Danbury, N.H., residents have voted in favor of four local ordinances that will make it tough to develop large scale wind projects in town.
At a town meeting March 11, voters adopted four proposals aimed at preserving the town’s rural character and the property values and health of its residents, according to an article in The Concord Monitor.
The Spanish energy company Iberdrola last month proposed building 23 turbines on a site above property owned by Jody Troiano, who had had inherited the property from her uncle. Toriano, until eight months ago a Boston resident, decided to fight the project to preserve the character of the property, The Monitor reported.
“This is a silent revolution sweeping the United States,” Troiano said. “Little towns like Danbury and Alexandria and Hebron that are trying to fight industry from coming into their towns and destroying the beauty, the rural way of life, whatever it may be.”
According to the newspaper, the proposals would:
- Bar new energy projects that would threaten citizen rights to “health, safety and welfare.”
- Advise selectmen that residents oppose a favorable tax deal with wind developers.
- Require developers to post a bond that would pay for removing equipment if the project ceased operating.
- Require developers to give residents within three miles of the project a “property value guarantee.”