Opinions wanted: Where should solar and wind projects be permitted?


BURRILLVILLE – Do you support the idea of clear-cutting forests if it’s to build a solar array?

Do you care if large-scale solar facilities are placed in residential neighborhoods?

Is the development of wind energy something you think the town should encourage?

The Burrillville Planning Board is in the process of revising the town’s ordinance regarding alternative energy and wants to know what you think.

The town has posted an online survey to gauge residents’ opinions on alternative energy and the feedback they receive will help planners to make future decisions.

“We have seen how solar and wind facilities have impacted other communities and in some cases become very controversial,” said Planning Director Ray Goff. “We are hoping to avoid this for Burrillville by learning about how town residents  feel about these types of facilities and what they would like for our town.”

Town Councilor Dennis Anderson, who serves at his board’s liaison to planning, noted that it’s important that the survey be filled out by as many residents as possible.

“The collective attitudes and opinions of the community are best reflected when the survey is completed by a significant portion of the population,” Anderson said. “The input received from the survey will drive the direction of this effort. The desired outcome will be an enhancement of the comprehensive plan and potentially modified ordinances that are aligned with the sense of the community.”

The survey takes about five minutes to complete and can be found here.

Goff said that the Planning Board will be working on this issue over the summer months and anticipates having some revisions this fall for the Town Council to consider.

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