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Wind turbines [can] now be placed a minimum of 1,000 feet from a home’s foundation, with other setbacks for roads, powerlines and waterways. Michael Woodyard of the Ad Hoc Citizens Committee for Property Rights spoke to the board Monday to voice concerns about safety, the environment and property rights.
Speaking to the Board of Commissioners, Woodyard requested that the County Commissioners place a six-month moratorium on the ordinance, citing that the Regional Planning Commission, which oversees these types of activities, has rarely met to discuss the ramifications of installing wind turbines in Morgan County.
The committee passed a mandatory setback of 1½ miles from municipal limits, while leaving a 1½- to 3-mile setback window at the discretion of city officials, which was endorsed by DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith and Sycamore Mayor Curt Lang, who also attended the meeting. Committee members also passed a 1½-mile setback from forest preserves and amended a previously passed component about tower decommissioning.
Courthouse computer security, enterprise zones and road work were among topics discussed at Monday’s meeting of the Monroe County Board, but the matter drawing the most attention this week is a proposed wind farm in the bluffs.
The Ford County Board’s zoning committee finalized a package of proposed changes to the county’s ordinance regulating wind farms Tuesday morning, including a proposal to more than double the distance that wind turbines must be from homes. ...The committee re-voted on the proposed ordinance to include a setback of 2,250 feet from primary structures, or four times a turbine’s tip height, whichever is greater. The amended proposal was approved unanimously.
County Mapping, Platting and Zoning Director Mike Fausz said the windmills Koppeis is hoping to erect would be among the largest in the state of Illinois. He also said the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has signaled it has concerns about the wind farm.
If the committee approves the proposed changes, the ordinance would advance to the zoning board of appeals and planning commission, and those two panels would then vote on whether to concur with the recommended changes before the full county board would take its own vote to approve the revised ordinance.
DeWitt County Zoning Board of Appeals asked to change set back locations by an addition 1,000 feet could jeopardize the entire project.
The Knox County Board’s Assessor and Zoning Committee voted during its meeting to forward conditional use permits for two temporary meteorological towers for the wind farm to the full Knox County Board. ...Oakland-based Orion Renewable Energy aims to bring the 300-megawatt wind farm to the county.
The DeKalb County Planning and Zoning Committee passed several more elements of the ordinance draft during its special meeting. Those new components passed require no radio frequency and electromagnetic field interference as a result of wind turbines, a zero-tolerance policy for shadow flicker and flash, and sound level regulations including a maximum allowable level of 30 decibels from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. and 35 decibels from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
NEWMAN — Developers of a wind farm in Douglas County expect to apply for a county permit by the end of summer to begin construction early next year on a 200-megawatt wind project that could be operational by the end of 2019.
Plans for a wind farm ran into a big problem Monday night after the township voted to ...set stricter rules for wind farms. Tuesday night, township residents voted 86 yes - 57 no to creating a zoning ordinance which would create new rules for their land.
A new wind energy battle is taking root in DeWitt County
DANVILLE –The Danville Area Planning and Zoning Commission this week will revisit changes to the city’s zoning ordinance pertaining to solar energy and wind energy system regulations.
Progress is being made on a DeKalb County wind energy ordinance, ahead of an 18-month moratorium that was passed last year and is in effect until September or until an ordinance is passed.
Members of the Danville Area Planning and Zoning Commission tonight will consider the addition of solar and wind energy system regulations to the Danville Zoning Ordinance.
County plan panel listens to residents voice safety, health concerns
DeKalb County Board Chairman Mark Pietrowski Jr. said the moratorium to come up with a wind farm ordinance still is in effect through September. That comes after the County Board approved a solar farm ordinance that went into effect last month. Pietrowski said the board is still in the research process for the wind farm ordinance, and there is no draft of the ordinance yet.