Bullard Solar Denial to Become Official Today
Residents are hoping to pass a bylaw that that will prohibit similar solar projects in residential areas.
After a 4-month battle between local residents and solar developer Renewable Energy Massachusetts, the Planning Board is set to announce a formal denial of a proposed solar project on Bullard Street today.
A public hearing in front of Holliston's Planning board pitted the solar developer against droves of Holliston residents, who came to oppose the project on grounds including health and aesthetics.
Hearing testimony from locals on how the plant would affect residents' daily lives, the Planning Board voted unanimously against the project last week.
Today, the Planning Board will present its formal denial of the project, citing the impact to the health, safety and welfare of the area's residents.
Members of Stop Bullard Farm Solar Plant, a group organized online in opposition to the project, are now hoping to pass an amendment to town zoning laws that will prevent a similar project from being implemented.
The law would allow for the use of solar cells on homes and places of business, but would require a special permit for projects such as the one proposed for Bullard Farm.
Holliston residents will vote on the legislation at town meeting on May 7.