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Delaware County wind farm opponents are asking for setbacks that would almost certainly prevent construction of a wind farm. Opponents are proposing a minimum setback of two miles (or 10,560 feet) between wind turbines and dwellings.
Residents in Howard County have recently begun urging the commissioners to change the setback requirements. Wind farm opponents are seeking a setback of 4,921 feet from non-participating property lines. The Tipton County Board of Zoning Appeals approved the proposed Prairie Breeze Wind Farm planned by juwi Wind with the requirement of a 1,500-foot setback from property lines.
An estimated 850,000 to 1.7 million bats have died from collisions with wind turbines in the United States and Canada since 2000, said Mylea Bayless, director of conservation programs for Austin, Texas-based Bats Conservation international.
Opposition to a possible wind farm in Delaware County is growing. An overflow crowd of about 75 people showed up at a city-county plan commission meeting on May 2 to voice objections to a potential wind farm.
Bledsoe explained it had been been no secret that E-ON had been looking at Delaware and Randolph counties for wind energy and there was nothing for government to do until some rules were in place. Rybarczrk had said other counties like Marshall at Plymouth, were imposing a moratorium for wind farms.
An overflow crowd of about 75 people showed up at a city-county plan commission meeting Thursday night in opposition to a possible Delaware County wind farm.
Susie Cox said although E.ON indicated it doesn't plan to start the project until late 2013 or 2014, the company is speeding up the process and could file for improvement location permits in May.
A proposed wind turbine at an electrical union's Merrillville headquarters is expected to provided job training opportunities for union members, but some Hobart residents who live near the site have concerns about how it could affect them.
For more than two hours Monday, the Howard County Commissioners heard from local and Tipton County residents opposed to wind farm development. The commissioners were asked to impose a moratorium on permitting or accepting new applications for the placement of wind farms in Howard County.
The Tipton County Board of Zoning Appeals placement of conditions on the Prairie Breeze permit of a 1,500 foot setback from property lines and development of a property value guarantee ...could make future wind farm development in the county impossible, or difficult at best, he said.
The Whitley County Concerned Citizens (WCCC) reviewed the most recent Purdue pro-wind ‘study' that appears to be little more than an editorial from a public university. This study, referenced in an article published in the latest issue of Inside Indiana Business and making its way around the Internet (http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/newsitem.asp?id=58637), claims to be ‘science-based' but is riddled with problems.
Tipton County officials have decided not to accept any new applications for wind farm construction until after a public hearing.
The moratorium will not affect the juwi Wind conditional use permit approved by the Tipton County Board of Zoning Appeals last month for the proposed Prairie Breeze Wind Farm or placement of meteorological towers. The moratorium will remain in place until Oct. 1 or until the county's wind ordinance is amended by the Plan Commission and approved by the commissioners.
Two Boone County Commissioners disagree with a Purdue University study that a "very vocal and, thus, influential" minority group of rural residents killed plans for two wind farms here.
Marshall County commissioners may have put the kibosh on a commercial wind farm in the area. Monday, commissioners decided they will have County Attorney Jim Clevenger draft a resolution to ban commercial wind farms in the county. Once the resolution is prepared, it will go to the Plan Commission for a vote, then several public hearings will be held before the ban can be made official.
Stricter wind farm conditions set by the Tipton County Board of Zoning Appeals for the proposed Prairie Breeze Wind Farm appear to being having little effect on local officials when it comes to wind farms in Howard and Grant counties.
The three commissioners unanimously motioned to have County Attorney Jim Clevenger draft an amendment to the zoning ordinance to send back to the County Plan Commission asking them to prohibiting commercial wind systems in Marshall County. The Plan Commission will consider their zoning amendment at their April meeting.
The Board of Zoning Appeals of Tipton County considered Juwi Wind's application for the Prairie Breeze Wind Farm. The Board members were not fooled on the property value question. The permit was approved but with a condition that the project have no impact on surrounding property values. The hearing was called to order at 5:00pm March 20, 2013. This exchange took place at around 1:30am on March 21. The hearing room was filled with residents, most of whom opposed the project. Duration:4 minutes 40 seconds
Steve Edson, director of the Tipton Plan Commission, said Thursday that he could administratively refuse to accept any wind farm application that did not have road, economic development and decommissioning agreements with the Tipton County Commissioners.
The Tipton County Plan Commission has set a special meeting for 4:30 p.m. today in the first floor conference room of the Tipton County Courthouse. Included on the agenda is discussion of stopping any new wind farm applications on a temporary basis until lingering questions surrounding health and safety issues and protecting the property values of surrounding land owners are answered.