CUMBERLAND — Allegany County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Finan has upheld the county's denial of a 17-turbine wind farm project on Dan’s Mountain, according to The Associated Press.
In December, the Allegany County Board of Zoning denied an application for variances and a special exception for the project because Dan’s Mountain Wind Force “failed to meet its burden of proof.”
Dan’s Mountain Wind Force was requesting a variance to the separation distance for eight residents and a variance for setback requirements at two locations. County code requires that wind turbines have a minimum separation distance of 2,000 feet from any residential structure and a 955-foot setback from a property line.
In order to circumvent the zoning board, the wind farm developer also filed a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity with the Maryland Public Service Commission for the project.
The Allegany County Commissioners are asking that the request be dismissed due to concerns about the county’s public safety communications system, which has radio towers located on Dan’s Mountain, according to PSC documents. The public safety communications system will become the hub for the state’s new interoperable radio system in 2017.