Ridgeline protection: Mercer should take proactive approach
Joe Coburn, president of the Mercer County Commission, said the board has not had any real discussions about whether or not to create a ridgeline ordinance for Mercer County. Coburn added he wasn't aware of any entity interested in building a wind turbine farm in Mercer County. ...Why repeat the same mistake made by Tazewell County.
January 2, 2011
in Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Considering the mistakes made by neighboring Tazewell County, the Mercer County Commission would be wise to give ample consideration to a ridgeline zoning ordinance.
Tazewell County had no existing zoning ordinances in 2008 when Dominion and BP purchased 2,600 acres of land on East River Mountain for the purpose of developing a large-scale wind farm. The county Board of Supervisors subsequently found themselves locked in a 16-month long debate about whether or not to adopt a so-called ridgeline protection ordinance. The ordinance, eventually passed this past February on a 3-2 vote, essentially restricts the height of tall structure structures built along... [continue via Web link]