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Special Referendum #4: Wind Ordinance

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!!!

Here’s the language on the wind ordinance for FRIDAY May 29th

FOUR: The Town hereby ordains amendments to the Zoning Ordinance to allow the installation of Small Windmills, specifically amending; Article Two, Definitions, Article Eighteen, Administration, and creating Article Nine-A, Small Wind.

Statement of Fact: The goal of the amendment is to allow the installation of small windmills for renewable energy generation. Recognizing the importance of allowing citizens to invest in harnessing this abundant and renewable energy source, this amendment establishes a new accessory use of Small Windmills, and establishes the requirements for their installation and operation. This proposal is consistent with current State of Maine energy policy, such as the currently offered tax rebate program for Small Wind projects, and the development of a model wind ordinance for Maine communities. Article Two, Definitions, will be amended to include 4 new definitions. The performance standards of Article 9-A aim to allow this alternative energy source while protecting the surrounding environment in terms of noise, light, visual impact, and safety. Though the Comprehensive Plan does not specifically address alternative energy sources at this time, in its emphasis on conservation of natural resources and efficient delivery of services, this amendment is generally consistent with the Comprehensive Plan. It is not expected to have a significant impact on Town administration.

Planning Board recommends approval (5-0)

Board of Selectmen recommends approval (5-0).

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