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Lawyer to Amherst: Proposed solar farm moratorium would be illegal

Lawyer to Amherst: Proposed solar farm moratorium would be illegal

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AMHERST — A local lawyer whose expertise is land use informed the town council in a 12-page written opinion this week that the proposed 18-month moratorium on large solar power installations is “illegal.”

In letter dated Nov. 21, attorney Michael Pill wrote: “for a prohibition (even a temporary one such as a moratorium) on solar projects to be legally valid, it must be shown that the Amherst proposed solar zoning moratorium is somehow essential or indispensable to protection of ‘the public health, safety or welfare.’”

If the moratorium were to be enacted, Pill said he would “recommend that any land owner or solar project developer adversely affected should file a lawsuit immediately in the Land Court.”

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