Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Voters OK wind farm district

Sun Journal
March 5, 2008

By Terry Karkos , Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 5, 2008

ROXBURY - A majority of voters at the more than four-hour meeting OK'd creation of a new zoning district, which will allow wind-farm facilities to be built in Roxbury.

The new mountain district zone will include all areas of the mountain ridge comprised of portions of Record Hill within Roxbury, Flathead Mountain, Mine Notch, Partridge Peak, and North and South Twin mountains that are located at or above an elevation of 1,500 feet.

The land-use ordinance change was done to resolve gray areas of the document and to prevent wind-energy facilities from being labeled as industrial structures, which were prohibited until Monday night's vote.

"It passed after much discussion," selectmen Chairman Mark Touchette said by phone Tuesday evening. "It wasn't as close as I thought it would be."

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