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Delaware Township adopts rules regulating wind energy systems

It sets parameters for permitting, installation and potential abandonment. For instance, setbacks will be based upon a wind tower's height. Those 35 feet tall or shorter will be held to general township setback requirements, while those 35 to 70 feel tall will require a setback twice the township standard. Systems 105 to 120 feet will need a setback four times the township standard.

DELAWARE TWP. - An ordinance regulating small wind energy systems, a source of renewable energy, was adopted Feb. 13 in a 4-0 vote by the Township Committee. Committeewoman Kristin McCarthy was absent when the vote was taken.

According to the ordinance, "existing local zoning regulations do not address wind power, which while not intended to discourage the installation of small wind turbines, can substantially increase the time and costs required to obtain necessary local land-use permits."

The ordinance states that the township, on recommendation of the township Planning Board, "finds it necessary to standardize and streamline the requirements ... so that this clean, renewable energy resource can be utilized in a cost-effective and timely manner."

It sets parameters for permitting, installation and potential abandonment.

For instance, setbacks will be based upon a wind tower's height. Those 35 feet tall or shorter will be held to general township setback requirements, while those 35 to 70 feel tall will require a setback twice the township standard. Systems 105 to 120 feet will need a setback four times the township standard.

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DELAWARE TWP. - An ordinance regulating small wind energy systems, a source of renewable energy, was adopted Feb. 13 in a 4-0 vote by the Township Committee. Committeewoman Kristin McCarthy was absent when the vote was taken.

According to the ordinance, "existing local zoning regulations do not address wind power, which while not intended to discourage the installation of small wind turbines, can substantially increase the time and costs required to obtain necessary local land-use permits."

The ordinance states that the township, on recommendation of the township Planning Board, "finds it necessary to standardize and streamline the requirements ... so that this clean, renewable energy resource can be utilized in a cost-effective and timely manner."

It sets parameters for permitting, installation and potential abandonment.

For instance, setbacks will be based upon a wind tower's height. Those 35 feet tall or shorter will be held to general township setback requirements, while those 35 to 70 feel tall will require a setback twice the township standard. Systems 105 to 120 feet will need a setback four times the township standard.

Minor site plan approval will be needed for wind energy systems with towers taller than 35 feet.

Lighting a system is prohibited, unless required by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Ground-mounted electrical and control equipment will need to be secured to prevent access by outsiders and the towers must be designed so that there are no step bolts, ladders or any other ways to climb the tower for a minimum of eight feet from ground level.

Applicants will need to submit a site plan, including an "analysis of the wind energy system's impact on migratory birds consistent with US Fish and Wildlife Service guidelines" as well as a "viewshed analysis" with "no fewer than four color photographs of the proposed site" and taken from locations approved by the township board hearing the plan.

A wind energy system would be considered abandoned after 18 consecutive months of disuse and the owner would then be allowed six months to dismantle and remove it.


Source: http://www.nj.com/hunterdon...

FEB 17 2012
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