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The village of Golden says no to wind turbines. Village trustees voted Wednesday night to ban turbine construction within a mile and a half of village boundaries. The vote was close and emotional.
A four-hour public hearing, in which numerous concerns about wind farms were voiced, ended with a swift and unanimous vote by the Ford County Zoning Board of Appeals to recommend the county board approve a special-use permit for a wind farm east of Paxton.
"(Turbine project coordinators) haven't talked to the residents and they are the number one concern when it comes to a project like this," Stevenson said. "To construct a plan without consulting the residents is absolutely the wrong way to go about this." Along with that involvement is a call for further studies to be done, and the assurance that the project is in compliance with the Wind Energy Systems regulations.
The county decided to take another look at those regulations after a developer this past summer expressed an interest in building a 30-turbine wind farm near Hallam, about 25 miles southwest of Lincoln. ...we realized we need to look at the regulations and strengthen them for commerical wind farms."
To the disapproval of the Urbana City Council, plans to install three wind turbines to be placed 1.5 miles southeast of Urbana are moving along. Contract bidders wishing to lead construction on the project have until the recently extended deadline of Nov. 30 to submit their input.
Concerns raised at a recent Iroquois County Board meeting prompted the board to vote unanimously to implement a moratorium on wind-farm construction for the next six months - a measure designed to allow the board to do research and possibly amend the county's ordinance governing wind farms before more come to the county.
A number of questions regarding the proposed regulations by board members who aren't on the committee led to delaying the vote to the board's February meeting, with a special committee-of-the-whole meeting on the issue to be scheduled before that.
A number of outstanding questions regarding the proposed regulations by board members who aren't on the committee led to a motion to delay the vote to the board's February meeting, with a special committee-of-the-whole meeting on the issue to be scheduled before that time. The delay could affect the application approval process from some projects.
The Ashton Village Board hosted a public hearing on Monday, Nov. 1 seeking the input from the community on the proposed 1.5 mile setback of the wind turbines from the village limits.
Board President Sam Miller said the moratorium was approved while the issue makes it way through the Zoning Board of Appeals, which has scheduled a second public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Clayton Community Building, 108 N. Jefferson.
Commercial wind farms in Ogle County got another setback Tuesday when the county board extended a moratorium on granting permit applications. By a 21-1 vote, the board added six months to the moratorium adopted last spring, stretching the temporary hold to June 30 of next year.
The Lee County Board this week passed a 6-month moratorium on all commercial wind turbine permitting and instructed its Zoning Board of Appeals to examine wind farm regulations. The vote was 20-4. The actions are in response to mounting pressure from residents in and around existing and proposed developments.
The Taylorville city council is eyeing an ordinance to ban wind turbines inside the city limits. Alderman Shawn Burtle says some community members have approached the council, claiming the wind turbines would create noise and potential danger if ice forms on the turbines.
On September 21, 2010, the Lee County Board in Lee County Illinois adopted this moratorium on wind farm applications until the ordinance governing wind development could be updated.
The debate of wind energy in Adams County is not over, as communities look at the options they have to control developments around them. There will also be siting hearings before any construction were to begin.
Libertyville Mayor Terry Weppler said the village board felt it was appropriate to extend the moratorium for another six months because Lake County is currently drafting a model ordinance which establishes standards for the siting ...The county is currently reviewing proposed amendments to its unified development ordinance regarding wind energy.
Noting the clear mandate from the citizens of Golden, the Village of Golden Board of Trustees passed a motion that stated that it is in the best interest of the Village of Golden and its residents to implement the provisions of Illinois State Law 65 ILCS 5/11-13-26 and proceed immediately to prohibit the construction of the wind turbines (as specified by the Adams County Wind Ordinance) within the 1.5 mile radius surrounding the Village of Golden's municipal limits.
Village trustees received a petition containing 196 signatures against the development of wind energy within village limits and the 1.5-mile radius surrounding the village's zoning jurisdiction. ...Acciona representative, Chip Readling said the zoning radius around Clayton would eliminate a lot of land from the area, forcing it to realign their turbine alignment.
The petition reads, "In order to protect health and welfare, quality of life, property values, and future economic expansion of the Village of Clayton, I am signing the petition to express my view that wind turbines should not be permitted within the 1.5 mile jurisdictional limit of the Village of Clayton."
Livingston County landowners within proximity to the Streator Deer Run Wind Farm project will not receive a property tax guarantee. The Livingston County Board approved a special use permit request for the project Wednesday by a vote of 16-4 with four board members abstaining.