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Aviation experts are set to clash over the impact a proposed wind farm at Routh, near Beverley, could have on radar installations. Twelve huge turbines could endanger aircraft flying over the region, a public inquiry into the controversial development will hear on Tuesday. Wind farm business RidgeWind Ltd is appealing against East Riding Council's refusal to allow the development at Hall Farm in Routh.
After Enfield town attorney Guy Krogh expressed his concerns with wind farm developer John Rancich's developer's agreement, a second version of the agreement along with a property-value guarantee was submitted to the town two weeks ago. The developer's agreement is written up as if it's clarifying the first developer's agreement, and the housing-values guarantee lays out an offer for Rancich to sign purchasing offers at 110 percent of the market value, among other things. Krogh's opinion on the first developer's agreement was negative, and he described proposed payments to the town as a "bribe."
A local lobby group, dubbed the "Rangitikei Guardians", claims Meridian Energy's Central Wind project will spoil the district's natural beauty. About 25 locals are involved in the group, which came into existence after Meridian announced plans to erect 52 turbines near Moawhango on the border of the Rangitikei and Ruapehu districts. Rangitikei Guardians spokesperson Gill Duncan said the wind farm is in conflict with the Rangitikei District Council's "Unspoilt" motto. "We expect to live in this beautiful country.
Protesters picketed a power company promoting its plan to build six wind turbines at Sempringham Fen this week. Members of AGAST (Action Group Against Sempringham Turbines) outlined their opposition to a wind farm outside Billingborough and Pointon village halls where Scottish Power Renewables held information days on Tuesday and Wednesday.
By a 3-0 vote, the Magnolia Town Board added an ordinance regulating the construction of wind turbines to the books. The vote came on the heels of a heated public hearing at the same meeting, where nearly a dozen Magnolia residents voiced their support or concern for the ordinance. The ordinance prohibits building wind turbines within a half-mile of a building or 1,000 feet of a property line. A provision allows homeowners to add a turbine as an easement to the property if they want a turbine within the half-mile.
On June 26, two of our county commissioners fired the shot heard round the world. I assure you that within 24 hours every large wind farm conglomerate in the world got the news that the biased, hand-picked zoning committee had accomplished their mission. ...Now, we will all be forced to live with wind farm rules that are so vague and minute, they will do little to protect the citizens of our county. Now that the fox is in the chicken coup, we will see dozens of applications to bring in wind farms. Because these huge conglomerates are worried they may lose the monster tax breaks if Congress votes them out, they will be in a mad rush to get things going in our county. Within five years we may not have one scenic location left in Ellis County. When they have destroyed all the high hills, they will just make the towers a 100 feet higher and continue to march across our county.
The board was slated to vote on the law last month but tabled it for further review, primarily based on a guideline that would have allowed a 10-decibel sound increase at a neighbor's property line. Some residents said that would be too loud. The new law calls for no more than an eight-decibel increase.
A proposal to regulate certain types of windmills has hit a nerve in one Onondaga County town. A week from Thursday, Spafford will hold a public hearing on the law aimed at private windmills, but it's ignited a much larger debate. It's easy to see how you could get swept up with the idea of harnessing the wind in Spafford; it's a pretty steady part of living in many areas of the town. ...The town has nothing on the books to deal with wind mills of any kind. The law under consideration is aimed more at smaller wind mills; with three applications for them in the last two months, the supervisor says they have to start somewhere to regulate wind mills.
But here in Gloucester, it seems that government is "by the developer, for the developer." The City Council has cast a unanimous vote to grant a special permit for a private-use wind turbine that Mac Bell plans to install on the banks of the Annisquam River, rising 240 feet into the air and only 315 feet from a playground. Sixty neighbors who live in the immediate vicinity of the proposed turbine site signed a petition opposing it. Ward 3 Councilor Steven Curcuru dismissed this number as "insignificant."
About 175 citizens attended the sixth of the long hearings on Tuesday evening. It took 2 1/2 hours, but everyone who had not spoken in the past was given opportunity to speak for the record. Those in favor spoke mostly of the economic benefits to the area. There was also some mention that it would meet our society's need for electricity as a nonpolluting, renewable resource. Those opposed were mostly concerned about land values, visual and sound intrusion that would alter the quality of life, and possible health effects. About 40 citizens were present for the closing hearing and decision on Wednesday evening. Thompson said, "We're here to look at the wind farm application and how it does or does not meet conditional use guidelines, and the specifics of the zoning ordinance as it applies to the wind tower/wind farm."
The issue of whether a wind farm should be built in Livingston County will come back to a county committee on July 15, after members have digested the information they received Wednesday night. The board's agriculture and zoning committee took up the question of whether Iberdrola Renewables should get a special-use permit to build Cayuga Ridge South Wind Farm, a 155-turbine project scattered across 15,000 acres between Odell and Emington. The committee on Wednesday reviewed the Zoning Board of Appeals findings...
The Railsplitter Wind Farm in northern Logan County has jumped through a big hoop in becoming a reality. After about an hour of deliberation at the Hartsburg American Legion Wednesday, the Logan County Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously voted to recommend the county board approve the project. Attached to the recommendation is a list of 18 concerns, which county zoning officer Will D’Andrea requested. ...After the meeting, a few tears could be seen from members of the audience who were opposed to the wind farm. However, two members of Union Ridge Wind left with the ominous messages: “It’s not over,” and “To be continued.”
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.
After hearing an end to both public comments and closing arguments, the Logan County Zoning Board of Appeals tonight will make a decision on whether to grant a conditional-use permit to allow Horizon Wind Energy to construct 29 wind turbines in northern Logan County. The board also has the option of adding conditions to the permit, including a property value guarantee proposed by Union Ridge Wind attorney Rick Porter. ...Catherine Fogler, a representative from Union Ridge Wind, voiced her final concerns to the board. Fogler said she has medical problems, which, she added, are very expensive, and giving up value on her property was not a risk she could take. "We did not make a bad decision (regarding our property)," said Fogler. "The decision was made by others.
A decision tonight by the Boone County Zoning Committee angers people opposed to building wind turbines there. The turbines would be built on about 70 acres of land owned by the North Boone School District, and would be used to power the schools in that area. People who live nearby say they want more land separating them from the turbines, but county leaders didn't see the necessity in that. The zoning committee ruled to keep wind turbines 1,000 feet from surrounding properties, instead of increasing that distance.
A proposed wind farm in Livingston County was recommended for approval Monday and now moves to the County Board. The Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously voted to recommend Iberdrola Renewables' plan for the Streator Cayuga Ridge South Wind Farm, a 155-turbine project scattered across 15,000 acres between Odell and Emington. ..."The process was very interesting and none of us have ever done this before, except the consultants of course, so we were kind of learning as we went along" [acting chairman] Walters said.
The eight-day hearing at Matlock Town Hall comes after the application for the wind farm in Carsington was turned down by Derbyshire Dales District council last year. The hearing began with statements from West Coast Energy, the district council and Carsington Parish Council. Jeremy Pike, speaking on behalf of the developers, said: "The proposed development would make a significant contribution to the Government's renewables targets.
"You have to have some kind of guidelines," said William "B.J." Smith, Adams chairman. "But we wouldn't want to deny anybody the right to run their own home." Barbin's residential wind-turbine ordinance is based on those enacted by other municipalities. It would requre setbacks from the owner's property line to be at at least equal to tower's height plus 15 feet. Most residential wind turbines are less than 150 feet tall, according to the American Wind Energy Association.
The Boone County Board is considering a zoning ordinance that would permit wind turbines as close as 1,000 feet of adjacent property. That is a far cry from the current setback of 2,000 feet, which after numerous meetings of the Zoning Board of Appeals, three Boone County Board meetings and two years of litigation in the 17th Judicial Circuit Court, was deemed reasonable given the limitations to aviation, crop dusting and quality of life of adjacent property owners. ...An enterprise can be a good neighbor when it listens to its neighbors and makes adjustments accordingly. That is what a zoning ordinance should encourage, and no doubt does encourage for other industry. But why are wind projects any different?
As of Wednesday, the county has a new policy in place. The new policy would fall under the zoning districts' utilities or miscellaneous section and be categorized as a special exception in the city and special use in the county, he said. "What we want to do is make sure adjacent property owners are notified and have no problem with it," he said. "And we want them to meet some basic requirements of height and size."