No Solar power plant in Historic Kripplebush ,NY

No Solar power plant in Historic Kripplebush ,NY

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Friends of the Kripplebush Historic District started this petition to Marbletown planning board Town of Marbletown

Petition against the Summit Ridge Power Plant in Kripplebush

 

                  We the undersigned submit this petition to the Marbletown Planning Board to express our opposition to the application for a special use permit by Bennett/Summit Ridge who seek permission to install and operate a large solar power plant in the heart of the Kripplebush historic neighborhood.   We are community members who  respect and love its special character.  We ask the Board to do its job and ensure any development in Marbletown follow the zoning regulations and “consider its potential impact on the visual environment of scenic and historic resources.”  Zoning Regulations Section 200- (D) (17)(a)(3).

We fully support the use of solar power but believe that this project is poorly sited and is not suitable for a historic residential neighborhood.  Confronted with the current application we implore the Board, as our elected representatives, to use its delegated power to deny the permit as currently submitted.  Any permitted use must include three reasonable conditions based on the town’s zoning regulations.

1)      The access road should be moved to the current homeowner’s driveway.   The current design proposes building a new road that runs alongside the homes of 5 longtime residents.  It adds a tenth and very dangerous driveway along a notoriously dangerous S curve on Kripplebush Road.  The access road traverses the Kripplebush Historic District and mars the District.

2)     Require appropriate screening on all sides of the solar power plant as required by the zoning code.   The Zoning Code provides that a vegetative buffer “shall be provided around all mechanical equipment and solar panel arrays to provide screening from adjacent properties.” Zoning Regulations Section 200-D (17)(b)(5).   The current plan includes small trees on the northside that in no way obscure the fence (which is 7 feet high) or the panels (which are up to 15 feet high).  There is NO proposal to screen the view of the 15 foot high solar panels  from the South or the West.  The panels will be visible from the Kripplebush Historic District.  The Board should require the developer to meet its obligation under the Zoning Regulations and require trees, berms, or other natural landscaping to substantially obscure the array at the time it is installed and to provide a plan to maintain them in good condition thereafter

3)     All utility wires should be underground.  The proposed plan has 7 or 8 large utility poles that are visible from the South and West.   Summit Ridge objects to moving all the wires underground because it is too expensive. The Board’s duty is to the community and the cost to the developer is not a factor for it to consider in imposing conditions that protect the community. 

The undersigned do not believe that this location is suitable for a power plant and request that the Board, as our elected representatives, protect our community by denying the special use permit.   If the Board does issues a permit it must impose strict conditions including but not limited A) Elimination of a new access road; B) Adequate screening on all sides that substantially obscure the array; and C) all power lines are underground. 

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