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A special site to see was on full display at the Davison County North Offices on Tuesday night.
The Lincoln County Commission once again punted on wind turbine rules, leaving both investors in a massive wind farm and its opponents in the lurch.
One ordinance change would require 2-mile setbacks for wind turbines, which officials say would prevent Tradewind Energy from building a 200-megawatt wind farm in northeast Walworth County.
The meeting, which closed in on three hours, ended with the commissioners narrowly voting to approve the property value guarantee, a 1,500 foot setback for participating landowners and six times the distance of the tower length or 3,000 feet setbacks from non-participating landowners. The ordinance will still get two readings before the Deuel County Commissioners April 18 and April 25.
Several residents spoke out against a 1,000-foot setback proposed as a buffer between a person's home and a wind tower, many citing potentially diminished property value and possible health effects the towers could cause.
Scott pointed to health and safety concerns, and wondered how a wind turbine within 1,000 feet of his home could potentially impact his property value. Scott's concerns come approximately one year after the commission denied a 9- to 11-turbine wind farm just down the road from his property.
Meeting at the Clear Lake Community Center in front of an audience of at least 200 people, the county commission didn’t get very far when it came time to possibly approving or denying the proposed ordinance revisions recommended by the Deuel County Planning and Zoning Board in January.
"Basically, the main issue was, of course, wind energy setbacks," Hare said. "At a previous meeting, they had modified the setbacks to 2,600 feet. Then they moved to change the setbacks back to the original 2 miles. For the wind energy people, that pretty much kills the deal."
Lincoln County residents worried about the impact of a planned wind energy project will have to wait until February at the soonest for a final resolution on the project. County commissioners decided Tuesday to punt until 2017 on a set of proposed restrictions on wind turbines in the fast-growing county that includes the southern edge of Sioux Falls.
The future of a wind power project in Deuel County is still undecided following another Deuel County Zoning Board meeting this week in Clear Lake.
The Deuel County Zoning Board narrowly denied an application by Flying Cow Wind, LCC, to build a wind farm near Lake Cochrane. The Bitter Root Wind Farm would have put up to 14 wind turbines on agricultural land on the eastern edge of the county near the Minnesota border.
Carrie Walkes of Avon, who has taught college nursing courses, spoke of her concerns about reported negative health effects of wind turbines. To prove one of her points, she touched Avon Clarion publisher Jack Brodeen — who volunteered for the demonstration — with a tuning fork. "I did feel it, and it would not be comfortable," Brodeen said.
The township adopted an ordinance to establish a 1-mile setback for any turbine larger than 75 feet tall. Under the approved ordinance, no large wind energy system could be built within 5,280 feet of the nearest residence of a non-participating homeowner, or within 1,500 feet of the nearest neighbor's property line. ..."We're not against wind energy; I think wind energy is great," Amick said before the meeting. "But an overwhelming majority of the township residents have voiced their opinion on this, with signing the petition."
LETCHER — Opposition to the construction of turbines in rural Letcher hasn't knocked the wind out of the project's sails.
Davison County residents will not have the opportunity to refer the denial of a $40 million wind farm to a public vote.
The proposed wind farm would have occupied a 3-mile by 1-mile stretch of Brad and Peggy Greenway's land in Beulah Township, which continued to garner heavy dissatisfaction from neighbors concerned with the project's impact on quality of life and property value. After the project was denied, Juhl Energy's Vice President of Project Development Corey Juhl expressed his confusion and disappointment in the outcome.
At Tuesday’s Davison County Commission meeting, the five commissioners unanimously decided to table the vote for a 9- to 11-turbine wind farm in Beulah Township after hearing concerns from several county residents about the project.
Gene Stehly wants answers. ...Stehly, and 15 to 20 neighbors he's spoken with about the wind turbines, are hoping the five-person commission takes some time to consider the project's potential impact on neighbors to the Greenways' property. "It's a fairly serious issue in terms of the way it might negatively affect a very large number of people. And this seems to be moving along pretty fast, considering it's kind of the first project in Davison County of this nature."
If investors find enough land, they will then need approval from the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, and Bon Homme County will have the opportunity to establish a conditional use permit.
A Davison County committee has OK'd a conditional-use application to allow a Minnesota-based wind energy company to install a temporary wind tower that will gauge the feasibility of wind turbines between Mitchell and Mount Vernon.