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Ford County, about 90 minutes south of Chicago by car, has had a moratorium on new wind development since last fall, after opposition was raised to existing regulations calling for 1,000-foot setbacks from any primary building. The county board’s zoning committee held meetings seeking input and recommended setbacks of 2,250 feet from buildings. Now the zoning board of appeals is considering revisions to the regulations, and their recommendations will be passed on to the full county board, which can make further revisions.
Two mass-mailings sent to Ford County residents in recent days oppose Ann and Cindy Ihrke's candidacy for the Ford County Board based on their feelings that tighter regulations need to be adopted for wind farms.
The developers of a proposed wind farm in the Gibson City and Sibley areas in western Ford County are seeking to extend a special-use permit for the project that is due to expire next month. ...An extension of the special-use permit would give Apex Clean Energy three more years to apply for construction permits, which require payment of $5,000 per turbine, since a developer can only acquire building permits prior to a special-use permit’s expiration.
Three weeks after a heated public hearing held by the Ford County Planning Commission produced feedback from both sides of the wind-farm debate, the process repeated itself again last Wednesday night in a hearing held by the Ford County Zoning Board of Appeals.
Capital Power has the plans in place for a wind farm in rural McDonough County– a project the county has been working on for almost a decade. However, residents said it may not be as good at it looks. “We made numerous calls and they said everybody’s in favor of it,” resident Emily Hauge said. “We have not heard anything negative and for the record, we’re against it.”
MACOMB — On Wednesday, Macomb’s courthouse held a public hearing for the latest stages of a wind farm in McDonough County.
Apex Clean Energy ...proposed a wind farm for a portion of Morgan County. With that proposed wind farm, there have been a number of debates taking place with Morgan County Commissioners meetings in regards to the future of wind farms in the area, specifically the future of the county’s wind ordinance.
After more than three hours of public comment, the DeWitt County Board voted 10-1 not to approve a 1,640-foot setback distance from the property lines of a non-participating resident.
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.
GALESBURG — A fourth wind farm project is in the works for Henry 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.
MONMOUTH — A massive project to bring wind power to West Central Illinois may be in the works.
BLOOMINGTON — It's official: two wind farms are coming to northern McLean County.
Meeting will provide 'neighbor-to-neighbor' updates about wind ordinance
The McDonough County Board’s road and bridge committee voted Thursday to recommend approval of an agreement to hire an attorney to draw up a contract for road use in constructing wind turbines on area farmland.
A company spokesman says a major upgrade is underway, and 63 wind turbines will come down over the next two to three months. Some parts may be on the ground for some time. They will be replaced by fewer but larger turbines in coming months.
The board voted 10-8 to let Chicago-based alternative energy company Invenergy build its proposed McLean County Wind Energy Center near Chenoa and Lexington after board members failed repeatedly to change or delay the proposal as approved last month by the county's Zoning Board of Appeals.
About a decade since it was initially proposed, ground has yet to be broken on the proposed Ford Ridge Wind Farm near Sibley. Yet despite the slow development, the company behind the project is hopeful to begin construction soon, with the wind farm being fully operational in just a few years.