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The 180-day moratorium, if passed, would give the town more time to update the Wind Energy Facility Ordinance to address community concerns about the height, noise and other possible impacts of a project. At a public hearing on the issue last month, there was some discussion that perceived "inadequacies" in the current wind regulations might not be sufficient to meet state requirements for a moratorium.
A request by wind farm developer Avangrid Renewables to expand the wind overlay zone was not agreed upon by the board, according to Jody Wentzel, vice chairman of the Hopkinton Wind Advisory Board. The board is also considering setting 24-hour decibel limits for the wind towers, different than what the Town of Parishville is considering. Parishville has opted for two 12-hour periods ranging from .25 to .45 decibels.
The Lincoln County Commission once again punted on wind turbine rules, leaving both investors in a massive wind farm and its opponents in the lurch.
A group of Henry County residents and property owners concerned about the local development of “wind farms” have drafted an alternative to the existing wind energy conversion system (WECS) ordinance. The group’s primary concerns are about the impact on quality of life, including the health and safety of local residents, property rights, future economic development and both the short- and long-term impact on county finances.
One ordinance change would require 2-mile setbacks for wind turbines, which officials say would prevent Tradewind Energy from building a 200-megawatt wind farm in northeast Walworth County.
The meeting, which closed in on three hours, ended with the commissioners narrowly voting to approve the property value guarantee, a 1,500 foot setback for participating landowners and six times the distance of the tower length or 3,000 feet setbacks from non-participating landowners. The ordinance will still get two readings before the Deuel County Commissioners April 18 and April 25.
The moratorium was passed with a 2-1 vote, according to Town Councilman Steve Parker Jr. ..Parker said it was the other council members “beliefs” that a moratorium would “buy the town some time” to further research the wind farm.
Dennis Meyer referenced comments that were made in an article about the decision being about the money that will come into the county coffers. “You have given into the wind energy companies and allowed them to tell the county what works for them,” he said. “You have taken it totally out of the farmers and the property owners that are going to live around them. You also said you are doing what’s best for the majority of the county with no regard to adjacent landowners.”
The DeKalb County Board unanimously approved a moratorium Wednesday on developing wind and solar farms for 18 months or until a sustainable energy ordinance is passed.
Monday, the Township Board approved an ordinance that imposes a year-long moratorium on wind energy conversion systems, giving township officials time to review, adopt and amend local rules relating to wind farms. ...Apex Clean Energy representatives previously said the firm hopes to install 36 to 60 up-to-600-foot turbines across 16,000 rural acres in Shiawassee County.
Parishville Town Council members voted down a one-year moratorium on proposed wind towers Friday night after 60 to 70 residents voiced their concerns to local politicians.
Following heated debate and much discussion, Town Council members decided not to move forward with a one-year moratorium on the wind energy development proposed by Avangrid Renewables during a special meeting Friday night.
A Highland community leader has called for an extra planning condition to prevent the extension of a windfarm should it be permitted following a public inquiry.
HOPKINTON – More than 100 residents turned out Tuesday to hear the latest information about the debated North Ridge Wind Farm project and voice their concerns.
Several residents spoke out against a 1,000-foot setback proposed as a buffer between a person's home and a wind tower, many citing potentially diminished property value and possible health effects the towers could cause.
HOPKINTON — Throughout the towns of Hopkinton and Parishville are yard signs — some bright yellow with stark black lettering and others, a contrasting blue and green.
Scott pointed to health and safety concerns, and wondered how a wind turbine within 1,000 feet of his home could potentially impact his property value. Scott's concerns come approximately one year after the commission denied a 9- to 11-turbine wind farm just down the road from his property.
Martin, as a matter of record recently, went into great detail reading verbatim the entire content of the statute to the commissioners, county attorney and the Mayor. This would leave no doubt in anyone’s mind that they did, in fact have a legal way —not to mention an obligation — to protect the residents of Cumberland County.
Meeting at the Clear Lake Community Center in front of an audience of at least 200 people, the county commission didn’t get very far when it came time to possibly approving or denying the proposed ordinance revisions recommended by the Deuel County Planning and Zoning Board in January.
A years long battle over the wind farm some feared would impact Navy training may have a conclusion in sight.