Greenwood stands up to corporate America

“It’s great for the small town of Greenwood because it shows that corporate America cannot push little towns around as much as they think they can,” Greenwood resident Norm Milliard said.

On Monday Greenwood voters overwhelmingly approved proposed amendments to the commercial wind farm section of a town ordinance, effectively banning such farms through a new tower height restriction.

The vote was 206-41.

........................When the results of the vote were announced, many cheered and applauded, while others hugged each other. 


And in a letter mailed to Greenwood residents last week, the Bethel Area Business Association laid out its reasons for opposing the amendments, under the theme that they would be too restrictive, and that the town would benefit from the added revenue generated by the project.

The letter also said that “passing the proposed amendments could lead to the closure of private lands to the public, like it did in Bethel.”

Last year Bethel voters passed a restrictive commercial wind ordinance, but after large landowner Bob Chadbourne closed down his Bethel land to recreational use, voters approved a less restrictive ordinance.

Chadbourne said Tuesday he does not plan to close any of his land in Greenwood.

Weyerhaeuser was also contacted regarding whether the company would consider closing its Greenwood land to public use.

Said spokesman Chris Fife, “Weyerhaeuser is proud to be a part of the Greenwood community. We do not plan any changes to our sustainable timber management or public use at this time. Our lands offer the opportunity to not only provide sustainable products but clean, renewable energy too, such as wind and solar power.

.................................But planning consultant John Maloney of AVCOG countered that “Maine municipalities and across the country have limited the size of big box stores that essentially prohibit Wal Marts, limited the height of telecommunication towers, and limit the height of structures and size signs. The amendments do allow for commercial wind energy farms if they comply with standards.”

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