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Board prohibits wind energy in village

The Village Board unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday that prohibits electric-generating wind devices from being located within the village, said village Trustee Anthony Stepansky. However, residents living within a 1.5-mile radius of the community can. The device cannot be taller than 75 feet and must generate power that is exclusive to the property.
1 Jun 2012

Outdated wind turbine setbacks need lengthening

The Lee County Zoning Board ...blatantly ignored its statutory responsibilities by recommending that the current 12-year-old, 1,400-foot setback distance between homes and wind turbines remain unchanged. ...this recommendation was made with absolutely no consideration or compassion for the harmful health effects that today's huge wind turbines would wreak upon Township families.
23 Feb 2012

Regulating the wind ... turbines

Committee member Ron VonHolten suggested several changes, including eliminating a section that would have allowed shadow flicker problems to be addressed with plantings or awnings. He also said complaints should include shutting down the turbine from 10 p.m. until 7 a.m. until the problem is fixed. "If it's noise issues, you can't say, ‘Well, in 60 days, I get to sleep,'" he said.
3 Nov 2011

One step closer

Another change came in the area of shadow flicker. Under the ordinance, the primary residence of any non-participating landowner shall not be subject to any shadow flicker at all. Shadow flicker on other parts of the landowner's property will be allowed, but the allowable amount was decreased from 20 to five hours per year.
6 Oct 2011

Board updates wind turbine regulations

Board member Steve Schultz proposed requiring wind farm operators to first obtain County Board approval for turbines. Currently, applicants need only obtain approval from county staff in addition to clearing any necessary environmental hurdles. Shultz's proposal failed.
9 Sep 2011

Zoning issues up for debate

At stake is how the local government deals with issues ranging in impact from a person wanting to move his or her garage a few inches too close to the property line, to whether the county allows a company to erect 100 wind turbines in the area.
17 Aug 2011

Walnut approves more limited setbacks

After consulting with Village President Robert Brasen and reviewing current maps, LeSage recommended limiting wind turbines in the 1 to 1.5 mile range to the industrial use areas on the northwest and southeast areas of the village. Brasen said those areas would go along with the village's future plans, which would likely continue industrial growth in those areas.
7 Jul 2011
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