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County Planning Board reviews Lyme’s wind moratorium

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The Jefferson County Planning Board gave its informal blessing Tuesday for the Lyme town board to pass another six-month moratorium on wind-power projects.

Planning Board members reviewed the extension on the moratorium and sent it back to the town “as a local concern” without comment.

The extension would give Lyme’s Planning Board more time to draft a revised wind zoning law. The town first passed a moratorium in 2007, which was extended several times for varying periods.

A public hearing on the moratorium will be held at 6:15 p.m. April 11 at the town offices, Route 12E, prior to the regular council meeting.

Last week, Supervisor Scott G. Aubertine said the town had hoped to enact a revised wind law before expiration of the current moratorium, which was enacted at an Oct. 5 special meeting.

The neighboring town of Cape Vincent enacted a moratorium on Feb. 7, halting all wind-power development until Sept. 7, to give it time to put together a new, and likely more strict, wind-zoning law.

Mr. Aubertine has said Lyme’s new wind law will reflect the results of a recent townwide survey, which showed that a majority of residents were against wind development. Of the survey’s 1,621 respondents, 64 percent opposed turbines.

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