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Regulations shouldn't halt wind power, just protect public

US Wind Force has been planning this development since at least as early as 2004. Why is it that when a developer starts planning, the county cannot make any changes to local zoning regulations for fear of lawsuit? ...The county commission has the right (and the duty) to make changes to ordinances, when necessary, to protect the well-being of the citizens of Allegany County, regardless of who is planning what project.

At the Allegany County commissioners' hearing held May 5, US Wind Force has given the commissioners three options: leave the current zoning regulations as they are, adopt new regulations proposed by US Wind Force, or let a court decide the outcome.

US Wind Force has been planning this development since at least as early as 2004. Why is it that when a developer starts planning, the county cannot make any changes to local zoning regulations for fear of lawsuit?

Over five years have passed since initial planning was started. If US Wind Force took another five years, would our local government's hands be tied for that additional period as well?

The county commission has the right (and the duty) to make changes to ordinances, when necessary, to protect the well-being of the citizens of Allegany County, regardless of who is planning what project.

I truly hope that our commissioners have the fortitude to continue along the path of adopting the proposed zoning amendments that were developed, openly with the public, over many months.

The proposed amendments are commensurate with more recent zoning regulations being adopted across the US and in Europe.

As citizens and local governments have... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

At the Allegany County commissioners' hearing held May 5, US Wind Force has given the commissioners three options: leave the current zoning regulations as they are, adopt new regulations proposed by US Wind Force, or let a court decide the outcome.

US Wind Force has been planning this development since at least as early as 2004. Why is it that when a developer starts planning, the county cannot make any changes to local zoning regulations for fear of lawsuit?

Over five years have passed since initial planning was started. If US Wind Force took another five years, would our local government's hands be tied for that additional period as well?

The county commission has the right (and the duty) to make changes to ordinances, when necessary, to protect the well-being of the citizens of Allegany County, regardless of who is planning what project.

I truly hope that our commissioners have the fortitude to continue along the path of adopting the proposed zoning amendments that were developed, openly with the public, over many months.

The proposed amendments are commensurate with more recent zoning regulations being adopted across the US and in Europe.

As citizens and local governments have become increasingly aware of the issues associated with these installations, regulations have been tightened in an attempt to learn from previous mistakes.

These regulations aren't meant to preclude development of industrial wind energy systems. Just as they should, the regulations are intended to protect the public from the noise and hazards associated with industrialization right next to their homes.


Source: http://www.times-news.com/o...

MAY 6 2009
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