The state SEC concluded its original denial thus: “Th[is] decision is not a determination that a wind facility should never be constructed in the Town of Antrim or on the Tuttle Hill/Willard Mountain ridgeline…The Facility…proposed…is simply out of scale in context of its setting and adversely impacts the aesthetics of the region in an unreasonable way.”
Yet, remarkably, the terms of the actual 11-page Eolian large wind ordinance petitioned on the March 11 ballot in Antrim, are so inadequately over-broad they even appear to qualify the very facility denied as a permitted use, if passed.
It is important to remember, Eolian reassures, that the regulations contained in the zoning amendment itself will work together with Antrim’s existing major site plan review process.
Major site plan review has a robust ring, but offers no panacea of regulatory comfort. Rather, we should expect some of the very inadequacies of the Eolian large wind ordinance to constrain that process, if passed.
Zoning amendment 5 is one dog of March that shouldn’t be permitted to hunt.
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