Articles filed under Zoning/Planning from New York

Somerset divided over wind energy law

The 54-page proposed law restricts any wind energy systems from being built in residential or business districts or within the boundaries of the town's local waterfront revitalization program. The revised law was created with the help of an ad hoc committee that included town officials and residents appointed by the town and Apex. ...​Taylor Quarles, development manger for Apex Clean Energy, said the amended law is effectively a ban on wind energy in the town.
2 Feb 2016

Somerset introduces new wind power law

Somerset Town Supervisor Daniel M. Engert’s proposed new law regulating wind power developments would require companies to pay property owners reimbursements if their property values fall because of the proximity of wind turbines. It also would require a company to pay for a baseline health study of town residents before the turbines go up, and limits the areas in which turbines could be built.
15 Jan 2016

Somerset may amend zoning law

Supervisor Dan Engert presented a proposed local law Wednesday that would amend the Somerset town zoning code regarding commercial and industrial wind energy conversion systems, such as those being proposed by Lighthouse Wind.
15 Jan 2016

Somerset continues turbine battle

The project is said to be a 201-megawatt initiative, placing 58 to 70 wind turbines – which may be as tall as 620 feet in Somerset and neighboring Yates in Orleans County. The preliminary scoping statement was released for public comment on Nov. 23. The comment period continues through Jan. 6.
9 Dec 2015

Wind turbines denied in Hamburg

Under the new law, the Planning Board must approve or disapprove of wind turbines. It appears that Jablonski could get approval under the new law, but it provides for just one wind turbine per property. He then would have to go back to the Zoning Board to ask for a variance for the second one.
5 Aug 2015

Dix delays action on wind farm law

Following a public hearing attended by 25 people, the Dix town board chose to not take action on the proposed wind farm regulations Monday, April 27. Residents from both inside and outside the town of Dix voiced their concerns, which ranged from health and wildlife impacts to property values and setbacks.
29 Apr 2015

Catlin residents draft wind farm regulations

It calls for wind companies to post bonds to cover any decrease in residents’ property values from having turbines near their land. It would also make the companies liable for medical bills caused by health impacts such as noise exposure and shadow flicker, a strobe-like effect created by spinning turbine blades said to cause seizures and other issues.
12 Mar 2015

Some residents voice opposition to wind project at Yates Town Board meeting

“If this project goes forward, all that will be accomplished is us giving millions of tax dollars to a multi-million dollar company to screw up our town ... A project of this scope and magnitude has no place in Yates, or anywhere else for that matter. What we need is sound, systematic commercial and residential growth, not wind farms.” 
13 Feb 2015

When too big is an issue

This sudden political wind shift has its roots in local citizen opposition based on concerns about noise, visual blight and environmental issues. It also springs from fears the state could usurp town authority ...But at the bottom of it all is a sense of unease over any project that seems, well, just way too big, too complicated or too difficult to control.
23 Nov 2014

Catlin eyes windfarm ban

Catlin officials had been close to enacting new regulations limiting where the turbines - which would be 430 feet tall - could be located.  However, the town is now moving toward an outright ban instead, said Catlin Town Supervisor Laverne Phelps.
21 Nov 2014

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