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Friday, February 29, 2008

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Selectmen propose, then pause on wind turbine regs

Carlisle could face challenges by wireless companies if language was added to the bylaws in order to allow special permits for wind turbines, the Selectmen learned at their February 26 meeting. The board has been considering a modification to bylaw 4.7, “Intensity and Dimensional Requirement, Height Exceptions,” which would read: “—¦except wind turbine facilities which can only exceed the maximum height requirement by special permit.” The bylaw modification was to appear as Article 27 on the Town Warrant.

The decision to modify the bylaw was brought on by the recent approval of, and then rescinding of, Keith Therrien’s proposed 100- to 120-foot wind turbine to be constructed on his Berry Corner Lane property. The bylaw currently restricts tower-type structures, such as a communications tower, to 60-80 feet. The Carlisle Planning Board and legal counsel brought to the Selectmen’s attention that adding language to the bylaw may open it to challenges by wireless companies, who could request a special permit to build taller cell towers (see also “Planning Board reviews Hanover Hill, considers wind turbines,” page 6).

The Selectmen discussed putting a moratorium on wind turbine construction, and possibly forming a committee to discuss how to best support alternate energy development. Chair Tim Hult suggested further discussion of the bylaw change and other Warrant Articles at the March 4 meeting. ∆


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