An early site rendering created by BlueWave Solar shows three proposed solar arrays off of Pine Meadow Road in Northfield. SCREENSHOT
NORTHFIELD — After roughly four hours of discussion, the Planning Board voted to continue its public hearing on the proposed solar arrays along Pine Meadow Road until next month, and requested that the developers modify their plans for one of the three arrays.
The Planning Board will reconvene to continue the public hearing on March 18, at 4 p.m. On Thursday, 65 people attended via Zoom, including members of the Planning Board, Four Star Farm property owners and project developers from BlueWave Solar.
The project would consist of three solar arrays on land owned by the L’Etoile family and Four Star Farms off of Pine Meadow Road. As an agricultural dual-use project, the plan is to continue the agricultural use of the property while supporting the on-site operations.
Speaking Friday, Planning Board Chair Stephen Seredynski said he thought the hearing incorporated productive discussion and provided an opportunity for everyone to address concerns or ask questions about the project.
After discussion, the Planning Board requested the developers make changes to the design for Array A based on recommendations made by consultant Beth Greenblatt of Beacon Integrated Solutions, the Planning Board, the Historical Commission and other input Thursday. Further recommendations were made by Selectboard member and Historical Commission Chair Barbara “Bee” Jacque.
In an email sent to the Planning Board Thursday, before the public hearing opened, Jacque referenced the Beacon Integrated Solutions’ report, stating […]