Articles filed under Zoning/Planning from USA

Oklahoma Corporation Commission ends wind inquiry, calls for rules on decommissioning of turbines

“We don’t have enough regulations in rural areas in regards to where these[wind]  farms are going,” Rep. Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville. “It’s imperative we put some in place, not only for the benefit of the wind power, but for the people who have to be around them. Let there be no doubt: The state Legislature is absolutely going to send some legislation forward putting rules and regulations in place."
3 Dec 2014

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

Wind ordinance revisions no easy task

The work teams have been studying areas of the ordinance dealing with property values, decommissioning, noise and shadow flicker, and setback requirements.  Darrell Cameron of rural Rankin chairs the Set-back work group.  ‘’The set-back recommendation was 2,640 feet from the non-participating owner’s property line.  And the group feels that will not stop any wind farm from being developed,’’ says Cameron. ‘’It will simply allow all area residents to participate.’’
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

Feds call for no coastal turbines — unless county thinks otherwise

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it is confident that land area within three miles of the Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay shorelines needs to be protected from wind energy development. ...the federal conservancy agency recommends Huron County include in its wind energy ordinance a “three-mile buffer inland from the shoreline that precludes development of wind power projects,” according to an Oct. 20 letter sent to the county.
17 Nov 2014

Meade planners OK wind district

The prospect of siting about 50 more wind turbines in Huron County moved one step closer to reality Tuesday. In a 4-2 vote, Meade planners approved a wind energy overlay district for DTE Energy’s newest wind park planned for Meade and Colfax townships.
30 Oct 2014

Judge rules Orono can't ban wind turbines

Another Hennepin County judge has weighed in on a lengthy, litigious quarrel over a wind turbine on Lake Minnetonka, deciding that the city of Orono can’t completely ban them. ...The Orono City Council passed a moratorium on small wind conversion systems while the city’s Planning Commission drafts a new ordinance regulating them. 
28 Oct 2014

Wind farm ordinance discussed in Somerset

The Planning Commission does not have the final word.  The county commission will make the final decision. He pointed out that, regardless of what the planners recommend, the county commission “can change the ordinance however they see fit.” That decision could clear the way for the development or stop it in its tracks.
26 Oct 2014

Catlin board to vote on wind farm law

Joseph Calderone, who is mounting a write-in campaign for town supervisor, said, “The wind turbine law doesn’t meet the smell test economically, scientifically, politically and, most importantly, personally. Of the two town halls (meetings) I have attended, not one person has walked up to the microphone and extolled the virtues of wind, the law or the town’s plans for the community.”
8 Oct 2014

http://www.windaction.org/posts?location=USA&p=48&topic=Zoning%2FPlanning&type=Article
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