CLAYTON The town board is preparing a letter to voice support for Cape Vincents home rule and to express Claytons concerns regarding BPs proposed 124-wind turbine projects potential visual impacts
Officials said the letter will be drafted with the help of a consultant and could be approved as soon as the next Town Council meeting for submission to the state Public Service Commission.
Were not supporting turbines that would be visible from the river, town Supervisor Justin A. Taylor said.
At the councils June 26 meeting, Cape Vincent Wind Project manager Richard Chandler told Clayton officials the company was looking to erect 495-foot-tall wind turbines, which would be visible from the St. Lawrence River.
The wind developer is following a state Article X process, which expedites the permitting process and allows a state siting board to overrule what it deems unreasonable local laws.
BP plans to conduct visual impact studies from several locations for its pending project application and asked local officials for suggestions as to where these studies should be conducted in Clayton.
The developer plans to submit its application to the state siting board this fall and expects a ruling to be made next summer or fall.
Claytons Town Council next meets July 24.