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Isle of Wight planners delay vote on wind turbines

Citing concerns about noise and aesthetics, the Isle of Wight Planning Commission on Tuesday delayed voting on a proposed zoning ordinance that would allow wind turbines to be used for producing electricity.

ISLE OF WIGHT - Citing concerns about noise and aesthetics, the Isle of Wight Planning Commission on Tuesday delayed voting on a proposed zoning ordinance that would allow wind turbines to be used for producing electricity.

County planners asked for more information on Isle of Wight's proposed wind energy regulations, which would allow homeowners and small businesses to erect up to three turbines, each averaging 75 feet tall, on lots by right so long as they met distance requirements from other structures.

The ordinance would require larger users, such as developers or utility producers, would have to conditional-use permits for their projects.

The proposal will come back before the planning commission in 60 days.

The only resident who spoke during the public hearing, Pinky Hipp, said potential for noise is her primary concern.

"They are very noisy, it's a constant whirring sound that is annoying," said Hipp, adding that a wind turbine in Boone, N.C., where she used to live, was dismantled in the 1990s after multiple lawsuits were filed because of disruptive noise it generated.

ISLE OF WIGHT - Citing concerns about noise and aesthetics, the Isle of Wight Planning Commission on Tuesday delayed voting on a proposed zoning ordinance that would allow wind turbines to be used for producing electricity.

County planners asked for more information on Isle of Wight's proposed wind energy regulations, which would allow homeowners and small businesses to erect up to three turbines, each averaging 75 feet tall, on lots by right so long as they met distance requirements from other structures.

The ordinance would require larger users, such as developers or utility producers, would have to conditional-use permits for their projects.

The proposal will come back before the planning commission in 60 days.

The only resident who spoke during the public hearing, Pinky Hipp, said potential for noise is her primary concern.

"They are very noisy, it's a constant whirring sound that is annoying," said Hipp, adding that a wind turbine in Boone, N.C., where she used to live, was dismantled in the 1990s after multiple lawsuits were filed because of disruptive noise it generated.


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MAR 24 2010
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