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The Henry County Planning Commission voted to send the "wind energy conversion system" ordinance back to the county commissioners with no recommendation. The final decision is now in the hands of commissioners.
The Henry County Planning Commission voted to send the "wind energy conversion system" ordinance back to the county commissioners with no recommendation. The final decision is now in the hands of commissioners. The proposed ordinance would allow a wind energy company to build turbines 1,500 feet from any house or 750 feet from somebody's property line.
The reasons cited for banning it outright included the safety and welfare of the community, flicker issues, and questions about the county’s ability to provide fire protection to the structures. Those were many of the same concerns raised by the 17 audience members who spoke during the hearing.
What has happened in Jay County since their project became operational? Real estate appraisers advertised to Jay County residents within TEN miles of each turbine to consider having their house and land reappraised, offering assistance with the appraisal and tax appeal process to the Assessor. Horrified, non-lease signers had no idea of the IWT impact, now realizing their trusted county officials have willingly subjected them to diminished values on their greatest investment: their homes.
A controversial proposed wind project in Miami County is on hold and could be dead after county commissioners Monday said a new wind ordinance requiring a 2,000-foot setback of turbines from property lines would take effect next week.
In the past two elections voters have shown, without a doubt, that they are opposed to having Industrial Turbines in Henry County. In counties all over Indiana, voters have expressed the same sentiments. In Henry County the votes, and will of the people, have been totally ignored. I believe that this is wrong.
Wind issues were blown away from the Henry County Commissioners’ agenda Wednesday night by concerns over planning commission matters.
A lawsuit alleging Miami County’s wind-energy ordinance is unconstitutional is set to be decided by a special judge after all the county’s judges recused themselves from the suit. ...The suit argues the wind ordinance violates both the U.S. and Indiana constitutions by restricting land rights.
The debate and disagreements over placing wind turbines in Cass County have turned family members against one another and neighbor against neighbor.
“No doubt,” Tarantino said as he accepted congratulatory hugs and handshakes after the results were announced. “No doubt about it, this was about the wind farm issue. It’s a shame it took all of this to get the message across. People had been trying to tell them for three years. People in this county don’t want wind turbines.”
A judge will decide whether to throw out a lawsuit regarding a proposed Cass County wind farm this week. Two landowners claim a county wind ordinance would violate their property rights.
I am a Fulton County landowner who had the opportunity to sign a lease for wind turbines and said, “No.” Quietly, at first, but with more conviction as time went on. Ultimately, it is up to your community and county officials to decide whether or not to host industrial wind turbines. No one can make that choice for you, but I want to share with you some of our experiences over the past 12 months with the same wind company planning a project in Pulaski and Jasper Counties.
It is with great frustration and disappointment that I sit back at my computer and draft this column.
You likely won’t see a wind farm sprouting in Allen County, but you probably will see more arrays of slowly revolving wind turbines springing up elsewhere in the state.
People have different opinions about what it's like to live near wind turbines, with some considering them a nuisance in a quiet rural landscape and others seeing them as a new source for income in agricultural areas with few other job opportunities .
Local couple argues county's wind ordinance violates the U.S., Indiana constitutions
The Miami County Planning and Building Commission approved amendments to the county’s wind energy ordinance that at least one official said would essentially kill any prospect of future wind turbine installation in the county.
Reading the full ordinance to the full house took approximately an hour, with the most notable change being the 2,000-foot setback for wind turbines from property lines, roadways, conservation lands and other structures and protected areas. That’s double the setback laid out in the current ordinance, which was adopted in 2011.
The community’s health is too important to just take a company’s word that its products are safe. With community health the goal, the burden of proof related to health effects should be on the officials to uphold the health, safety and welfare of the people.
Members of No Wind Farms Montgomery County, a group of concerned citizens battling the construction of wind farms, gave the town council a copy of the law and an ordinance to use as a foundation. The ordinance, which was approved by a 5-0 vote, focuses on “noise regulation of wind energy conversion systems.”