‘Sec. 1. 12 MRSA §685-B, sub-§2-C, ¶A, as repealed and replaced by PL 2011, c. 682, §17, is repealed.
Sec. 2. 35-A MRSA §3402, sub-§2, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 661, Pt. A, §5 and amended by PL 2011, c. 682, §38, is further amended to read:
The Legislature further finds that, while wind energy may be developed at many sites with minimal site-specific environmental impacts, wind energy developments may have, in addition to their beneficial environmental effects and potential scenic impacts, specific adverse environmental effects that must be addressed in state permitting decisions pursuant to approval criteria tailored to address issues presented by wind energy development. Nothing in this section is meant to diminish the importance of addressing as appropriate site-specific impacts on natural values, including, but not limited to, wildlife, wildlife habitats and other ecological values.
The Legislature further finds that development of the State's wind energy resources should be undertaken in a manner that ensures significant tangible benefits to the people of the State, including, but not limited to, residents of communities that host wind energy facilities; and that the State should seek to host a substantial amount of wind energy as part of a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet the goals established in the state climate action plan developed pursuant to Title 38, section 577.
The Legislature further finds that careful consideration should be undertaken to ensure that wind energy development is sited in the areas in the unorganized and deorganized areas of the State where wind energy development is most appropriately designated as an allowed use by the Maine Land Use Planning Commission.
Sec. 3. PL 2007, c. 661, Pt. C, §6, sub-§4, as amended by PL 2009, c. 415, Pt. D, §2, is repealed.
Sec. 4. Rules. The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Maine Land Use Planning Commission shall amend its rules to make necessary changes to the uses allowed within a district or subdistrict to be consistent with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 12, chapter 206-A and Title 35-A, section 3402, subsection 2. Rules adopted pursuant to this section are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
Sec. 5. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.
AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY, DEPARTMENT OF
Land Use Planning Commission 0236
Initiative: Provides one-time funding for rulemaking.
|GENERAL FUND TOTAL||$2,500||$0|
Sec. 6. Effective date. This Act takes effect January 1, 2015.’