The Mashpee Planning Department has proposed solar panel zoning regulations for consideration at May Town Meeting.

Town Planner Evan Lehrer said Thursday, February 20, that the planning department over the past year has received “a number of inquiries for ground-mounted solar installations at a variety of scales.”

State law states that municipalities can reasonably regulate but cannot prohibit solar panel systems.

Only one section of the current zoning bylaws contemplates ground-mounted solar panels, Mr. Lehrer said.

The proposed zoning bylaw, he said, contemplates, “ground mounted solar at all scales with reasonable restrictions, like setbacks and height restrictions” and would make Mashpee’s zoning regulations more consistent with state law.

Without the regulations, Mr. Lehrer said, there is the potential that if the town denies a solar project and the developer appeals the decision, the permit could be granted on appeal.

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