Public Hearing Scheduled for Moratorium on Alternative Energy Sources


TAKE NOTICE, that the Town Board of the Town of Washington will hold a public hearing at the Town of Washington Town Hall, Reservoir Drive, Millbrook, New York on November 9, 2017, at 7:00 pm, Prevailing Time, or as soon thereafter as the matter may come to be heard, on Local Law No. 1 of 2017, “INTERIM DEVELOPMENT LAW”, and

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, that copies of the aforesaid proposed local law will be available for examination at the office of the Town Clerk, at the Town Hall, Reservoir Drive, Millbrook, New York between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 pm, and 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm on all business days between the date of this notice and the date of the public hearing.

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, that all persons interested and citizens shall have an opportunity to be heard on said proposal at the time and place aforesaid.


DATED:  Millbrook, New York

October 12, 2017


The proposed law can be found here:  Local Law for Moratorium on So (1)

One comment on “Public Hearing Scheduled for Moratorium on Alternative Energy Sources

  1. A moratorium is a weasel way out of making what should be a simple decision based on a simple distinction. There are two kinds of installations. The first is purely related to an energy source for the property in question. The second is primarily for selling into the grid. The first should be presumptively allowed as consistent with residential or agricultural zoning while the second demands a careful study and commercial or industrial zoning. Homeowners wanting to install solar or wind for their own use should only have to show that the installation is safe, does not interfere with the neighbors use of their land and is not an eyesore. Appropriate screening may be required. Schools, institutions and farms should be allowed to install solar and wind energy systems that serve their own needs on the same basis. The public will not be well served by a moratorium. There is not much to study. There is plenty of precedent. Just drive around. Commercial installations are different. They do impose a burden. They are visual features that can’t be ignored. Nor can they be easily screened. They need careful planning.

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