#City & Town Planning
Target:
Hopkinton Town Council
Region:
United States of America
Website:
www.gofundme.com

This is a petition by residents of Hopkinton, RI to the members of the Hopkinton Town Council asking the Council NOT to enact new legislation to enable the installation of a large commercial solar array in a residential area.

The applicant, Atlantic Solar, LLC, has requested that the Hopkinton Town Council pass two related ordinances to amend the town's Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Map to rezone 30 acres of property from RFR-80 rural residential use to "commercial special - solar only" and to allow the applicant to install and operate a commercial solar energy power plant covering 10 acres of land.

The Town Council is under no obligation to provide such legislation to the applicant and can simply refuse to do so.

The subject property is situated in a rural, residential zone near 568 Main Street (Route 3), surrounded by other residential property, where the commercial manufacture of electricity is prohibited.

The Hopkinton Planning Board has reviewed the project and issued an adverse Advisory Opinion on October 9, 2018, recommending that the Town Council DENY the applicant's request on the basis that the proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Map are not consistent the goals and objectives of the Plan.

Please indicate on the petition whether you are an abutter, a nearby neighbor (3000 foot radius) or a Hopkinton resident.

See the list of abutters and neighbors, and other information on the Atlantic Solar project, here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/f6e78eb7yjv6v7h/AADiA23_LFs-CFPjQsyQvYR6a?dl=0

We also urge Hopkinton residents to take a moment to sign our petition against the Skunk Hill Solar project - which is many times the size of the Atlantic Solar project - here:

Say No to Skunk Hill Solar! Petition

In addition to the petitions against these specific projects, we also urge Hopkinton residents to sign our petition opposing the threat of solar sprawl and the practice of "spot zoning" to accommodate the efforts of solar developers to industrialize rural, residential neighborhoods in Hopkinton.

Here is the petition to "Keep Hopkinton Country!"
Keep Hopkinton Country! Say No to Spot Zoning and Industrial Solar Sprawl Petition

Here is a link to our crowd funding campaign to pay legal expenses:
https://www.gofundme.com/KeepHopkintonCountry

PETITION TO THE HOPKINTON TOWN COUNCIL

To DENY the Request by ATLANTIC SOLAR, LLC

For Enactment of Comprehensive Plan/Zoning Map Amendments

At Main Street - AP 7 Lot 32; AP 10 Lot 87; & AP 11 Lot 35

Atlantic Control Systems Inc. (c/o James R. Grundy), Applicant

The undersigned residents of Hopkinton, including legal abutters who own property within 200 feet of the above referenced property and nearby neighbors within a radius of 3000 feet, respectfully request that the Hopkinton Town Council DENY its approval for a Comprehensive Plan Amendment and a Zoning Map Amendment to allow the installation of an industrial solar power plant in a rural, residential RFR-80 zone, where the commercial manufacture of electricity is strictly prohibited.

We CONCUR with the determination of the Hopkinton Planning Board, expressed in its adverse Advisory Opinion to the Town Council dated October 9, 2018, that the applicant’s proposal is not consistent with the following elements of the town’s Comprehensive Plan:

a. Land Use Goal #1 (LU-1), to protect the quality of life and rural character of Hopkinton;

b. Land Use Goal #4 (LU-4), to preserve existing working farms, wildlife, and wildlife habitat; and

c. Housing Goal #1 (H-1), Hopkinton will be characterized by safe, secure, and attractive residential neighborhoods.

We SUPPORT the efforts of the Hopkinton Planning Board to preserve the rural character of the Town of Hopkinton; to faithfully adhere to the stated goals of the town's Comprehensive Plan; and to defend the integrity of the established planning and zoning process for our town.

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The Say No to Atlantic Solar! (Near 568 Main Street) petition to Hopkinton Town Council was written by Hopkinton Citizens for Responsible Planning and is in the category City & Town Planning at GoPetition.