The Jefferson County Planning Board gave its informal blessing on Tuesday for the Lyme Town Board to pass another six-month moratorium on wind turbines.
Planning board members reviewed the extension on the moratorium and sent it back to the town “as a local concern” without making any comments. The extension would give Lyme’s Planning Board more time to draft a revised wind zoning law.
The town first passed a moratorium in 2007, which was extended several times for varying periods.
A public hearing on the moratorium will be held at 6:15 p.m. April 11 at the town offices, Route 12E, prior to the regular council meeting.
Last week, Supervisor Scott G. Aubertine said the town had hoped to put in place a revised wind law before the current moratorium, which was enacted at an Oct. 5 special meeting, expired.
The neighboring town of Cape Vincent enacted a moratorium on Feb. 7 halting all wind-power development until Sept. 7, giving it time to put together a new, and most likely more strict, wind-zoning law.
Mr. Aubertine has said Lyme’s new wind law will reflect the results of a recent townwide survey, which showed that a majority of residents were against wind development. Of the survey’s 1,621 respondents, 64 percent opposed turbines.
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