Articles filed under Zoning/Planning from Ohio

Tougher setback rules for wind turbines generate controversy

GREEN SPRINGS, Ohio — Ohio’s highly contentious debate over setback requirements for massive wind turbines is being played out in rural Seneca and Sandusky counties, where a company ready to invest $92 million vows to walk away unless the Ohio General Assembly comes up with rules much softer than those Gov. John Kasich signed into law in 2014.
3 Dec 2017

Senator seeks to ease wind setback rules

No new wind farm applications have been filed with the Ohio Power Siting Board since. Mr. Hite said some projects already approved before the stricter rules took effect would like to take advantage of new technology developed in recent years, but they fear that changing the projects’ designs now would open them to the tighter restrictions.
15 Sep 2017

State shouldn’t determine setbacks

Why should the setback be shorter than turbine manufacturers’ recommended safety setback of 1,300 feet? They recommend their own technicians not be within 1,300 feet of an operating turbine, but it’s all right for Ohio’s rural residents to be well within that when it is measured to our homes.
10 Aug 2017

Trespass zoning is wind energy’s secret subsidy

Where the wind developer can use these unleased properties for nuisance noise and safety easements free of charge, they have no reason to approach the neighboring residents to negotiate a fair price for their loss of amenity. Trespass zoning has deprived wind plant neighbors of all economic bargaining power. Trespass zoning has donated their private property to the neighboring landowner’s wind developer tenant.
20 Feb 2016

New Ohio law mandates larger turbine setback distances

Today Ohio Governor Kasich signed into law a requirement that setbacks be measured from property lines, not nearby residences. If a wind developer wants to locate turbines closer than the new setback allows, the developer must negotiate easements and compensate rural landowners for the intrusion of wind turbine project impacts.
16 Jun 2014

Champaign County seeks rehearing on turbine amendment

Officials from Champaign County and three townships filed an application Thursday asking the Ohio Power Siting Board to reconsider issues included in a proposed amendment to the first phase of the Buckeye Wind Project. Earlier this year, wind farm developers sought changes to the first phase of the project, which included relocating four access roads, re-sizing two construction yards and relocating a substation.
24 Mar 2014

Kalida wind turbine issue may go to the voters

Following a lengthy, and at times vociferous, discussion of the wind turbine project, council voted 3-2 against proceeding with the first reading of a rewritten ordinance to allow wind turbines in industrial areas. It was then the consensus of council to obtain information from the Putnam County Board of Elections to put the issue on a special election.
3 Apr 2012

Columbiana council eyes wind turbine rules

The regulations would apply to anyone within the city interested in installing a wind energy conversion system (WECS) under the five-megawatt size on their property. ...The regulations state that "shadow flicker" from the turning of the blades cannot be allowed to affect the neighbor's home, the WECS must have brakes and cannot be more than 100 feet tall.
23 Jul 2010

Avon planners recommend OK for wind turbines

With an eye on the future of alternative energy, Planning Commission recommended to council the approval of an ordinance allowing wind turbines in the city. If passed, wind turbines of up to 200 feet would be permitted north of Interstate 90, provided they have setbacks equal to the structure's height.
28 Mar 2010

Buckeye Wind's application accepted

Construction of the first commercial-scale wind-powered electric generation facility in Ohio could begin as early as next summer in Champaign County if the Ohio Power Siting Board approves the proposal submitted in April by Buckeye Wind, LLC., a subsidiary of Everpower Wind Holdings Inc. which recently finished construction of its first project, located in Pennsylvania. As the first, the decisions made by officials likely will set precedent for future applications and preview the process for any possible future applications in Logan County.
19 Aug 2009

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