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The Planning Board is holding a public hearing on whether to create standards governing shadow flicker from wind turbines. The current zoning bylaw, based on the state’s model bylaw, simply says that shadow flicker “should not be excessive.” Planners are considering whether the bylaw, which would apply to turbines built in the future, should be revised to limit flicker to 30 hours per year at any residence. Town Planner Tom Bott said after last week’s hearing that given the “increased public discussions” on flicker, planners concluded that the town’s regulatory “tools should be sharper.” Some residents have complained that shadow flicker from the town’s five turbines is harming their health or intruding on their lives. The board will continue the hearing on Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

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