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Hays wind project on hold

For months the zoning board, city council, county commissioners, and residents have held meeting discussing the proposed $300 million wind farm in Hays. The project has people on both sides. After being rejected for a conditional-use permit last year, county zoning regulations state Iberdrola, the company behind the Hays wind project, must wait one year before submitting a new application. That year is up in September. ...But the new application will have to wait. County commissioners decided to let the planning commission discuss the year hold on May 28th before deciding if the new application will wait until September.

For months the zoning board, city council, county commissioners, and residents have held meeting discussing the proposed $300 million wind farm in Hays. The project has people on both sides.

After being rejected for a conditional-use permit last year, county zoning regulations state Iberdrola, the company behind the Hays wind project, must wait one year before submitting a new application. That year is up in September.

But Hays Wind Project Manager Krista Gordon is ready to submit a new application now. "I think the county would like to get on with this."

The new application has several changes from the original including:

  • Reducing the total number of turbines from 130 to 100.
  • Paving part of Golf Course Road.
  • Money to decommission old turbines.
  • Double the distance turbines will be from homes.

By building turbines farther away, many people who protested the original application will no longer be able to do so. "By pulling back those boundaries, they're excluding people who are actually in the middle of the project area," said J.P. Michaud, who opposes the wind project.

Gordon says that's not what she's trying to do. "We're giving them space. We're giving them space."

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For months the zoning board, city council, county commissioners, and residents have held meeting discussing the proposed $300 million wind farm in Hays. The project has people on both sides.

After being rejected for a conditional-use permit last year, county zoning regulations state Iberdrola, the company behind the Hays wind project, must wait one year before submitting a new application. That year is up in September.

But Hays Wind Project Manager Krista Gordon is ready to submit a new application now. "I think the county would like to get on with this."

The new application has several changes from the original including:

  • Reducing the total number of turbines from 130 to 100.
  • Paving part of Golf Course Road.
  • Money to decommission old turbines.
  • Double the distance turbines will be from homes.

By building turbines farther away, many people who protested the original application will no longer be able to do so. "By pulling back those boundaries, they're excluding people who are actually in the middle of the project area," said J.P. Michaud, who opposes the wind project.

Gordon says that's not what she's trying to do. "We're giving them space. We're giving them space."

But the new application will have to wait. County commissioners decided to let the planning commission discuss the year hold on May 28th before deciding if the new application will wait until September.

County commissioners will decide whether or not to waive the year moratorium June 2nd.


Source: http://www.kansascw.com/Glo...

MAY 6 2008
http://www.windaction.org/posts/14831-hays-wind-project-on-hold
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