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BZA President Jerry Acres opened the meeting stating his opinion that the board should not consider modifying the setback requirement of 1,500 which was made a condition when the BZA approved a conditional use permit for the wind farm. The board voted 3-to-1 to deny the request from juwi Wind without conducting a public hearing or allowing testimony from the company, affected landowners and the public.
This publicity is exactly what the wind companies wanted to avoid when they came in quickly and quietly to get leases signed and no one said a word. They and others like them (you can't begin to imagine how many more wind companies there are) understand that their business is controversial at best and damaging to the very communities they move into. They have done this a thousand times, and Big Wind knows from experience that people will stand and fight for their home value, health and safety.
The developer of the proposed Prairie Breeze Wind Farm has filed a complaint against the Tipton County Board of Zoning Appeal seeking judicial review of zoning decisions. The lawsuit filed this week by juwi Wind in Tipton Circuit Court also alleges the Board of Zoning Appeals violated Indiana's Open Door law during a July meeting.
Acres got into heated arguments with Mary Solada, attorney for juwi Wind, and Tim Ochs, who was representing the leaseholders. Acres asked if juwi was going to argue against a property value guarantee, to which Solada said it was an option. "We're not going to consider testimony to eliminate the property value guarantee," Acres said.
It appears likely the next battle over construction of the proposed Prairie Breeze Wind Farm in northwestern Tipton County will be in a courtroom. The Tipton County Board of Zoning Appeals meeting Wednesday came to an abrupt end when BZA President Jerry Acres announced he was limiting testimony on a proposed property value guarantee.
TIPTON - Tipton County paid its attorney more than $1,000 to prepare minutes from the meetings of the county council and county commissioners, an action that raised the ire of local residents.
Opponents of the proposed Wildcat Wind Farm in eastern Howard County are willing to gamble the company won't move forward with the project in the next two weeks. The opponents applauded the Howard County commissioners' decision Monday to table a renegotiated economic development agreement with E.ON Climate & Renewables.
The company proposing to build the Prairie Breeze wind farm in northwestern Tipton County has been denied its request to eliminate a property value guarantee from one of the conditions for the project. Steve Edson, director of the commission, said he made an administrative decision to deny the request.
How far is far enough? As Tipton County attempts to revise its wind ordinance, it is looking to an ad hoc committee to help decide what would be an acceptable setback for a wind turbine. The committee, made up of opponents and proponents of wind energy, presented its recommendations to the Tipton County Plan Commission Thursday, including proposals for noise, shadow flicker and lighting on turbines.
Wind farm opponents want the town of Sharpsville in northwestern Tipton County to create a 2-mile zoning buffer around the city limits. Supporters of the Tipton County Citizens for Responsible Development approached the Sharpsville Town Council with the proposal. Sharpsville currently has no jurisdiction on zoning matters beyond the town boundary.
Many people living in Wells County were very vocal at Wednesday night's meeting showing opposition to the vote. Lautzenheiser said he understands why people are against the vote. "We have a new ordinance that has a bigger setback requirement, however, it can't apply to these because it was filed first," he said.
My home state and my current state are embroiled in an issue that emotionally and physically impacts residents of two counties: Baldwin County in Alabama, and Howard County, where I live, in Indiana. ...The outcomes of the political process in the two counties are diametrically opposed, with one county voting to allow wind farms and the other voting against deployment of huge turbines.
Changes in the Tipton County wind ordinance could be considered by the county commissioners as early as September following action by the Plan Commission. A moratorium on any future wind energy development until Oct. 1 or a review of the wind ordinance was completed was imposed by the Tipton County Commissioners earlier this year.
Though BZA president Jerry Acres said the board doesn't have the ability to determine the property value guarantee, planning director Steve Edson said the board would dictate the terms of any property value guarantee. He said the county attorney would finalize the agreement with juwi's attorneys for board approval.
Developers of the Prairie Breeze Wind Farm, juwi Wind, in May asked the BZA to consider modifiying the setback requirement, which was imposed in March as part of a conditional use permit. At the time, juwi Wind officials said the project couldn't move forward with a 1,500-foot setback.
This document details the land lease agreement between host landowners in Tipton County Indiana and juwi Wind LLC, the German company proposing to erect up to 94 industrial scale wind turbines for a total installed capacity of 150 megawatts. The full lease agreement can be accessed by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.
The Tipton city Plan Commission is recommending the city council impose a moratorium on any wind farm development around the city until the end of 2014. The Plan Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to recommend a moratorium be put in place until Dec. 31, 2014 so that the city's wind farm ordinance can be reviewed and possibly amended.
The Plan Commission is expected to consider a recommendation to place a moratorium on any wind farms within the two-mile zoning jurisdiction around the city limits at its meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Tipton County Courthouse.
Now we get to live with the green-energy monsters. They told us that they weren't noisy, but they are. They whine, they screech, they hum, and most of the time it sounds like the sky is full of jet aircraft. On different occasions they have awakened me in the middle of the night. They will nauseate you, they will disorient you.
EDF Renewable Energy, a third-party operator that maintains wind farms and has recently been working to develop its own, is terminating its lease agreements on nearly 10,381 acres in southeast Tippecanoe County after seven years of communication with property owners.