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Shelburne Planning Board seeks residents for solar zoning bylaw panel

SHELBURNE — The Planning Board is looking for residents interested in helping to shape zoning bylaws for large-scale electricity-generating solar farms.

Chairman Matt Marchese said the board has drafted a Large-Scale Ground-Mounted Solar Energy Facilities zoning bylaw and would like to form a Solar Advisory Committee to review the bylaw in preparation for submitting the bylaw to annual town meeting voters this spring.

The advisory group will be asked to research specific issues and report back to the Planning Board, as it refines the draft bylaw. The board is looking for 10 to 15 residents who are interested in solar energy facilities, have the time to participate in group meetings, and have the time and ability to do independent research. Also, advisory members should be able to be open-minded in deliberating what’s best for the town, and be willing to share their research or experience on the issue.

Those interested are asked to submit a letter of interest by Oct. 9, which will include their name and address, contact information, and reason for wanting to join the advisory group. These letters can either be mailed to: Chairman, Shelburne Planning Board, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, MA 01370; or emailed to: planning@townofshelburne.com

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