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After months of wrangling, the county commissioners unanimously approved ordinance changes that will require turbines be placed at least 750 feet away from the property line and 1,200 feet from a dwelling ...residents who've spent the most time and energy fighting wind farm developments said Monday that they "reluctantly support" changes to the setback requirements.
Optiwind's quixotic mission to build a wind turbine came to an end Monday night. The Planning and Zoning Commission voted 4 to 1 to deny Optiwind's application to revise the current zoning regulations, citing the time element and information deficit over possible benefits of the wind turbine.
A pilot wind power program for Baltimore County was withdrawn Monday before a County Council vote after community groups complained the measure failed to protect residential areas from nearby turbines. ..."There was a lot of opposition that came in. People weren't paying attention" to the emergence of the bill during a work session last month, he said.
Members will consider a pilot wind energy program that could give Baltimore County officials time to evaluate how those alternative systems work, what effect wind towers have on surrounding areas and what they might look like. The bill would create a pilot program to test small wind energy systems for use in manufacturing or rural areas.
Included in the ordinance are provisions that would require the setback from a primary structure of a non-participating landowner's property to be 1,320 feet rather than 1,000 feet in the previous version. The provision requiring the setback distance of 1,500 feet from school property remains in the ordinance.
Commissioner David Byers said the county is trying to make people on both sides of the fence happy. And after talking to residents at the county fair last week, Byers said people seem generally accepting of the compromise.
The city is making way for wind turbines that are popping up around the Rio Grande Valley. Officials are setting guidelines for wind turbines and other forms of alterative energy sources after homeowners and businesses expressed interest in installing them here, said John Rodriguez, the city's code enforcement officer.
Noted changes mentioned in a news release issued by McLaughlin include increasing the setback from nonparticipating property owners from 1,000 to 1,320 feet. ..."We want to make sure we got some things in there that protect the county and the people in Adams County, but also we want to make it friendly enough that we don't run the developers away," McLaughlin said.
Fayette County needs to move faster to update zoning for renewable energy and Marcellus shale gas wells, according to some residents who addressed commissioners during a public meeting on Thursday.
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.
It should be noted that two other Planning Board members have wind conflicts, and the lack of a specific wind law would be of great advantage to wind leaseholders like Mr. Edsall and the wind developers. With no wind law, this would bring the control of wind development almost entirely under the control of Mr. Edsall and his conflicted board allowing wide latitude for turbine placement.
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - It was standing room only at a meeting that rarely draws a crowd. The Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission approved a wind energy ordinance has both landowners and turbine companies concerned.
After about two hours of testimony and discussion, Kermitt Waters' neighbors rejoiced and hugged. The Henderson City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night against Waters' request to build a 45-foot wind turbine in his backyard.
"The ZBA was not authorized, in exercising original jurisdiction over conditional use permits, to ignore the zoning law in effect or to affirm the vitality of its earlier issued conditional use permit without considering also the issue of vested rights," he wrote. "The ZBA did not have 'continued jurisdiction' and was without authority to extend the terms of a conditional use permit issued under a zoning law that was no longer in effect."
The daughter of the Sigel Township resident who earlier this week filed a notice of intent to get a proposal on the November ballot asking voters whether two new wind districts should be created in Huron County, said Friday her mother's motive is to give the people a say in this issue.
Glazier believes Krug is circumventing the public hearing procedure by having board members submit questions before the public meeting. He has been campaigning to reopen public hearings on the project, which he says has changed far beyond its original description in the application for a special use permit and as presented during the public meetings.
The trustees major objection to the ordinance presented June 22 was that it did not include provisions for desired setbacks nor a mechanism for public review. Trustees included these specific requirements when remanding the issue back to the commission. Members of the planning commission voiced their disappointment and confusion at the board`s action.
"What is true of any community," he continued, "is that more separation from residences and other occupied sites will likely lead to less objections that we encounter. "There is a definite relationship between the distance from turbines and the noise a particular area will be subject to," Mr. Tayrien said.
"We will have as many meetings as you want," township supervisor Jefferee Simon said. "Wind turbine regulations are in the hands of the planning commission." "We are being asked to make decisions on things that will happen in this community," Karg said. "We need to do our due diligence and take advice of legal counsel so we are not set up for lawsuits."
McKay said in an e-mail that the petition asks voters to create an ordinance that would prohibit industrial development, except logging operations and communication towers, above 1,000 feet elevation in the areas of the Colonel Holman Mountain range and Sugarloaf Mountain. ...The town's wind moratorium, which will have been in effect for a year, expires in October.