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Sauk Rapids City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Monday that bans wind energy conversion systems within city limits. The city had a moratorium in place barring construction of the systems while a subcommittee explored the technology. The committee recommended banning the systems in the city.
The Austin City Council's decision on new wind turbine regulations was delayed again on Monday, so all members can be present for the vote. The council took City Attorney David Hoversten's recommendation to delay the vote so that the entire council could vote on the proposed regulations.
Officials are going to talk next month about the draft ordinance that would regulate wind turbines within Austin city limits. The Austin City Council decided 4-2 Monday night to meet with the city Planning Commission at its next regular meeting in April. Council members decided they want to work with the commission to resolve the issue.
The Austin City Council will have another vote on its proposed wind turbine ordinance tonight. If the ordinance gets a simple majority approval, as it did on Jan. 19 when councilors voted 5-2, then it will become official. Had the ordinance drawn unanimous approval on the first reading, it would have become law then.
An ordinance that would permit wind turbines to be built throughout Austin is almost to the finish line, though it has one more hurdle to pass. The proposed law, which has been discussed and debated locally for the last several months, actually passed city council by a 5-2 vote Tuesday. However, because the revised ordinance was being presented to council for the first time, it needed a unanimous vote to pass, per the city's charter.
Many residents of Oak Park Village don't want to see - or hear - them in their backyards. Other citizens want them because they could put Austin ahead of the renewable energy game. Yes, wind turbines have been a hotly discussed topic lately, and they certainly were again Monday night.
Having been tabled during a council meeting last month, a proposed ordinance that would allow wind turbines in industrial and commercial districts - but not in residential neighborhoods - is set for more discussion Monday. City council will meet with the city planning commission to begin working kinks out of the draft law, which would allow turbines in certain zones.
City officials are going back to the drawing board with their proposed wind turbine ordinance. After debate Monday, the Austin City Council decided to table the proposed ordinance because council members said it needs more research. Planning Commission chairwoman Lynn Spainhower heard from angry residents of Oak Park Village, who took exception to her remark to the council that the 350-foot setback the commission added last week was "arbitrary."
A vote was scheduled for Austin's City Council, on a proposed wind turbine ordinance, in the city. It would allow turbines, with several restrictions to be placed in industrial parks and commercial areas, but 350 feet away from residential buildings. ...But Monday's council never saw a vote on the issue, it was tabled on the overwhelming support of some concerned residents. A lot of people showed up to voice their disagreement with the ordinance, though it wasn't a public hearing.
Jim and Merlene Stiles, owners of Super Fresh Produce in Austin, are interested in building a wind turbine on their property. But as of now, they can't - a local moratorium is in place on turbine construction as the city is without a specific ordinance regulating their construction. That could change, however, as city officials go forward with a draft ordinance that would layout the dos and don'ts of wind turbine growth within city limits.
The South Washington County School District has abandoned its interest in a large wind turbine as Woodbury officials are near prohibiting that type of project. East Ridge High School will not be the site of a utility-scale wind turbine ...The decision was influenced by a pending alternative energy ordinance that would restrict the size and location of wind turbines in Woodbury.
"We thought we found our Shangri-La," Schulte, a rural Goodhue landowner, told about 90 people gathered Wednesday for an informational wind energy meeting. "If I would have known the (wind) project was in the works, I would not have bought this property." Schulte bought land four miles west of Goodhue more than two years ago. He said many landowners like himself - those who don't own enough property to house wind turbines but will live directly in their shadows.
The Afton City Council continued its wind turbine talk during a work session last month. During a Sept. 8 work session two experts in the field, Brian Ross from CR Planning and Sean Wagner from the architecture firm Meyer, Schere & Rockcastle, spoke to the council about wind turbines and turbine ordinances. “We need to hear how the community feels about this issue,” Afton City Council member Bill Palmquist said.
The Clay County Commission approved an ordinance Tuesday that establishes standards stricter than state law on where wind turbines can be erected and how noisy they can be at night. The new rules apply to projects not regulated by the state, which are those that generate less than 5 megawatts of power.
A moratorium issued last week by the Austin City Council gave city employees 120 days to finalize a draft ordinance concerning the construction of wind turbines within city limits. It is an issue that three Austin residents find imperative to the process of becoming more energy independent.
Unclear guidelines of where residents can erect wind turbines on their property has caused gridlock on the Otter Tail County Board. The issue came to a head after two residents requesting to erect wind turbines left the county's Planning Commission struggling to decide if the permits should be approved. The Planning Commission turned to the county commissioners for direction, suggesting a possible six-month moratorium on wind turbine permits.
The bent tree wind farm project has been in the works since 2003. Now the Wisconsin Power and Light Utility Company is looking to secure a permit in Minnesota to begin construction on the project. But not everybody is happy.
State regulators plan to vote today on a Wisconsin utility's plans to build a massive wind farm in southern Minnesota. Wisconsin Power & Light Co., a subsidiary of Madison-based Alliant Energy, wants permission to start the first phase of the farm on 32,500 acres just north of Albert Lea in Freeborn County. Plans call for scores of turbines that would generate about 200 megawatts of electricity.
State regulators plan to vote Thursday on a Wisconsin utility's plans to build a massive wind farm in southern Minnesota. Wisconsin Power & Light Co., a subsidiary of Madison-based Alliant Energy, wants permission to start the first phase of the farm on 32,500 acres just north of Albert Lea in Freeborn County. Plans call for scores of turbines that would generate about 200 megawatts of electricity.
Austin City Council members unanimously approved Monday an ordinance prohibiting the issuance of permits for constructing wind turbines used for generating electricity. The moratorium will give the time needed for city staff to finalize a draft ordinance establishing specific development standards for constructing such towers.