Report: Foster Planning Board Votes To Ban Wind Turbines

Report: Foster Planning Board Votes To Ban Wind Turbines

Concerns about noise, vibration and flickering led the board to vote 5-1 to prohibit wind turbines, according to a local report.

Mary  Serreze's profile pictureMary Serreze, Patch StaffVerified Patch Staff BadgePosted Fri, Apr 16, 2021 at 1:07 pm ET

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The Foster Planning Board voted to ban wind turbines, but the matter must still go before the Town Council, The Valley Breeze reports.
The Foster Planning Board voted to ban wind turbines, but the matter must still go before the Town Council, The Valley Breeze reports. (Patch)

FOSTER, RI — The Planning Board has registered its opposition to wind energy turbines and towers in town with a 5-1 vote to ban the structures.

The Valley Breeze reports that the board on April 7 voted to amend the town’s green energy ordinance to prohibit wind turbines. The matter must now go before the Town Council for more discussion and a separate vote.

The Planning Board decision came after Assistant Solicitor Joanna Achilles warned that a complete ban could leave the town open to possible lawsuits. Residents of Portsmouth attended the meeting and said wind turbines in that town have diminished their quality of life.

Chairman Anthony Renzi and members Helen Hardy, Warren Ducharme, Hillary Downes-Fortune and George Sackal voted in favor of the ban while Michael Carpenter cast the lone opposing vote.

Read More At The Valley Breeze

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