We would like to commend the Bedford Central School District Board for cancelling the 30-acre solar array off Guard Hill Road at West Patent School. We all learned a lot about the complexities of commercial solar power placed in residential neighborhoods. Moreover, the community had to address a project which was not governed by our town zoning laws and, thus, illustrated the importance of our existing zoning laws, which preclude commercial development in residential areas.
This was a deeply unpopular project with the community. We would encourage the Bedford Town Board to take a lesson from this project and avoid falling sway to “Trojan horse” zoning changes — seemingly green on the outside, but easily abused by developers. We urge the town to leave our existing zoning laws alone.
OpenSpaceBedford (formerly Friends of West Patent)