“We just want to make sure everything is up to code and be prepared for taller wind turbines,” Mr. Rarick said, adding that he believes other towns affected by Iberdrola’s project should also approve moratoriums. He said the board plans to reach out to other towns, advising them to consider approving consistent wind regulations.
Commissioners in Tuscola County spent hours of their Thursday morning meeting listening to Almer and Ellington Township residents frustrated by the perceived lack of attention paid to them by their respective township planning committees regarding the zoning of wind turbines.
The Town of Randolph Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously denied a special use permit for Atlantic Wind LLC to install a 196-foot meteorological tower in the town. ...Six points affected the board’s decision. They were outlined by board member Paul Steward, who said there are several clauses in the Atlantic Wind contract that take away landowner rights and are in conflict with the “intent and purpose” of the Town of Randolph code.