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Wind project stalled by lawsuit, mitigation pacts; Permit extensions pending in Lee, Whiteside counties

Work slowed in July 2013, when a lawsuit was filed by 60 residents against Lee County and the previous owner, Mainstream. The court challenges cited nonconforming land-use issues, the turbines' effect on property values, and concerns about noise and shadow flicker. The delays have led to the expiration of special-use permits granted by the counties. The permits expired Aug. 26, 2015, in Whiteside County, and they are set to expire in mid-May in Lee County.
20 Feb 2016

‘Time to stand up ...’

When wind energy development first darkened the door of Bureau County several years ago, there really wasn’t that much information available as to the adverse side effects these projects brought with them. That is no longer the case. The horror stories that used to be happening somewhere else are now being experienced on a daily basis by our very own citizens and residents of Bureau County. The elected officials that brought us the first wind development claimed, and rightfully so, “We didn’t know.” The time has now come for this county board to stand up.
8 Jan 2016

Taxpayers are funding the wind-energy hype

The article paints a picture of renewable energy’s future being threatened by land owners who unpatriotically are hampering attempts to build electrical transmission lines from wind-rich Western states to customers. ...It [the transmission] has not been proven necessary by any state’s regulatory commission.
1 Jan 2016

Zoning board denies wind turbines applications

The ZBA explicitly found the standards for granting the permits had not been met and to the contrary, the turbines “would be detrimental to or endanger the public health, safety, moral, comfort, or general welfare.” Further, the turbines “would be injurious to the use and enjoyment of those who own property in the footprint of the project and would have a negative impact on their property values” and “will impede the normal and orderly development of the surrounding property.”
30 Dec 2015

Walnut Ridge permits: Denied!

After nearly a year of public hearings, the Bureau County Zoning Board of Appeals last week made a recommendation to the Bureau County Board to deny conditional use permits for the proposed Walnut Ridge Wind Farm. ...the zoning board of appeals also recommended denial of an extension request of the 2008 conditional uses permits that were previously extended in 2011 and requested again in 2014.
22 Dec 2015

Landowners demand court review of wind farm project

Macon County officials failed to provide statutory notices for a public hearing as well as essential information in-regard to the proposed wind farm project, a petition for review filed by landowners near the project’s location claims. ...Other issues the claim raises includes how residents who sought information on Twin Forks’ application were not given a copy until after the initial Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, which the case states prevented opposition from gathering information and providing its own experts to speak to the county board on the potential negative impact of the project.
9 Dec 2015

Lawsuit filed to keep turbines from taking root

This land is set to become a wind farm, but dozens are suing the county to stop it from being built. Almost 40 residents have signed onto the lawsuit. They say their rights have been violated, specifically their right to due process. Landowners say the county zoning board didn't provide enough notice for meetings about the project and they feel their voices are being ignored. 
9 Dec 2015

Boone County Illinois wind ordinance

Newwecsordinance-boonecountyil_thumb Following 9 months of testimony and cross examination as well as supportive votes cast by the Boone County zoning board of adjustment, the full county board met and passed this wind energy ordinance with a 9 to 3 margin. The ordinance provides for several protective provisions including establishing setback distances of 2,640 feet or 5.5 times the height of the wind turbine including the blades at the highest point, whichever is greater. A protion of the ordinance is provided below. The full document can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
15 Nov 2015

Gov't doesn't owe fees In wind farm row, judge says

An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday nixed a bid for attorneys' fees by property owners and renters in a dispute with the federal government over the environmental implications of a proposed tribe-backed wind farm, saying that eligibility issues among the individual plaintiffs had muddied the waters. 
5 Nov 2015

Planning, Zoning and Building Committee OKs wind turbine ordinance changes

The Boone County Planning, Zoning and Building Committee on Wednesday voted 4-1 to recommend an amendment to an ordinance governing where wind turbines can be placed in relation to property lines. ...The revised ordinance states that wind energy conversion systems must be at least 2,640 feet, or 5.5 times the height of the turbine tower, away from a property line. The current ordinance states that wind turbines must be 1,000 feet from a residence.
5 Nov 2015

County committee advances wind farm to full board

 It will now be up to the full Macon County Board to determine whether to allow the construction of more than 100 wind turbines. ...“I don't think we're asking you to vote 'no' and stop this thing and throw it out the window,” he said. “But for those of us who live here, it feel it's getting pushed through here all of a sudden.”
21 Aug 2015

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