Tuesday, April 2, 2013
What is so unreasonable about that?
The Planning Board approved the Purchase St. project because of Chapter 40A Section 3:
No zoning ordinance or by-law shall prohibit or unreasonably regulate the installation of solar energy systems or the building of structures that facilitate the collection of solar energy, except where necessary to protect the public health, safety or welfare.
Rejecting this industrial power plant on the basis that it is an industrial project, being built on a property that's in a R/A (Residential & Agricultural) zone would have been a completely reasonable (and sane) thing to do. That's how the board could have been working for and supporting the residents of Carver.
But they got it wrong in December 2012, and they received bad legal advice that helped enable them to get away with this. Don't accept the false narrative that rejecting this project would have been unreasonable!
Building a 4,200 panel industrial for profit solar array in the backyards of residents is the one thing that isn't reasonable.