Town of Cape Vincent Zoning Ordinance Committee discusses regulations for solar energy installations.

Prior to the start of yesterday's Town of Cape Vincent Zoning Ordinance Committee, Town Planning Board Chair Richard Macsherry told JLL that the town citizens could be assured that Peter Gross and British Petroleum would not be given any information regarding the draft zoning law prior to any other Cape Vincent citizen receiving the information.  British Petroleum would be given no special consideration during the development of the new zoning laws. "They see nothing before others see it," Macsherry emphasized. 

Clif Schneider, Chairman of the Town's Comprehensive Plan Committee, reported that it appeared that both committees are on task and his committee is in a position to have the Comp Plan ready for presentation in the Summer when all the town's citizens are in the area. Then, it would be ready to adopt in August. 

Schneider went on to say that it looks like the new Town's Zoning Law will be ready shortly after, perhaps as soon as September before the summer people start to leave the area.

One committee member pointed out that new zoning law should supersede any private agreements made by individual land owners with developers.

The committee briefly discussed where Adult entertainment would be allowed by the new ordinance. Committee Chair Bob Brown made a phone call that confirmed that the Village of Cape Vincent zoning law did not address that issue. It was then agreed that Adult entertainment should only be allowed in the ordinance's newly defined commercial district.
Town of Cape Vincent's Zoning
Ordinance Committee is now
addressing how the new law
will address both
wind and solar.

Yesterday's main discussion was on zoning regulations that would ensure proper siting of solar energy arrays. Chairman Bob Brown had contacted a major supplier of solar equipment and for purposes of discussion described an array as being a solar panel of 10' x 10'. It was generally agreed that the law should allow as much solar on a building's roof as the owner wishes as long as they did not hang over the edges. The main concern for solar arrays would those not connected to the buildings, especially on smaller lots. It was also generally agreed the the owner would be responsible to place solar in such a way that future growth of trees or shrubs on a neighboring lot would not interfere with the exposure to the sun.

The Town of Cape Vincent Zoning Ordinance Committee will address zoning of tall structures during the two meetings scheduled for next week.

People who attend and observe the Committee's progress are allowed to write comments which are placed into a binder and are on a table that serves as a resource library.  Those comments are always available for guests to review.


  1. Anonymous4/11/2012

    Thank you to the town committees for keeping their heads down on these two important tasks. This is also a good time to thank Mr. Mac for bringing some integrity back to the Cape PB.

  2. Anonymous4/11/2012

    Peter Gross has, however, already started his educate the the public campaign. He has met with Addie Russell at her office. Hopefully Ms. Russell has also been educated that folks around these part have no desire to sacrifice their home values, safety and lifestyles so that Peter Gross's and Bp can reap the harvests of massive industrial wind welfare.

  3. Anonymous4/11/2012

    Poor babies, aren't those turbines on Wolfe Island look beautiful?