PORTLAND, Maine — Portland planners are getting ready should someone seek to erect wind turbines in the Maine city.
The Portland Planning Board unanimously approved this week a 16-page ordinance to regulate turbines installed by residents, businesses or the city.
The ordinance would prohibit turbines in the city’s historic landscape districts, but it would allow turbines on residential and commercial properties, if they meet certain height and sound restrictions and don’t “substantially obstruct public views.”
It would allow turbines as tall as 160 feet in some areas, a common height for many 100-kilowatt turbines.
City Planner Jean Fraser tells the Portland Press Herald the ordinance is trying to find a balance between those people who don’t want any residential wind turbines and those who do.