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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.
In a letter he submitted to the state Department of Public Service’s website, Orleans Town Supervisor Kevin C. Rarick said that the developer leased land from property owners outside of the town’s overlay district, which was established in the town’s zoning law through an amendment in 2011. Mr. Rarick said Town Board members hope that the developer will follow the town’s laws.
The joint village and town Planning Board approved Atlantic Wind LLC’s permit applications to install three temporary meteorological towers for the proposed Horse Creek Wind Farm project at its monthly meeting Thursday night.
With outside developers looking to build a wind farm in Clayton and surrounding municipalities, town officials felt the need to draft a new local law that would help regulate the development of wind energy projects.
Councilman John Riggi, who voted yes, said “This law, again, has been a long in the making. Frankly, we’re basically running, trying to get this law done, so we can protect the constituency. Article 10 has not given us any guidance to what is reasonably burdensome and what is unreasonably burdensome. So, nobody knows. Nobody knows for sure. That being the case, I think we have to offer the constituency the best protections we possibly can.”
The Hartsville Town Board declined to provide variances to NextEra Energy Resources Wednesday's and it passed a resolution stating the town is "not a willing host" for the Eight Point Wind Project.
The Yates Town Board passed a six-month moratorium on wind energy conversion systems at Thursday’s meeting.
If approved, the 10-page local law will require wind turbines to be less than 165 feet tall and limit their placement to agricultural, agricultural-residential and industrial land zones.
The Orleans County Planning Board is supporting the Town of Yates in revising a nearly decade-old local law on wind energy facilities. The previous town ordinance from 2008 caps the height of turbines at 420 feet. Apex Clean Energy wants to build up to 71 turbines in Yates and Somerset that would be between 490 to 620 feet in height to the top of the turbine blade.
Board members agreed that the town could end up seeking an extension after the six months anyway. “We’ve found that six months is usually not enough to accomplish those goals,” Mr. Prosser said.
The law prohibits wind power development in the waterfront revitalization area near the lakeshore and requires developers to reimburse property owners who sell their homes because of the wind project if they can’t obtain a sale price equal to the value set by an appraiser. The moratorium bans all wind projects for six months.