Friday, August 27, 2010

Orleans rejects Iberdrola's bid to erect two wind test towers

Iberdrola Renewables' application for two new meteorological test towers was not accepted by the Planning Board last week because the towers would sit outside the town's overlay district, where test towers and wind turbines are allowed.

Brad P. Millett, zoning officer for the town of Orleans, said Wednesday that the wind power developer would need a use variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals or an amendment to the district by the Town Council. The earliest the developer could receive a variance is at the ZBA's October meeting. Amending the overlay district would require a public hearing and local law change, a process that takes several months.

Iberdrola Communications manager Paul N. Copleman said the developer is considering both options.

Iberdrola submitted the application as a possible restoration of Horse Creek Wind Farm. The Clayton Planning Board in June declined to grant the company a request for a third extension for the 126-megawatt wind farm, originally planned for the southern part of Clayton and Orleans. The developer is planning to resubmit an application for the project, which was in the middle of a state environmental quality review.

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