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Hounsfield Supervisor Timothy W. Scee, however, said during a Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency meeting Thursday that he scheduled a public hearing to rescind the law in January. He also said his town board plans to create a separate wind law with guidance from the county planning office. “That mishap was totally my responsibility,” Mr. Scee said.
The Richland Town Board in November approved the measure, which places restrictions on wind turbine farms in the town based on factors including setback from properties, noise production, property value guarantees, environmental tests and decommissioning terms.
The law requires large wind energy facilities that generate 100 kilowatts or more to stay one mile away from facility property lines and their turbines to be no taller than 500 feet, and prohibits the noise from them from exceeding 35 A-weighted decibels for more than 5 minutes to “protect nearby citizens from harmful infrasound.”
According to Town Supervisor Eric Mead on Monday, the new moratorium was not created with the intention to try to delay a proposed 90-megawatt solar project, called High River Energy Center ...NextEra Energy Resources, LLC is eying 550 acres within the town as the buildable area for the project.
Schroder said the wind farm is “highly inconsistent” with Cattaraugus County’s Comprehensive Plan. That plan calls for retaining the county’s rural character, promoting tourism and a healthy and safe environment, she pointed out.
After the public spoke, the resolution came down the line for a final vote that would adopt local laws increasing the maximum height and required setbacks for the turbines, amending the wind overlay district in the town and granting Ball Hill’s application for modification of its special use permit. The motion was given, seconded, and all four councilpersons and the town supervisor all voted no.
A supermajority vote is needed to pass the elimination of one of two substations and placing the five-plus mile interconnect line underground as opposed to overhead.
Because the Chautauqua County Planning Board voted to disapprove the proposed amendments, Hanover, like Villenova, is in the position of needing a supermajority approval (four out of five members voting yes) to pass the proposed amendments.
The Farmersville Town Board has cancelled a public hearing on its proposed wind turbine law set for Monday night because the Cattaraugus County Planning Board has not reviewed the plan. Additionally, Cattaraugus County lawmakers are waiting to see how their proposed resolution blocking large-scale wind energy projects will be received.
At the Chautauqua County Planning Board meeting on July 11, the board decided to table their decision regarding a proposed amendment to the Ball Hill Wind Energy Project in the towns of Hanover and Villenova. On Monday night, the board took it up again and voted 6-3 to disapprove the amended application, which includes an increase in maximum wind turbine height and other changes to the wind parks project.
Following the county planning board’s decision to table its recommendation to the Hanover and Villenova town boards regarding the proposed amendments to the Ball Hill Wind Project, the Villenova Town Board passed a resolution granting the county an extension until July 30.
The changes, adopted during a work session on the wind turbine law, involved increasing the distance from tower to a residence and decreasing the decibels allowed.
“If the town in the very near term can examine those changes to the zoning ordinance, we may consider re-engaging with Hopkinton, but the pre-emptive rejection means we will focus on other New York projects in areas with clearer paths to pursue renewable development,” Mr. Copleman wrote.
The first proposal, to reduce allowable decibel levels from a flat rate of 50 DBA at all times, to 45 during day (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and 42 during the night hours (9 p.m. to 7 a.m.), was approved in a 4-1-1 vote ...Regulations for low frequency noise were also lowered.
“At this point, we are not fighting about the value of the Alle-Catt project in producing ‘green energy,’ nor are we engaging in endless debate on the overall worth of the project. [O]ur most pressing concern is that the guidelines and laws for the development and installation of this project should be the most up-to-date and safest for our land, our environment and our citizens.”
The last stragglers out of the Town of Hopkinton board meeting on Monday saw the flag outside the hall had been lowered to half staff, apparently in protest of the town council’s decision not to vote for a proposed wind law that has been in the works for nearly two years.
The Hopkinton Town Board agreed Tuesday night not to extend the wind overlay zone south of Route 72 as part of their new wind law. The agreement came at a work session in which the public was not allowed to speak.
The North Ridge Wind Project, and the regulations that the town will place on it, has been the subject of much debate over nearly two years. Currently the major issues that remain are whether the town will allow wind turbines to be placed south of State Route 72, as well as some issues of sound limits and setbacks.
The Yates Town Board has approved revisions to the town's wind energy facilities law that bans wind turbines from within 3 miles of the Lake Ontario shoreline and also requires bigger property setbacks of at least a half mile.
Following nearly two hours of often impassioned public comment, the Somerset Town Board on Monday approved a series of changes to the local zoning code aimed at banning the sort of large-scale wind energy system that Apex Clean Energy is proposing. The members' votes were unanimous.