Blue Hill Town Hall. The town is holding a special meeting on Feb. 17 to decide whether or not to enact a moratorium ordinance regarding commercial solar activities. FILE PHOTO

Solar moratorium vote scheduled in Blue Hill

BLUE HILL — The town of Blue Hill is holding a special town meeting by secret ballot to decide whether or not to enact a Moratorium Ordinance Regarding Commercial Solar Activities. Voting will be on Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at George Stevens Academy.

The ordinance, which is available on the town website, would give Blue Hill six months to amend its Land Use Ordinance to address solar developments.

As a result of the Maine Legislature’s net energy billing legislation, “developers have expressed interest in and aggressively pursued the development of commercial solar facilities throughout the state of Maine, including in the town,” the ordinance states. Furthermore, the town’s existing ordinance “is insufficient to prevent serious public harm that could result from the siting, installation and operation of commercial solar facilities within the town.”

The York Road in East Blue Hill is the subject of at least one proposed development.


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