Falmouth Planning Board's vote on wind projects decisive

To the Editor:

The Falmouth Planning Board acted decisively this last night:

  • Voted to issue a letter to County Commissioners that they strongly consider a District of Critical Planning Concern for the Upper Cape for wind energy.  This would result typically in a one year moratorium on wind development.
  • Voted to issue a local moratorium on wind development in Falmouth for one year.
  • Reviewed a draft zoning bylaw and resolved to develop that bylaw into a robust article to put before Town Meeting.

The action of the board last night appears to be a seismic shift in the town's turbine siting position.  The action of the board will have an impact on the Zoning Board of Appeals and will be noticed by Falmouth's Board of Health, as well as state government which is pushing wind development and is trying to pass legislation for cursory streamlining of wind projects.

Mark Cool
West Falmouth, MA

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