Crotched Mountain ski area says zoning rules don't apply on lighting
Branley said that according to the planning board, the lights at Crotched Mountain need to have shields to direct illumination onto the trails so they're lighting only what needs to be lit.
The planning board has since asked selectmen to issue a cease-and-desist order against the ski area, owned by Peak Resorts, and has drafted a notice of non-compliance requiring the lights to be shielded within 30 days. That notice will be sent to the ski area this week, Branley said.
"Francestown's ordinances were really written for street lighting and parking lot lighting," said Terry. "Even if we shielded the lights, we still wouldn't be in compliance with the ordinance as written."
"Instead, we're applying for a variance," said Terry. "That seems like the most practical way to go."
"It's the norm for ski area lighting," he said.
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