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Altona Council doesn't yet act on wind-energy law

ALTONA -- Altona Town Council didn't vote last week on the proposed local law that would allow companies to apply to build wind-energy projects.

Altona Town Supervisor Larry Ross said his council fielded many excellent questions on the legislation from a crowd of more than 100 at the Jan. 19 public hearing. He said only one person, a woman from the Town of Clinton, expressed disapproval.

"I thought the audience was very constructive," he said.

The council has given neighboring towns 10 days to express concerns on the issue, he said, and may choose to make adjustments based on that input. However, it is not required to acknowledge those concerns; the neighboring towns have no veto power over Altona Town Council, which Ross said will make a decision at its next meeting.

Noble Environmental Power hopes to build a wind-energy farm in Altona, where existing zoning law prohibits the proposed type of turbines, which would stand at more than 250 feet.

The new provisions, which would ammend the town zoning law, would accept the construction of such towers and also regulate such details as setbacks from homes and roads.
If Altona passes the law, it would not immediately allow for the construction of wind farms. The adjustment of the town's zoning law would only establish a framework to use when considering proposed projects.

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Altona Town Supervisor Larry Ross said his council fielded many excellent questions on the legislation from a crowd of more than 100 at the Jan. 19 public hearing. He said only one person, a woman from the Town of Clinton, expressed disapproval.

"I thought the audience was very constructive," he said.

The council has given neighboring towns 10 days to express concerns on the issue, he said, and may choose to make adjustments based on that input. However, it is not required to acknowledge those concerns; the neighboring towns have no veto power over Altona Town Council, which Ross said will make a decision at its next meeting.

Noble Environmental Power hopes to build a wind-energy farm in Altona, where existing zoning law prohibits the proposed type of turbines, which would stand at more than 250 feet.

The new provisions, which would ammend the town zoning law, would accept the construction of such towers and also regulate such details as setbacks from homes and roads.
If Altona passes the law, it would not immediately allow for the construction of wind farms. The adjustment of the town's zoning law would only establish a framework to use when considering proposed projects.

Daniel Spitzer, the Buffalo-based attorney hired to represent Altona, and Mark Lyons, director of project development for Noble, were present as the proposed changes were introduced.

"Any of the Clinton County wind ordinances are state-of-the-art as they cover more issues and have more stringent setbacks and citing requirements," Lyons said. "The laws still allow for the proposal of a good project. They've struck a good balance."

Lyons praised Town of Altona officials for their inquisitive efforts at comprehending the science behind wind energy and wind farms.

"Everyone in the Town of Altona, from the supervisor on down, is taking a methodical approach to understanding wind energy," he said.

"They are doing their own research, gathering information first hand, traveling to wind farms and forming their own opinions. They are doing a lot of work and research, and, from what I hear, all that work is building a lot of support."

If Altona makes the changes to its zoning law, the application process will detail what happens next, Lyons said.

The council will address the issue again before its next regular session on Feb. 13, Ross said, but no date had yet been set.

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JAN 23 2006
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