If you’re going to deny a local business the right to do what it wants on its own property, shouldn’t you have an actual reason? Not according to the Plymouth Zoning Board, which rejected a local Stop & Shop’s request to build a wind turbine strictly based on personal preference, reports Wicked Local’s Emily Clark:
After three hours of listening to protracted and sometimes confusing arguments for and against a proposal to site a wind turbine behind Stop & Shop off Exit 6, the Zoning Board of Appeals voted Wednesday night to deny the special permit request.While ZBA Chairman Peter Conner and ZBA member Bill Keohan said the project meets the town’s bylaw requirements, the rest of the board expressed concerns of its proximity to residential areas and other issues.
Now, it’s certainly possible to stumble into an OK outcome via a terrible process (this is known in the scientific community as dumb luck). According to WATD’s Charles Mathewson, the turbine would be 600 feet from an apartment complex, which would be awfully close. A GE report recommended wind turbines be placed no closer than 900 feet to residential areas.
The answer to that is to pass a law that says wind turbines should be placed no closer than 900 feet to residential areas. That’s how we do things in this country – we make laws and we follow them.
Instead, the Zoning Board rejected the turbines based not on any law, but on “conflicting evidence of health effects of large turbines,” which is basically like saying you’re worried the wind turbines will give people herpes. Meanwhile, Plymouth will continue relying on a rickety old nuclear power plant that threatens local wildlife.
Zoning Boards are the worst.
Cross-posted from The Green Miles