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Appeal filed against wind power project

An appeal against the Virginia Peak Wind Project was filed Tuesday afternoon with Washoe County, meaning one more hurdle for the alternative energy project slated for an area north of Spanish Springs. ...The appeal was filed in the afternoon on Tuesday, Lloyd said, the final day that an appeal would have been accepted. Lloyd would not disclose the name of the person who filed the appeal.

An appeal against the Virginia Peak Wind Project was filed Tuesday afternoon with Washoe County, meaning one more hurdle for the alternative energy project slated for an area north of Spanish Springs.

The Washoe County Planning Commission approved a special use permit for Nevada Wind, the company developing the wind project, at a Feb. 4 meeting. Washoe County senior planner Trevor Lloyd said the county has been working with Nevada Wind since July and received a completed application in September for the project in Warm Springs. The appeal means that there will be another public meeting, this time with the Washoe County Board of Commissioners.

Lloyd said he believes the meeting will be held sometime in March.

The appeal was filed in the afternoon on Tuesday, Lloyd said, the final day that an appeal would have been accepted. Lloyd would not disclose the name of the person who filed the appeal.

If the county commissioners approve the project upon appeal, Lloyd said an amendment to the regional utility corridor... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

An appeal against the Virginia Peak Wind Project was filed Tuesday afternoon with Washoe County, meaning one more hurdle for the alternative energy project slated for an area north of Spanish Springs.

The Washoe County Planning Commission approved a special use permit for Nevada Wind, the company developing the wind project, at a Feb. 4 meeting. Washoe County senior planner Trevor Lloyd said the county has been working with Nevada Wind since July and received a completed application in September for the project in Warm Springs. The appeal means that there will be another public meeting, this time with the Washoe County Board of Commissioners.

Lloyd said he believes the meeting will be held sometime in March.

The appeal was filed in the afternoon on Tuesday, Lloyd said, the final day that an appeal would have been accepted. Lloyd would not disclose the name of the person who filed the appeal.

If the county commissioners approve the project upon appeal, Lloyd said an amendment to the regional utility corridor reports will be made and the Regional Planning Commission will then have the choice to approve or deny the amendment.

Also if the amendment is approved, Nevada Wind would be able to move forward with the project as long as it meets certain conditions. The more than 70 conditions include stipulations on construction traffic, road conditions and the minimum distance of the wind turbines from existing houses, which is currently one mile.

"The very last step (is) it needs to go back to regional planning commission for a conformance review," Lloyd said. "It is a very lengthy process."

At the Feb. 4 meeting several residents voiced their concerns about the project and Lloyd presented the planning commission with 31 letters from residents as well as a petition signed by more than 350 people in opposition to the project.

The project would place 44 wind turbines on privately owned land and would cost an estimated $200 million, according to Nevada Wind managing partner Tim Carlson.


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FEB 18 2009
http://www.windaction.org/posts/19169-appeal-filed-against-wind-power-project
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