Initial ordinance about windmills gets approval
Draft is headed for Watauga commissioners
May 17, 2006
by Monte Mitchell
in Journal Now
The Watauga County Planning Board yesterday unanimously approved a draft ordinance to regulate windmills.
The ordinance has basic guidelines for someone to put in a windmill to supply power for a home or several homes, but creates stringent requirements for commercial-scale windmill farms.
"Encourage the little ones, make it difficult to get the bigger systems is the goal or the strategy," Joe Furman, Watauga County's planning director, told board members.
First though, the board had to weigh whether windmills are even legal on the mountain ridges where they would catch the best winds.
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