Documents filed under Zoning/Planning from Wisconsin
This document represents the WI Wind Siting Council's final recommendations to the Public Service Commission regarding the proper siting of wind energy facilities. The Council was unable to achieve consensus on its findings and recommendations. Included in the document is a minority report prepared by four of the fifteen members sitting on the Council. Appendix B contains the straw proposal proffered by the Chairman of the Council, Dan Ebert. The straw proposal formed the basis of the recommendations.
The township of Holland in northeastern Wisconsin recently drafted an ordinance to protect the health and safety of its residents from Invenergy LLC's proposed plan to build industrial wind turbines within 1000 ft. of residences. After extensive study and review of wind turbines and their effects on people, wildlife, farm animals, and land, the town wind study committee, planning commission, and town board unanimously approved increasing the set-back to 2640ft(1/2 mile) from occupied structures and limiting noise to a maximum of 35 decibels. A summary of the ordinance is below. The full ordinance can be accessed by clicking on the link(s) at the bottom of the page.
Union Township adopted this wind energy ordinance governing the placement of industrial scale wind turbines in the town.
At the August 4, 2008 town meeting, the Town of Ridgeville located in Monroe County Wisconsin passed a wind ordinance to govern placement of wind energy turbines in the town. Section VI of the ordinance establishes the development and performance standards to be adhered to, including turbine sound limits and setbacks. The full ordinance can be accessed by clicking on the link below.
The Town of Wilton, in Monroe County Wisconsin, recently adopted a land use ordinance that governs the placement of wind energy turbines in the town. Sections H and L of the ordinance address the standards pertaining to turbine sound limits and setbacks respectively. The full ordinance can be accessed by clicking on the link below.
The Magnolia Township in Rock County Wisconsin passed a wind ordinance to govern placement of wind energy turbines in the town. Sections G and J of the ordinance define standards pertaining to turbine sound limits and setbacks respectively. The full ordinance can be accessed by clicking on the link below.
The Township of Clay Banks, Wisconsin approved a wind energy ordinance to govern the construction of wind energy conversions systems (turbines) within the Township's boundaries. The full ordinance can be downloaded by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page. The sections on Noise and Setback requirements are excerpted and presented below.
This memorandum was distributed to landowners participating in Midwest Wind Energy's Stony Brook wind farm proposed for Calumet County, Wisconsin. The memo was sent within two days of the County Board supervisors adopting amendments to the wind energy facilities ordinance.
The Calumet County Board of Supervisors of Calumet County Wisconsin adopted an ordinance governing sound levels and setbacks pertaining to industrial-scale wind turbines. The text of the ordinance adopted appears in the file linked to this page -- Chapter 79 of the ordinance. Click on the link to download the document and go to pdf page 266 of 325.
The Town Board of Chilton Township in Calumet County, WI passed this Wind Energy System ordinance on Jan 14, 2007. The ordinance details specifications for conducting sound measurement procedures which follow ANSI standards. Sound measurement procedures which follow ANSI standards ensure the sound measurements are not open to potential bias.
This letter by community noise expert, George Kamperman, was presented to the Township of Chilton and the County of Calumet in advance of their deliberations on the proposed wind energy ordinances. The Township of Chilton adopted the ordinance on Jan 14.
This ordinance was adopted by the Trempealeau County Board in a 10-6 vote (see: http://www.windaction.org/news/13246 ). The ordinance distinguishes between three types of wind turbines including hobbyist, personal, and commercial. Commercial turbines include a 1-mile setback from habitable structures. The ordinance provides a comprehensive section on noise level limits for the turbines including specific requirements pertaining to pre- and post- construction noise studies. The adopted ordinance which can be downloaded below was sent to IWA by the Trempealeau County Clerk Paul L. Syverson.
This ordinance was adopted by the town of Woodville, WI. The ordinance contains important noise restrictions.
1. PURPOSEThe purpose of the Ordinance is to provide a regulatory scheme for the construction and operation of Wind Energy Facilities in the [Town/County], subject to reasonable restrictions, which will preserve the public health and safety.
Editor's Note This is essentially a 'how to' guide for wind energy developers based on issues and problems encountered prior to July 2004.
The purpose of this document is to provide a tool for local communities to deal with the emerging issues relating to the siting of commercial wind energy facilities within their boundaries. This document has been prepared by the Town of Barton, Washington County, Wisconsin in conjunction with the Town’s Planner, Patrick J. Meehan of Meehan & Company.