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Wind turbines proposed

Wind turbine regulations, which are being proposed as more people look into alternative energy sources, are on their way to the Miami County commissioners. If approved by the commission, the regulations reviewed and recommended for approval last week by the county Planning Commission would be added to county zoning regulations. Those regulations are used in townships that don't have separate zoning codes. Jacob Hoover, county planning and zoning director, said current zoning has no rules for the wind turbine generators.

Wind turbine regulations, which are being proposed as more people look into alternative energy sources, are on their way to the Miami County commissioners.

If approved by the commission, the regulations reviewed and recommended for approval last week by the county Planning Commission would be added to county zoning regulations. Those regulations are used in townships that don't have separate zoning codes.

Jacob Hoover, county planning and zoning director, said current zoning has no rules for the wind turbine generators. Probably the closest regulations would be those for private radio antennas, he said.

Hoover said the proposed regulations aim for a middle ground of not restricting a private residential turbine, usually 100-foot or less, versus a 300-foot tower. The two, he said, "are different animals."

The proposed regulations would allow wind turbines of less than 100 feet on private property, if the owner obtains a zoning permit and submits engineering documents. The documents would have to include specific details such as generating capacity, safety measures at tower site, a dismantling plan, a maintenance... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Wind turbine regulations, which are being proposed as more people look into alternative energy sources, are on their way to the Miami County commissioners.

If approved by the commission, the regulations reviewed and recommended for approval last week by the county Planning Commission would be added to county zoning regulations. Those regulations are used in townships that don't have separate zoning codes.

Jacob Hoover, county planning and zoning director, said current zoning has no rules for the wind turbine generators. Probably the closest regulations would be those for private radio antennas, he said.

Hoover said the proposed regulations aim for a middle ground of not restricting a private residential turbine, usually 100-foot or less, versus a 300-foot tower. The two, he said, "are different animals."

The proposed regulations would allow wind turbines of less than 100 feet on private property, if the owner obtains a zoning permit and submits engineering documents. The documents would have to include specific details such as generating capacity, safety measures at tower site, a dismantling plan, a maintenance plan and utility company information on how any excess power generated would be used.

A conditional use permit application and approval would be required for any turbine of more than 100 feet.

Any location for a proposed turbine would have to be large enough to accommodate "a clear fall zone," so if it would fall, it would not fall on the property's residence or on neighboring property.

Hoover and Mike Gebhardt, Bethel Twp. zoning administrator, have been working on proposed regulations since last year.

Gebhardt said the township proposal is almost identical to the county's.

Bethel Twp. has three possible requests for residential generators. Plus, the township zoning appeals board has approved a 197-foot wind metering tower requested by Leo Grusenmeyer for land he owns east of Tipp City.

Randy Mott, planning commission member, said he attended a meeting on a Grusenmeyer turbine proposal for land in Elizabeth Twp., which has its own zoning regulations.. He said it seemed people were looking for information instead of taking a negative attitude regarding the wind generators.

"It would be better if we had this done and on the books. It gives people something to hang their hats on," Mott said of the proposed county regulations.


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JUN 26 2008
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