Planning Board Dismisses Wind Energy Bylaw Review

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Tonight the Planning Board voted 7-0 not to reopen discussion regarding changes to the wind energy bylaw. Board members agreed that nothing new, of zoning relevance, had changed since Town Meeting’s adoption of the 2013 Wind Energy System Bylaw.

At the recent November 9 (2015) Falmouth Town Meeting, members voted to defer the Board of Selectmen’s Article 3 to the Planning Board for further review, citing the need for further discussion.

Article 3’s purpose, as well as the Selectmen’s intent, is to exempt all wind turbines from a special permit process if constructed on town land and serving a public purpose.

Municipal economic hardship does not qualify, according to the unanimous opinion of the board, as substantive or relevant new wind energy system bylaw information pursuent to planning or zoning purposes.

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