Walnut approves more limited setbacks
After consulting with Village President Robert Brasen and reviewing current maps, LeSage recommended limiting wind turbines in the 1 to 1.5 mile range to the industrial use areas on the northwest and southeast areas of the village.
Brasen said those areas would go along with the village's future plans, which would likely continue industrial growth in those areas.
July 7, 2011
by Barb Kromphardt
in Bureau County Republican
WALNUT - The Walnut Village Board has approved an ordinance that will regulate both big and small wind turbines outside the village's corporate limits.
Four weeks after authorizing Village Attorney Rob LeSage to create a setback ordinance, trustees approved an ordinance that was even more restrictive than was first proposed.
At Tuesday's board meeting, LeSage said the ordinance would regulate both large commercial wind farms and small personal use wind towers, and set forth a conditional use procedure for the approval of permits.
"It's takes a leap from the existing conditional use procedures," he said. "This will require what I call a... [continue via Web link]