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Rockport sends solar farm regs, fireworks ban to voters

By Daniel Dunkle | Sep 10, 2020
David Pio

Rockport — The Rockport Select Board voted unanimously this week to put a new solar farm ordinance and a proposed fireworks ban on the Nov. 3 ballot.

The solar farm ordinance would allow solar farms in the rural districts subject to various regulations about setbacks, screening, height, decommissioning and so on. It would also require planning board approval.

Select Board members asked why this was a stand-alone ordinance and not incorporated into the land use ordinance. Town Manager William Post said that putting it in the land use ordinance would require notice and public hearings that they do not have time for at this point. He said they could approve it for the November ballot and then in June go through the process to add it to the land use ordinance.

It was noted at the meeting that the Planning Board wants a solar ordinance in place because they do not have any guidelines currently.

Placing it on the ballot was approved by a 5-0 vote on Sept. 8.

The board also voted 5-0 to approve adding a proposed fireworks ordinance to the November vote. It would ban all use of consumer fireworks in the town, though commercial fireworks in accordance with state guidelines would still be allowed in some situations.

In other business, the Select Board appointed David Pio to serve on the Planning Board. Pio has lived in Rockport for a year, having come from Los Angeles and having worked previously in Chicago. He has experience as a landscape architect and real estate developer.

Lynn Rutter was added to the Conservation Commission. Her background is as an environmental educator.



Lynn Rutter
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