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Trustees remand wind turbine regs; Setbacks, reviews in new proposal

The trustees major objection to the ordinance presented June 22 was that it did not include provisions for desired setbacks nor a mechanism for public review. Trustees included these specific requirements when remanding the issue back to the commission. Members of the planning commission voiced their disappointment and confusion at the board`s action.

The Estes Valley Planning Commission will get another crack at recommending small wind turbine guidelines to the town board after the measure was remanded back to the commission yet again. In a 5-1 vote Tuesday night, Estes Park trustees gave the measure back to the commission with more specific instructions. Eric Blackhurst was the lone trustee to vote against sending the question back to the planning commission. Trustees Mark Elrod, Wendy Koenig, Jerry Miller, John Ericson and Chuck Levine were in favor.

The commission`s most recent recommendation for an ordinance governing small wind turbines within Estes Park town limits was rejected by the trustees in a 4-3 vote at their June 22 meeting. Trustees Blackhurst, Koenig and Miller voted against the ordinance while Elrod, Levine and Ericson were in favor. Mayor Bill Pinkham broke the tie with a no vote.

The trustees major objection to the ordinance presented June 22 was that it did not include provisions for desired setbacks nor a mechanism for public review. Trustees included these specific requirements when remanding the issue back to the commission.

Members of the planning commission voiced their disappointment and confusion at the board`s action.... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The Estes Valley Planning Commission will get another crack at recommending small wind turbine guidelines to the town board after the measure was remanded back to the commission yet again. In a 5-1 vote Tuesday night, Estes Park trustees gave the measure back to the commission with more specific instructions. Eric Blackhurst was the lone trustee to vote against sending the question back to the planning commission. Trustees Mark Elrod, Wendy Koenig, Jerry Miller, John Ericson and Chuck Levine were in favor.

The commission`s most recent recommendation for an ordinance governing small wind turbines within Estes Park town limits was rejected by the trustees in a 4-3 vote at their June 22 meeting. Trustees Blackhurst, Koenig and Miller voted against the ordinance while Elrod, Levine and Ericson were in favor. Mayor Bill Pinkham broke the tie with a no vote.

The trustees major objection to the ordinance presented June 22 was that it did not include provisions for desired setbacks nor a mechanism for public review. Trustees included these specific requirements when remanding the issue back to the commission.

Members of the planning commission voiced their disappointment and confusion at the board`s action. Four members of the commission spoke to the trustees at Tuesday`s meeting.

"We did not realize that this (the setbacks and review) was a policy direction from this board," said planning commission chair Ron Norris. "If that`s the case, let us know and we will act on that."

Norris said he and other commission members thought that the board`s previous instructions when remanding the issue back to them were suggestions to go along with public input, not policy directions. Norris continued that the commission was to also take into account the 1,117 answers from valley residents who responded to a survey on what should be the course of action for the town. He said the commission found that 65 percent of those replying wanted specific regulations to police wind turbines. He said the commission`s June 22 ordinance presented to the town was a result of that public input as well as trustee input.

The decision to have the planning commission revisit the issue saw the trustees not addressing lifting the temporary moratorium on small wind turbines that has been in place since Aug. 11, 2009. With no action, the current moratorium will expire Aug. 31, 2010. The town has the option of extending it until the planning commission resubmits a recommendation and the town has time to act upon it.


Source: http://www.eptrail.com/news...

JUL 15 2010
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