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The Somerset Town Board unanimously passed laws Monday that would make it almost impossible for Apex Clean Energy to construct its proposed wind-power project in the town. The Virginia company, however, said it will continue to seek review of its plans through the state siting process.
Brian E. Ashley, executive director of the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization, said his agency is not opposed to wind power but is concerned about anything that could negatively impact “the largest economic driver in the north country. “Our overriding concern is the integrity and impacts on Fort Drum,” he said.
Councilman Wayne Rogers called on his fellow Town Board members to explore modifications to the town law adopted prior to the construction of the Jericho Rise project to address some of the problems that have arisen since the wind farm began operation at the end of last year.
The Orleans Town Council will review a proposed new wind law that combines its existing law with a previously proposed amendment that contained 48 pages of additional regulations.
The plans still calls for setbacks of wind towers to be five times the height of the wind tower from the property line of a non-participating landowner. ...The local law for sound decibels to be at .45 or below from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and .35 decibels from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. from a participating landowners residence.
Two town councils with a tentative wind energy facility planned for construction in their backyards will hold public hearings this week to discuss their proposed regulations.
HOPKINTON – The Hopkinton Wind Advisory Board has decided on setting a 24-hour sound decibel limit for the noise the wind towers can produce.
CLAYTON — The Town Council passed an amendment to the town’s zoning ordinance that prevents commercial wind development in the town on May 10.
HOPKINTON – Wind developer Avangrid Renewables says the wind overlay zone proposed by the Hopkinton Wind Advisory Board is using their information based on a 2011 proposal and actually encompasses less land than originally planned.
The Town of Parishville Planning Board made minor changes to its local wind law to make turbine setbacks and sound output more restrictive at a Tuesday night meeting.
he Jefferson County Planning Board approved a proposed zoning amendment from the Clayton Town Council that would prevent commercial wind development within town boundaries. Amendment 40, which would regulate the application process, height and setbacks for structures taller than 35 feet including wind turbines, telecommunication towers, silos, church steeples and amusement park rides was approved with additional comments in a 7-1 vote.
The wind overlay zone will not expand to south of State Route 72, or spill over into the Adirondack Park boundary, like Avangrid Renewables, the company proposing the North Ridge Wind Farm, had requested.
Numerous development concerns, in addition to proposed wind turbine construction, have led the Town Council to consider foregoing a standalone wind law in favor of additional zoning regulations and a state scenic-area designation Wednesday at its next meeting.
A request by wind farm developer Avangrid Renewables to expand the wind overlay zone was not agreed upon by the board, according to Jody Wentzel, vice chairman of the Hopkinton Wind Advisory Board. The board is also considering setting 24-hour decibel limits for the wind towers, different than what the Town of Parishville is considering. Parishville has opted for two 12-hour periods ranging from .25 to .45 decibels.
The moratorium was passed with a 2-1 vote, according to Town Councilman Steve Parker Jr. ..Parker said it was the other council members “beliefs” that a moratorium would “buy the town some time” to further research the wind farm.
Parishville Town Council members voted down a one-year moratorium on proposed wind towers Friday night after 60 to 70 residents voiced their concerns to local politicians.
Following heated debate and much discussion, Town Council members decided not to move forward with a one-year moratorium on the wind energy development proposed by Avangrid Renewables during a special meeting Friday night.
HOPKINTON – More than 100 residents turned out Tuesday to hear the latest information about the debated North Ridge Wind Farm project and voice their concerns.
HOPKINTON — Throughout the towns of Hopkinton and Parishville are yard signs — some bright yellow with stark black lettering and others, a contrasting blue and green.
The Ball Hill Wind Energy Project is one step closer to becoming reality after Tuesday’s special meeting of the Hanover Town Board, during which council members narrowly passed a resolution that would effectively advance the plan.