As someone who lives closer than 3,000 feet to the site where Competitive Energy Service (CES) wants to erect at least three 400-foot wind turbines, I am concerned.
Our vote on reinstating the commercial development review ordinance is not about stopping the project, but putting some guidelines in place for protection.
After all, representatives from CES helped write the ordinance so that the project could be developed; it should not stop the project unless they do not follow their own guidelines.
In a letter to the residents of Freedom in May of last year, the developers stated the following when asking the residents of Freedom to repeal the ordinance we are now trying to reinstate:
“Furthermore, CES has committed to building the very same project that was proposed, extensively reviewed, and ultimately approved by the Town Planning Board if the Ordinances are repealed.
This commitment includes using turbines with the same or lower maximum sound output, meeting the same setbacks to residences and property lines, and complying with every single one of the items listed in Article 8 Section 5 of the Ordinances titled ‘Wind Energy Facility Siting And Construction.'”
If they are willing to comply with every one of the items listed, why did they ask the residents to repeal the ordinance? By reinstating the ordinance, we will have a legal way to hold any developer accountable to protect abutters’ rights.
Please vote to reinstate the commercial development review ordinance on June 10.
Mary Ann Bennett
14 May 2008
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