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Wind power permits easier in Brookhaven

Brookhaven Town Hall

Brookhaven Town Hall (Credit: Newsday / Bill Davis)

Harnessing wind power for energy has become easier for Brookhaven homes and businesses after the town board unanimously passed a permitting law at Tuesday’s board meeting.

The law, sponsored by councilman Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld, clarifies the permit process for people interested in wind power energy conversion systems.

The town previously required interested people to seek a variance from the zoning board of appeals because there wasn’t an existing law in place, Fiore-Rosenfeld said.


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The East End Wind Code, which was developed by Riverhead, Southampton, East Hampton and Southold towns, as well as LIPA and Suffolk County, served as a model.

“We revised it and made it special to Brookhaven,” Fiore-Rosenfeld said. “It’s creating a proper permitting process while protecting the quality of life: If a neighbor puts it up, it needs to have enough space.

“The reality is we have a lot of farmland on the eastern part of town, and those people with the larger pieces of land, they may want to put a wind turbine,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to come up with a proper permit process to balance the desire of renewable energy creation with quality of life.”

 

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