Wendell voters pave way for green designation

WENDELL — The town has taken steps to be greener.

Most items at a recent special town meeting made changes to bylaws to achieve state Green Community status, with its accompanying grant eligibility.

Voters approved additions to the zoning bylaws allowing ground-mounted solar installations with a generating capacity of 10 kilowatts or less in residential areas by right, and larger systems on industrial land subject to site plan review by the Planning Board.

Articles established zoning rights and created regulations for the construction, operation, repair and removal of the larger-scale installations, with measures intended to minimize aesthetic and environmental impacts and protect the town from responsibility for abandoned solar farms.

In another step toward the Green Community designation, voters adopted the state “Stretch Energy Code” regulating the design and construction of all new buildings, effective July 1.

A stretch of Old Farley Road is now officially Blue Heron Road.

That was the decision of the Oct. 18 meeting affecting the portion of Old Farley Road between the Arch Street Bridge and Bear Mountain Brook, according to Town Coordinator Nancy Aldrich.

The meeting also:

∎ Added an associate member to both the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals.

∎ Transfered $1,700 from the Fiske Pond Dam Inspection Fund to the Fiske Pond Stewardship Fund.

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