Affordable Housing and wind power got a boost yesterday in Barrington, Rhode Island. Generating backyard or rooftop power with a wind turbine was accepted with a condition by the town council. A special use permit will be required from the zoning board, and it can not be higher than 35 feet. The affordable housing amendment were set as part of the towns requirements to meet certain affordable housing goals set by the state. Planning Board chairman Mike McCormick, who briefed the councilors on the amendments at the start of the hearing, said “there was significant sentiment on the Planning Board to spread affordable housing throughout the town”.