Articles filed under Zoning/Planning

Monroe County citizens group wants ordinance to put more restrictions on wind farms

Speakers addressed possible mechanical failures with wind turbines; noise; “shadow flickers” from turbine blades and other health effects; karst geology in the bluffs; other environmental issues such as wildlife and groundwater; property values; roads and other infrastructure; and “setbacks,” the required distances between turbines and homes, other structures and roadways. “There are too many what-ifs (with the current ordinance) to protect the taxpayers and the residents of our county,” said Rich Harsey, 47, of rural Waterloo.
11 Apr 2019

Planning Commission revokes NextEra SLUP setting up likely legal battle

The planning commission pointed to the code compliance section of the Pegasus SLUP application as the main reason for revocation. The section reads: “The Pegasus Wind Energy Center will comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations and will obtain all required federal, state, and local approvals, licenses, permits or variances for the proposed wind project prior to the date of construction. ...Despite a portion of the section stating that NextEra would not begin construction until it retains all applicable permits, the Pegasus Project has begun with the construction of base supports as well as roads to the supports.
30 Mar 2019

Windmill foes take control In Richfield

In mid-April, perhaps mid-May, a Town Board controlled by the anti-windmill bloc is poised to approve what former Town Supervisor Nick Palevsky and other people interviewed see as a restrictive code that promotes farming, single-family homes and “agri-tourism,” and prohibits windmills of the kind Monticello Hills proposed, and limits business generally.
20 Mar 2019

Worth aims for wind law adoption in May

The law, if passed, would limit turbine height for projects that would generate more than 100 kilowatts of electricity to 400 feet. Developers would also have to erect turbines and components away from property lines, structures and roads at a distance of five times their height. The law also requires developers not to locate their facilities in areas that would produce electromagnetic interference with radar and various communication technologies.
17 Mar 2019

Worth aims for wind law adoption in May

The law, if passed, would limit turbine height for projects that would generate more than 100 kilowatts of electricity to 400 feet. Developers would also have to erect turbines and components away from property lines, structures and roads at a distance of five times their height. The law also requires developers not to locate their facilities in areas that would produce electromagnetic interference with radar and various communication technologies.
17 Mar 2019

ZBA says ‘no’

Members of the DeWitt County Board will be in the hot seat next month after the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) voted Tuesday to recommend the county deny a special use permit for the Alta Farms wind energy project. The ZBA voted 5-1 to send the matter to the full board for final consideration with a recommendation to not grant the permit.
13 Mar 2019

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