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Dixfield Planning Board, selectmen to hold Jan. 15 workshop on wind ordinance

DIXFIELD – The Planning Board will host a workshop with the Board of Selectmen at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, to continue discussion on an amended Wind Energy Facility Ordinance.

It will be held at the Ludden Memorial Library.

Dixfield residents originally approved an ordinance in November 2012 to regulate wind development. At the beginning of 2013, selectmen voted to have the Planning Board strengthen the ordinance.

The Planning Board brought its recommendations to selectmen, who made revisions and put in on the November 2014 ballot. The article called for repealing the original ordinance and adopting the amended version. Voters rejected the revised law by a vote of 553-567.

The board subsequently voted 4-1 to take the Planning Board’s original draft and made two amendments. The latest version will go to voters on the June 10 ballot.

Board of Selectmen Chairman Scott Belskis said at a previous meeting that the workshop will be led by the Planning Board.

“We’re not looking to overhaul the entire ordinance again,” Belskis said. “We’re just making sure that some of the language within the ordinance is correct.”