City loses power over turbines; State law limits municipalities' ability to control height
Mayor Steven Ponto said he's frustrated that the state has hamstrung local communities with such a broad plan.
"Local governments know the needs and desires of their communities better than the state government does," Ponto said. "There should be flexibility on the local governments to make decisions that reflect the needs of the community.
May 22, 2012
by Peter Bukowski
in Brookfield Now
A state law has undercut the city of Brookfield's plans to regulate energy-producing wind turbines.
Essentially, the state law, passed in March, removes the ability for local governments to put certain size requirements on personal wind turbines.
"We can control where they are located on a property but not height, (at least) not to the degree that the Plan Commission and the community wanted to control," explained Community Development Director Dan Ertl.
Turbines will now fall under Wisconsin Administrative Code, although the Plan Commission voted to update the city's code to be in compliance with state regulations.
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