Public Workshop on Draft Solar Array Ordinance – Tues. Nov. 26 at 5:30 pm

| Joanne Cole, NGX |

Over recent months, the Land Management Planning Committee (LMPC) has worked to develop an ordinance to regulate large ground-mounted solar arrays. LMPC has shared its current draft and now invites the community to offer comments and concerns or simply learn more about solar projects and policies at a workshop to be held Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at 5:30 pm at the Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road.

This workshop was originally scheduled for late October but scuttled for lack of a quorum. Regular followers of LMPC should note the unusual Tuesday scheduling; LMPC typically meets on Wednesdays.

In developing a draft solar policy, LMPC has sought to consider not only the interests of owners and developers, but also abutters and the larger community. Among the questions LMPC has discussed are impacts on views, what projects should be required to provide a decommissioning plan and financial guarantees against abandonment, and how close to property lines a ground-mounted array may be sited.

To learn more about New Gloucester’s draft solar ordinance and next steps, come to the November 26 workshop. You can also send comments and questions to Town Planner Scott Hastings: shastings@newgloucester.com and 207-926-4126 x4.

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