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Canaan Voters OK Ordinance For Wind Projects



Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Canaan — Voters in Canaan approved a municipal ordinance to regulate large-scale wind projects during Town Meeting Day.

Residents voted, 263-135, on Tuesday to accept the new rules, which will set height and noise requirements for projects that involve multiple wind turbines.

Officials say the ordinance is meant to target larger-scale developers, and will not prohibit landowners from installing residential windmills.

A committee crafted the regulations over the past year in response to the Spruce Ridge Wind project, which sought to install 29 turbines across Canaan, Orange, Dorchester, Alexandria and Groton.

Residents also voted, 294-103, to approve a $3.6 million town budget, which amounts to a roughly $100,000 increase over this year’s municipal spending plan.

Canaan saw few contested races on Tuesday.

Incumbent Selectboard member Alfred Posnanski garnered 343 votes to maintain his seat in an uncontested race.

Budget Committee members Denis Salvail (292 votes), John Bergeron (311 votes) and Eleanor Davis (267 votes) also were elected to three-year terms and were unopposed.