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Editor's note: The existing ordinance, without amendment, includes a setback distance for non-participating homes of at least 1,500 feet from the closest exterior wall. For projects using towers that stand over 500 feet, setback distances are increased by 2 1/2 feet per every foot over the 500-foot height.
Members of the Danville Area Planning and Zoning Commission tonight will consider the addition of solar and wind energy system regulations to the Danville Zoning Ordinance.
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.
While the Zoning Board of Appeals made no decision Tuesday night, its chairman and several members hinted that they are leaning against overturning a building inspector's decision to deny the company a crucial permit. ...Minuteman Wind will have one more chance to persuade members of the panel to overturn Building Inspector Phil Delorey's April 5 rejection of its application for a building permit.
DeKalb County Board Chairman Mark Pietrowski Jr. said the moratorium to come up with a wind farm ordinance still is in effect through September. That comes after the County Board approved a solar farm ordinance that went into effect last month. Pietrowski said the board is still in the research process for the wind farm ordinance, and there is no draft of the ordinance yet.
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- There soon may be more wind farms in Ohio.
Beaver Township in Michigan adopted this protective wind ordinance by a 4-0 vote. A portion of the ordinance is provided below. The full document can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
They require setbacks of four times the tower height and aircraft warning lights that illuminate only when activated by radar. "DTE can still come as long they're able to live by the rules we've set forth.
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.
Commissioner Lee Gabel, however, proposed an amendment that essentially increases the distance towers must be located from the properties of both those who will accept towers on their land and those who won’t. On a 3-2 vote the commissioners agreed to take action on the amendment at their June 7 meeting. They could not do so Tuesday because the public must be allowed time to view the changes.
A judge will decide whether to throw out a lawsuit regarding a proposed Cass County wind farm this week. Two landowners claim a county wind ordinance would violate their property rights.
There are no wind turbines currently installed in Beaver Township. Gray said DTE is scouting different municipalities for their next wind farm to see which ordinances would best suit their needs.
“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.”
Sen. Bailey said, “This legislation, which follows the recommendations of the joint legislative study committee, provides reasonable regulations of the wind industry. It protects the property rights of non-participating landowners, while setting uniform minimum requirements for the construction, operation, or redevelopment of wind energy facilities in the state.
The DeWitt County Board's decisions Thursday night to expand the setback around wind farm turbine towers but not limit their height pleased a developer proposing such a project but left some residents unhappy.
Before the week was out, Savoy's building inspector swatted down the application, faulting it for lacking required information. But the rejection comes with a 30-day appeals period — giving the project one last shot.
“We really need to get something on the books as far as an ordinance much sooner than later,” Supervisor Erik Underberg said in January. “Without an ordinance we are not doing anything in the best interest of the county.”
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.