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Wind law concerns turbine advocate

Times Herald-Record|Michael Randall|May 12, 2009
New YorkZoning/Planning

New Windsor's proposed local law regulating residential and commercial wind energy conversion systems will get a public hearing in July. ...Although George Chaleff found a lot of points to agree with as he got his first look at the law Monday, several sticking points led him to suggest the law could severely limit the number of people who could tap the alternative energy source.


NEW WINDSOR - Residents here soon might be able to harness the wind to power their homes.

New Windsor's proposed local law regulating residential and commercial wind energy conversion systems will get a public hearing in July.

But the man whose application to put up a turbine started the whole discussion still has some concerns.

Although George Chaleff found a lot of points to agree with as he got his first look at the law Monday, several sticking points led him to suggest the law could severely limit the number of people who could tap the alternative energy source.

Chaleff, who owns a green business and wants to put up a turbine both to power his home and show to customers, said his property just meets the three-acre minimum lot size, but that might eliminate others.

The proposal also requires that the towers be set back from the property line 1.5 times the height of the tower.

But Chaleff's biggest concern is that to get a special permit from the Planning Board, an applicant must submit a plan showing all structures and surrounding land uses within 1,000 feet of the turbine's tower.

Having to spend thousands of dollars on fees for architects or other planners - on top of the $17,000 to $18,000 the turbine itself could cost - is likely to discourage many people, Chaleff fears.

Supervisor George Green said many of the requirements - lot size, distance, knowing what's on surrounding lots - take neighbors into consideration. In addition to making sure the towers don't fall on a neighbor's home, there's "a certain amount of noise" the turbines make, Green said.

The Town Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed local law at 7 p.m. July 1.


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