Plymouth: Zoning Board of Appeals to consider Stop & Shop wind turbine

In Plymouth, Stop and Shop is scheduled to go before the Zoning Board of Appeals tonight. They’re asking for a special permit to construct a wind turbine behind their supermarket at Myles Standish Plaza, but they received no recommendation from the Planning Board.

In its deliberations last week, the Planning Board took into consideration the Department of Environmental Protection’s response to Stop & Shop’s sound studies on the proposed 275 foot wind turbine. Planning Board Chair Paul McAlduff explains that the Planning staff gave the Board three options: “One was to approve it, one was to deny it and one was to approve it with the DEP’s recommendations.”

Those recommendations include that the applicant curtail wind turbine activity during winter months from 1:00 AM to 3:00 AM.

In addition, the comment of Planning and Development Director Lee Hartmann that he and his staff did not feel comfortable recommending approval of the project in light of the DEP’s response, was also a factor in the Board‘s consideration.

The Planning Board’s vote on the special permit request ended in a 2 to 2 tie –in effect –no recommendation to the ZBA. The ZBA meets at Plymouth Town Hall tonight at 7:00.

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About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.