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Don't Make a Scene, Man! Scenic Impacts of Development
Date: Thursday, March 24, 2016
Time: 7:15 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Congregation Bet Ha'am, 81 Westbrook Street, South Portland

Don't Make a Scene, Man! 
Scenic Impacts of Development

The Maine Judicial Supreme Court scuttled a $100 million wind project planned for Penobscot County, with 16 wind turbines generating 48 megawatts of electricity, because it was found to impinge on scenic views from nine nearby lakes. Around the same time, Portland, Maine voters decisively rejected a controversial ordinance meant to protect scenic views of Casco Bay threatened by intruding building developments.

What do these decisions have in common? Both involved projects with significant economic development potential for local communities. Both involved well-funded campaigns that brought often-adversarial groups together to support or defeat development initiatives. And both were based on wildly divergent – and often subjective – assessments of impacts on scenic views.

This forum takes a look at state and local policies, practices, and methodologies to evaluate the visual impacts associated with wind, road, building, and other types of development projects. Public acceptance and confidence in development policies are likely to be enhanced when there is clear guidance for developers, planners, and regulatory decision makers as well as protection of important scenic and cultural resources. But, policies vary widely based on jurisdiction (e.g., state v. local), regulatory framework, size of projects, economics, and other considerations.

Welcome to a science-based forum on a subjective issue!

Speakers Include: 

  • Dawn Hallowell, Regional Licensing & Compliance Manager - Maine Department of Environmental Protection
  • Terrence J. Dewan, FASLA, Principal, Maine Licensed Landscape Architect- Terrence J. DeWan & Associates
  • James F. Palmer, Senior Landscape Architect, T.J. Boyle Associates


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Comment by Gary Campbell on March 17, 2016 at 5:22pm

The PPDLW fight against Bowers was a "well-funded campaign"? That's hilarious. We couldn't even afford a lawyer! The project was so poorly sited that even big money couldn't get it permitted!

Comment by Frank J. Heller, MPA on March 3, 2016 at 8:10am

A call to E2TECH to ask for a slot in the AGENDA should yeild a positive response; esp. a presentation on the visual and audio blight from giant wind turbines and the transmission line clear cuts. habitat considerations are yet another negative impact....let's watch the fall foliage...oh wait, there is that brown scar across the mountain.  

Use Palmer's analysis and PHOTOS/VIDEOS.....

...and mention the remedy is to amend the wind siting act to include an environmental impact analysis, now missing.

Comment by Long Islander on March 2, 2016 at 8:54pm

Where are all the paintings of Maine with wind turbines from Maine's painters - arguably our greatest scenic experts?

Comment by Monique Aniel Thurston on March 2, 2016 at 4:40pm

James F. Palmer, who prepared a visual impact analysis for LURC during the Plum Creek proceeding, put it thus:

There are well developed professional procedures for evaluating the elements that are thought to determine scenic quality and to contribute to scenic impacts (e.g. Smardon et al. 1988, USDA Forest Service 1995). These procedures are grounded in professional experience, and have been accepted by the courts (Smardon and Karp, 1993). However the reliability of these procedures is not well-established through empirical evaluation. What research exists suggests that the reliability of professional assessments is comparable to, but not higher than public assessments of scenic quality. (Palmer and Hoffman 2001, Ribe et al. 2002). (5) [Emphasis provided.]

Comment by Paula D Kelso on March 2, 2016 at 1:47pm

Uh, did you notice the Eaton Peabody sponsorship. Don't get me started on that bunch. They make a bit of money on the wind scam, writing and administering TIF's, attorney for developers, showing up at any and every hearing and meeting and advising town's how to write their ordinances. So I'm guessing this 'forum' is more about how to defeat the 'adversary' than about an objective 'scientific' overview of the dynamics of 'subjective' public debate.


Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.”

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

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