Proposed Wind Farm in Kibby and Skinner Twps., Franklin County
Last Updated: May 2, 2008
The Maine Land Use Regulation Commission received a rezoning petition from TransCanada Maine Wind Development, Inc, to rezone approximately 2908 acres to a Planned Development subdistrict for a 44 turbine wind farm. The Commission anticipates that the proposal will generate a significant amount of interest. For this reason, this web page was created to share information about the project as well as the Commission's review process.
The Commission's Review Criteria
The purpose of a Planned Development subdistrict is to allow for a large scale, well-planned development that is dependent on a particular natural feature or location that is available at the proposed site. The following links provide further information regarding, among other things, the purpose of a Planned Development subdistrict and the relevant review standards and procedures for evaluating this proposal.
|Document Title and Description||Links|
|Comprehensive Land Use Plan - In particular, reference Chapter 3 - Energy Resources, Chapter 3 - Geologic and Mountain Resources, and Chapter 5 - Goals and Policies.||Comprehensive Land Use Plan (HTML).|
|Title 12 Land Use Law - The Commission's enabling statute, including review criteria for amendments to or adoption of district boundaries, and criteria for approval of a development permit.||12 M.R.S.A (HTML)
Refer to Section 685-A(8-A).
Refer to Section 685-B(4).
|Commission's Land Use Districts and Standards - Description of the Commission's Planned Development subdistrict, its purpose, and the rules and procedures specific to rezoning to this subdistrict and for requesting approval of a Development Plan. Also includes land use standards applicable for requests for development.|| Ch 10: Land Use Districts and Standards (HTML)
Refer to Section 10.21,G.
Refer to Sub-Chapter III.
|Commission's Rules of Practice and Rules for the Conduct of Public Hearings - Detailed description of the Commission's rules of practice (Chapter 4), including rules for rezoning petitions and permit applications, when to hold a public hearing, and procedures and time limits for issuing a permit decision; and the Commission's rules for the conduct of public hearing (Chapter 5), including petitioning for intervention, participation by interested persons, and rules for testimony and questions.||Ch 4: Rules of Practice (doc)
Ch 5: Rules for the Conduct of Public Hearings (doc)
The Commission is providing an opportunity for public scrutiny of this proposal during the course of its review. A formal public review and comment period has been established as part of the Commission's review process (see the permit review period under "Project Updates and Upcoming Events", below). The Commission will host one or more hearings to gather oral and written testimony from the public about the proposal.
If you wish to receive postal or e-mail notices about upcoming events, hearings and important deadlines related to the Commission's review of this proposal, contact Marcia Spencer-Famous (207-287-4933). Please provide your name, postal and e-mail address, and daytime phone number and we will add you to a list of interested parties for this project.
Paper copies of the rezoning petition are available for viewing by the public by appointment at the following locations:
- LUPC's Augusta office (contact Marcia Spencer-Famous 207-287-4933)
- LUPC's Rangeley regional office (207-864-5064)
- The Eustis/Stratton Town office (207-246-4401)
- The Franklin County Commissioner's office (Julie Magoon 207-778-6614)
Project Updates and Upcoming Events
|07/9/2008||Final Decision||Final Decision|
|06/27/2008||Final Staff Recommendation||Final Staff Recommendations|
|04/11/08||Draft Development Plan||Transcanada/Kibby Development Plan (pdf 11MB)|
|1/14/2008||Commission Meeting - The Commission will hold a deliberative session to consider the rezonings and preliminary development plans proposed.||Agenda (html 19.6 kb)
Commission Memo (32.6 kb)
Powerpoint ( pdf 5.15 kb)
Directions to St. Paul Center(77.6 kb)
Live Audio Commission Meeting
January 14, 2008
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Follow this link to listen in to the Commission's meeting
|11/14/07||Public hearing transcript
Public hearing notice, hearing held on Oct 3-4, 2007
|Public Hearing Transcript|
|11/14/07||Pre-filed testimony, received Aug 28, 2007 (available upon request)
Post-hearing comments, received Oct 22, 2007 (available upon request)
|11/14/07||Additional, Information recieved June 5, 2007 on post construction Avian and Bat Mortality Studies and Conservation Package
Letter from TransCanada, received August 29, 2007
|Post Construction Avian and Bat Mortality Studies and Conservation Package (pdf 7.5 MB)
Letter (pdf 39 kb)
|11/14/07||Responses to agency review comments, received July 25, 2007||Response to Initial Reviewer Comments (pdf 69 kb)
Response to LURC Review Comments (pdf 65.5 kb)
Updated Information (pdf 1.5 kb)
Letter (pdf 39 kb)
|05/30/2007||Staff Recommendation, Requests for Intervenor Status - Staff recomendation to grant intervenor status to parties in the proceddings for ZP 709.||Staff Recomendation for Intervenor Status (Word 70 kb)|
|05/02/07||Deadline for requesting Intervenor status - Requests for Intervenor status must be received no later than 5:00 pm on May 21, 2007, and should be directed to Marcia Spencer-Famous, 22 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333.||Request for Intervenor Status (Word, 69 kb)|
|4/25/2007||Petition for rezoning - The draft petition for rezoning was reviewed by LURC staff and determined complete for processing.||Application
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